Sunday, February 8, 2009

Does it Get any Better Than This?

It was 74 degrees here today! I have clothes drying on the line it is wonderful.

Productivity squared. That is what I am telling myself I am accomplishing. I have recently rediscovered the joys of audio books. I used to listen to them all the time when I had to take the train into DC for work. But I haven’t really listened to them in several years. But, recently I was becoming frustrated with the fact that I had to either read a good book or knit, I couldn't’t do both. Frustrating because I enjoy both. Then a little light bulb came on and my inner self send me a message it said “Duh, audio books” And so off I went to the library to explore the local collection of audio books. It isn’t too bad. I am currently enjoying The Fire, A Novel, by Katherine Neville. It is a sequel to The Eight; and I really enjoyed that one. It is a great story of suspense, historical fiction and chess.
I’m a lousy chess player but enjoy reading the history of it. Well I enjoy reading the history of anything really. History, of Salt, Taste, a history of food, and History of Drink are some of my recent finds. I naturally have a book of the history of knitting in the U.S. I haven’t read it yet, but it is on my knitting shelf waiting for me.

So these audio books allow me to indulge two passions books and knitting and be productive and entertained at the same time. A small but important joy in life.

In knitting news, I am still working on a pair of socks, I am still working on the jacket. And I ask you how hard is it to get it right the first time? I was blocking the jacket pieces when I realized the right side looked “off” now I checked gauge, measured as I went along, no reason in the world why it should look different than the left side and vice versa, but it does. The project is it is not an easy fix. Because of the edging, shaping and pattern, to correct the four rows that are wrong I had to frog the whole thing. So I did. I knitted about half up it back up last night. I will finish it this weekend and reblock. I have started the mate in my sock pair, so that is coming along smoothly so far, just the typical frustrations I always have at the heel.

I have a new sock bag. I like to keep my sock projects in a small travel bag so I can slip it in my ever present tote bag and may burst into knitting when the mood strikes. But the bag I was using was a cosmetic travel bag and was getting well worn, and starting to suffer by coming loose at the seams. While out shopping at the hard ware store, my husband was looking at small tool bags to keep emergency tools in the trunk of the car just in case you have a minor breakdown that can be fixed with a wrench or screwdriver. You know loose battery cables and the like. And then I had a flash of brilliance, yes the only come to me in flashes never staying around very long. This bag was small, heavy canvas (as it is meant to carry tools) with handles and a external side pocket. Well we got home and I sprung my brilliant idea on hubby. It was so brilliant that he agreed it would make a much better sock project bag than a tool bag, and immediately handed over the bag. I’m sure it was the genius of my idea that he so readily gave up the tool bag and not the feeling of being defeated, for I offered a much larger heavier bag stowed in the garage we used to keep on the boat. It is apparently red, for emergencies can hold not only wrenches and screwdrivers, but jumper cables, flares all sorts of things one should have in a car and in a tidy spot rather than strewn about the truck.
So nice shiny red bag for the trunk of my red car and a new sock project bag for me. We will go buy hubby a new toy this weekend. What a good sport he is.

Update - went shopping this weekend hubby didn't get a new tool bag, but he got other goodies and I got these!

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I found a new store over in Virginia Beach called A.C. Moore. We do not have them on my side of the water, but I sure wish we did. This store was fabulous, they had everything! It put the Ben Franklin's over here to shame in the yarn department. And I have never been a fan of Michaels. So I stocked up on a little yarn. They had a bin of factory over runs in cotton, I got 6 balls, 2lbs, it will make a nice throw.
Also, picked up some sock yarn, yarn for slipper socks and a book for the Prayer Shawl Ministry, which I am trying to participate in.

I hope everyone's weather was a little milder this weekend, especially the areas that have suffered from a lot of cold and snow.

Happy knitting!

1 comment:

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

74! :0 I thought 40 was awesome last week :)

I have listened to audio books very little and it's been years. I think they would be wonderful if you are traveling for an hour or more. I would be concerned I would keep going on a train! LOL It's wonderful you can indulge in two things at once to make the time pass by.

Your rosy barn pattern in your prior post is awesome! I can't wait to see it completed :)

How generous of your husband to give up his tool bag! He must love you very much. :)

It's always nice to see what you're working on Milly.

Have a wonderful week!
Hugs,
Kathi :)