Princess is the only one among us with a lick of sense. She's in Cancun for a week.
We're awaiting White Juan II.
Today is Monday night. On Wednesday we are getting a Nor'Easter. On steroids. Super.
Here's the Weather Network's cheeful outlook for Wednesday.
I can live with the 0 hours of sun.
But 40-50 cm of snow?
A little part of me just shrivelled inside.
The snow forecast for Wednesday has varied wildly over the last two weeks. I'm a weather masochist, so I check the weather a bunch of times a day, and I alwlays check the 14 day forecast. 12 days ago, the forecast for this Wednesday said 20-30 cm of snow. Then over the last week it went down to 15-20 cm, then down to 15 cm then up to 20 cm, then 35-45 cm and now they're saying 40-50 cm.
I think that's possibly taller than the dogs.
I'm working from home on Wednesday and Thursday. If the power goes out, I'll knit. In the dark.
I was hoping to have some fibery goodness to show by now, but Canada Post has thwarted me yet again. I'm expecting a couple of orders of yarn (year end bonus yarn from CaterpillarGreen and pity party yarn from BMFA) as well as my BMFA Rockin' Sock Club from January (which I only ordered in February so I think it will go out with the March shipment) and a couple of skeins from Sweet Georgia.
So there's no yarn.
But there are needles.
I wanted to try the ChiaoGoo DPNs but not many places seem to carry them. But my Google search turned up an Etsy store called Grandma's Knit and Crochet. They have a very extensive selection of ChiaoGoo and some Kollage and Brittany needles. But they might just be the speediest store on the planet. I kid you not, within 5 minutes of placing my order, I had an email saying the order had shipped. And it took only a few days to get here from the US.
So if you are interested in ChiaoGoo needles (DPNs, straights, circulars and interchangeables), check out the Grandma's Knit and Crochet site. They're lightning fast.
I ordered the set of 6" stainless steel DPNs for socks. They come in a little zip-up container (with a little side pocket containing some plastic stitch markers and a needle gauge). [I think the bamboo ones come with the green ribbon on the front instead of the red].
The set contains size 0 (2.0 mm), 1 (2.25 mm), 1.5 (2.50 mm), 2 (2.75 mm), 2.5 (3.0 mm) and 3 (3.25 mm).
They're reasonably pointy but of course not as pointy as the Signatures. The finish on them is that same kind of brushed / satin finish on the circular needles. So it's grippy but smooth.
I am testing them on a sock. The sock is Patina by Tanis Fiber Arts and the yarn is TFA Blue Label in Lucky Penny.
IRL it's a little less blue and a little more olivey green. But it's one of her colourways which I fell head over heels in love with.
So that's the needles in action. Their slightly less pointiness means they don't split the yarn as much, which is a plus. I don't know that I'd go so far as cabling without a cable needle with these needles, but you never know.
I also started a Squeeze Me infinity cowl by Anne Hanson for Mikel. It's a 24-row repeat, and I just finished the first repeat. It's 304 stitches on size 3.50 mm needles. I have about half a skein of the yarn left, which means that I'll be able to do 3 or 4 full repeats since I have two skeins of the yarn.
But it's my bedroom knitting, and I'm too lazy to go and get it. Let's hope third time is the charm for a cowl for Mikel....Poor thing has only been waiting since January.
On a completely unrelated note, the people with the Christmas decorations still up in March took them down the day after I took the picture. It took them a couple of days. First the manger scene, Santa and the candle disappeared. Then the big Christmas tree, the Snoopy and the presents disappeared. It took about a week for them to take down their lights.
Last weekend (two Saturdays ago) I had to go to the vacuum cleaner place to get a replacement HEPA filter thing. Ours was long overdue, and that funny little blue thermometer was lit on the vacuum. So I ventured out to the vacuum place (which is a fair distance away off one of the many numbered / lettered exits) only to discover that they didn't have any in stock.
So since I trekked all the way out there, I decided to go into the Global Pet foods place next door. I was looking for one of those dog toys where you stuff the little creatures in various holes and then the dogs have to pull them out. It's apparently a "cognitive challenge" for the dogs.
We had a log with some squirrels in it originally. There's a tiny shredded scrap of faux-fur log left, but that's it.
So I found another one of the log toys along with a replacement bag of squirrels. So there are 9 in total, but I haven't opened the replacement squirrels yet.
Lila instantly pounced and had her way with the squirrels.
It amuses her to bite them until they no longer squeak. So she drives us insane with the noise, then discards the silent rodent and starts on another one.
I have some very amusing video of the dogs and the toy.
They took about a nanosecond to remove all the "leaves".
Here's the log about half a nanosecond after I opened the toy.
This is the "after" shot -- about 1.5 nanoseconds later.
Well, that's the pathetic update for today.
Between the endless cowl and the endless marking, I won't have much to show for a while.
Which is why Canada Post needs to get cracking, because you know there will be no mail on Wednesday or on Thursday. And Friday seems to be a flex day, so if I don't get mail tomorrow, there will be nothing until next Monday.
Good thing the new Joe Ledger book comes out tomorrow!