Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Long story short..Esurance, I call shenanigans! I plan to cancel my car insurance with them and tell everyone I know that they are a horrible company to work with. The best part was that we called Nationwide's local office and not only did the guy know the house we moved into but he also came over 10 minutes after we called, went over everything with us, got us a better deal on home and car insurance, and said he didn't really see any issues other than the porch which we want to update anyway. *sigh* I just don't get it.
Anyway, I've been doing tons of research on green building materials. Both Josh and I are very committed to being responsible citizens of the Earth and we want to do that in our home as well. Apparently, there are rubber shingles made from recycled tires that are made to look like slate. They last for 50 years with some having lifetime warranties, can be nailed in (slate has to be "hung" kind of like a picture frame), and are extremely wind resistant. I can't wait to slap those puppies up on the porch when we get it done. Some good info can be found here: http://www.davinciroofscapes.com/davinci-for-homeowners/davinci-slate/slate-features.htm
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Anyway, off my soapbox and onto knitting. I worked on my Blackrose socks from Knitty.com's newest issue. I am knitting them in Handmaiden Casbah and let me just say I freaking LOVE this yarn. It is soooo soft. It's a bit dark to see the pattern but I don't even care. I am enjoying the experience of working with it so much that I could be knitting plain stockinette and still be having a blast. I finished almost one entire leg while watching the inauguration at work. They were sweet enough to broadcast it for us in the cafe so we could all see it and ostensibly not suck up their bandwidth streaming it 4,000 times.
My husband and I were awakened the other night to a sound very like a spoon tapping on the counter over and over. Now, this freaked us both out because it was coming from inside the house. Josh loaded up the shotgun and stalked the house, finding nothing. We sort of wrote it off to weird old house syndrome until this morning. I opened up my lunchbag to find...mouse droppings. Yes, we have been invaded by a mouse. My guess is it probably tried to find a place out of the subzero temps we have been experiencing. The fact that it has lived this long is ironic because I live with these characters:
Three RAT terriers. They are bred to hunt and kill small game and vermin. My oldest,Einstein, has even killed a rat and a mouse in his day. Planck has gone up and made friends with a gopher. Cordova is as yet untested (though she ignored said gopher completely to go lick our neighbor). So kids, you're on report. I expect results pronto. Let's see how they do.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Our dogs hate going out in this kind of weather. They just run to the bottom of the stairs, pee as fast as they can, and run back up. Even our friendly raccoon who lives in our woodpile came out this morning for his daily forage and trudged back to the woodpile after about a minute of being out. I was going to photograph him but I don't blame him at all for not wanting to be out.
Last night I was sitting in my chair watching the Daily Show with Josh and I cast on another sock. Now, I really don't need any other projects. I have some beautiful legwarmers I am working on that I'm nearly done with one of and I have the dreaded size 12 sock of doom. There were empty needles, cashmere sock yarn, and a new Knitty pattern and the temptation was just too great. I vow to finish the legwarmers before the socks though. See, they are so pretty:
I'd like to wear them so I can use all the skirts I own again. I've been pants only since about November.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
So cute! I'm sure I won't think so once we have our vegetable garden in but for now I'm enjoying all the various creatures.
I finished my hat today at lunch after a bit of a frogging. I made the Sweetie Pie hat from the Purl Bee http://www.purlbee.com/jens-sweetie-pie-hat. I liked the pattern and it only used about 3/4 of a ball of Malabrigo Silky Merino. The only problem was the stated length in the pattern. For the medium size, the pattern says to work until the hat measures 7-7.5 inches from the cast on before starting the decreases. Now, I might have a small head but this resulted in the hat being about a half inch too long. I had to frog back all my decreases and eight normal rows and then restart the decreases. I found that 6.5 inches worked much better for my head. I love it though and it is currently keeping my head quite toasty. Today is my birthday so it was a nice present to myself.
We got our first gas bill for our house today and man, not as bad as I thought but replacing the furnace has definitely jumped up on our priority list. I've conceded kicking it down a few degrees so now it is 58 during the week and 60 at night and 60 during the weekend. Hopefully that will make it doable until we can afford a geothermal system. I'm very excited to get moving on it since it would also give us air conditioning and we can hook up our hot water to it. There is a $3000 tax credit with our name on it and we wants it preciouss we does. *ahem* sorry.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I also really love knitting. I spend a lot of time on Ravelry. If you knit and haven't heard of Ravelry, you should check it out. It is the hugest, most fun time sink in the world. I am currently knitting a hat out of Malabrigo Silky Merino yarn. This is my first experience working with the silky merino and I have to say I am totally in love. It is so light, soft, and shiny. The colors are deep and beautiful. I hope that the hat will be warm since I seem to be wearing hats constantly these days in Ohio and I only have one that is really fitting me. The colors are very autumnal.