Saturday, March 17, 2007


A wise reaction to the weather we are experiencing (eyes left).

It has taken me 15 hours to (mostly) decompress from yesterday's journey home. A 25 minute drive took 97. Mostly because of road condtions, but at least 15 minutes of that can be blamed entirely on a person who could not negotiate a smallish incline.

It was dead (bad choice of words) stops like this that made me realize that I (we?) were driving on ice. Uh, oh.

But I made it home with minimal skidding and no tire spinning and would have loved to take a little nap.

Fortunately, with the addition of a gallon of milk (which we truly needed because Friday is our normal grocery shopping night), we were able to have a quite nice dinner of spaghetti with hot sausage and garlic bread. But no nap was forthcoming.

Yesterday afternoon, the front yard looked like this.

The plows were through. The driveway was clear.

Even the front walk (which had finally emerged from its frozen coating) what shoveled off.

We were ready for dinner, then to cozy down to a movie (review at the end).

While I was taking that picture from the front porch, Sparky managed to slip outside. Fortunately for her, the Other Half heard her crying to come back in, or she's be one sorry cat-sickle!

Of course, weather continued, and though this "morning after" shot doesn't look all that different than the "night before," rest assured that there is sufficient new accumulation that more plowing, more snow throwing, and more shoveling will be needed.

Oh poop!

But it looks like the sun may come out.

Please, let spring be on the way.

The body of the latest Dulaan sweater is complete down to the ribbing.

I started the sleeves last night and have decided to switch back and forth between left and right so I am sure that they match.

The decreases are six rows apart, so I can use 6-row patterns, but they will vary in width.

I start with 48 stitches, so a 2, 3, 4, 6, or 8 stitch wide pattern will work. But the next rounds will be 46 stitches, so only a 2 stitch wide pattern will work evenly. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Dulaan means "warm" in Mongolian.

Note to Amy: The increases in the yoke are incorporated every 4th round (16 stitches evenly spaced) rather than every other round on raglan lines. The increases generally fall ona solid round. I used "Cheery-O" in the Kids to Grown-Ups Seamless Sweaters booklet that I've been using for all of these blue sweaters as the basis for this one.

Movie Review: Black Dahlia. Two words: Don't bother.

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Thanks for the info! I think I need to get my hands on that booklet. Your sweater looks great.
The sweater if striking and will make the lucky recipient very happy and proud to have it.

Thank you for the movie review, will save the time of watching and finding out myself.
does this mean you don't want to hear that it was 53 today, and i walked to the drugstore for a 1-mile round trip?

if it's any consolation, i had a migraine afterward from the front coming through (and too much exercise, apparently)
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