knitnana: Another Wild Weather Day!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Another Wild Weather Day!

I do not know what we've done to deserve the craziness we've experienced lately in the weather department...But last night, the rain came, a very cold one, that coated things with a thin film of ice, DD and DSIL had troubles getting across town at 10 p.m. to get DGS#1. The temperatures hovered just below freezing, and the ice formed on contact with anything elevated. My cable went out, so I couldn't even check email, but I did manage to turn the heel on the second Trekking 66 sock!

As a result of the ice, work opened at 10 a.m. But I arrived early (the roads were okay where I was, but I hear that wasn't the case all around the area), and discovered that, tho' the roof had been tarped after Sunday's loss of shingles (an earlier repair), we had a serious leak in the hallway. Walking past my boss' office, I heard a "drip-drip-drip" and of course, I had no key.

About an hour later, our administrative assistant (and keeper of the keys) arrived and when we opened the door, we discovered that a portion of the ceiling had caved in. Fortunately the computer was fine, the damage mostly to the floor, but the heat was out on that end of the building, making for a less than pleasant day for the inhabitants there.

The day was a bit more hectic than usual, what with the weekly seminar I'm co-leading, and I left the office late.

Dropping by the daycare center to pick up DGS#1 I discovered that he had no hat. The wind had picked up and the temperatures had dropped and it was bitter, raw, with the rain.

I asked DGS#1 if he'd wear a hat if I knit him something fast...that I had blue and green yarn. He said he thought he would...so after dinner, during the news and game shows, a hat was formed...while it could have been a bit smaller, he seems to like it much. I held the Red Heart Kids double on size 13s till I had to drop down to 10.5s in order to switch off the 16-inch circulars onto dpns. Someday I really ought to buy myself a set of 13 dpns, you know? I make enough quick hats. And since The Meezer has apparently absconded with on of my 10.5 dpns, I should probably get another set of those, too! lolol

Anyway, here's a shot of the cutie in his SuperFast Hat:

Pattern: mine, sorta - cast on 60, knit forever, decrease more or less evenly and when it gets to just a few stitches left, run the yarn through and tie off.

Time to complete: Probably about 1.5 hours.
Whew!
(and this is the last night this week of daycare duty - I think I'll be happy to have my life to myself again for a few days...)
ooops. The Meezer is telling me I won't quite be by myself...!!

***oh and yes, we've had wildfires - not the sort or scale of what California experiences, as everything seems so much more intense there on the edge of the country, but frightening nonetheless...one of them in an area known for fuel storage tanks so that was the first thing on anyone's mind when they heard about it - the fire wasn't near the tanks, thankfully - but the governor put the National Guard on duty to come help with the blazes, so I guess it was bad enough. Thankfully we got the rain/ice as the linked story indicates...but the smoke around the past few days has gotten everyone's allergies in an uproar! And there are still many in the area without power from Sunday's windstorms***

8 Comments:

Blogger Chris said...

My goodness, you are having quite the time out there, aren't you?!

9:12 PM  
Blogger Carole Knits said...

You're good to pick him up at daycare. Dale agreed to do that for Patrick last year and then his hours changed and he couldn't so he asked me to do it. I did for a while and then my stepdaughter got a different job and didn't need us to do it anymore. I was really glad. I paid my dues picking up Hannah at daycare all those years - I don't want to do it anymore!

7:09 AM  
Blogger Veggies.... said...

What a cutie indeed!!! You are so resourceful Sallee...that's a great thing about smaller projects, they can be made quickly and in this case, the hat certainly was!!

Hope the weather etc....settles down.

Happy Valentine's Day, Huggs, G

11:16 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

Instant grandma made hat! Gotta love it!

12:48 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

What a wild ride Mother Nature is taking you all on.

Love the hat!

3:56 PM  
Anonymous mera said...

DGS #1 and DD both love the hat... he has insisted on wearing it since. :)

Thanks mom, for watching the munchkin man. He is muchly enjoying the one on one time with you... and can't stop talking about all the fun the two of you are having!

Happy Valentines! Hope you like the orchid! :)

8:08 PM  
Blogger Knitting Linguist said...

Whew! It sounds like you are getting all of your natural catastrophes at once, instead of nicely spaced out, as they should be! I hope you are all OK. I'm very impressed with the speedy hat; what a lucky grandson to have such a handy and loving person around :)

8:23 PM  
OpenID dropstitchknitter said...

It has been crazy weather lately - had another day off from the ice. What a cutie and the hat's not bad either!

8:31 PM  

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