today is our wedding anniversary!
six years have gone by faster than is possible.
each year, david gets a new set of socks for winter. it started with me making several poair for the first anniversary, and i just continued it each year, as it makes so much sense—the real cold is about to descend on us and it’s time to make sure he has good solid socks for the winter.
i know, i know—i could do LOT better at wrapping and presenting things. but i gotta tell you—wrapping and presenting are really not my thing! if it happens at all, it happens as i’m running out the door to whatever situation the gift will be given. if it weren’t for gift bags (and really, god BLESS the person who thought of them . . .), i might not even get the gifts out the door at all.
anyway, the annual giving of the socks is not without it’s “interesting” moments. for this is the time, of course, when the great sock rotation takes place, and david must choose which socks will stay and which ones will go.
now for most of us, this is a complete no-brainer. but as previously documented here, my husband apparently has issues with tossing worthless socks, and becomes inexorably attached to the ones he currently owns at any one time. when he positively can’t wear them any more, he finds new and ingenious ways to recycle them to death (i bet you wondered where the current craze for mitts originated, huh?). this is a saga that a few readers have been following for some time, and it remains a favorite source of, shall we say, bottomless humor. but today it took a whole new twist.
most readers are well-aware that we live in an old drafty house, the fixing of which is a little like sticking our fingers into the dike to hold back the flood. once we started correcting this or that drafty area, another would readily become apparent. but the worst offender has to be the lack of storm windows and doors on the place. we are finally getting interior storm windows which will seal out a lot of the cold, while maintining the beauty of the original windows streetside.
along the same lines, each bedroom has french doors which open directly out to the upstairs porches, completely free of encumberances such as storms. the one in our bedroom even sports a bullet hole. the lack of insulation renders this particular room the coldest in the house—no fun during the getting-undressed-and-getting-to-sleep period each night.
so while our storm doors are on order, david started repairing the sills and jambs in anticipation of their installation. whatever he did created some sort of temporary air gap at the bottom (i guess we don’t have an august or september here in ohio in which to do these tasks), which allows cold air to rush in.
EXCEPT, that he was smart enough to find the perfect thing to stuff in there, in plentiful quantities, right in his closet next door.
i just totally cracked up when i saw that! i mean, it IS a great idea, right? and, he showed me! one more use for something i said was worthless. ha!
maybe if he saves up enough of them, he can do the attic . . .
thank you for all those nice comments about my sweater. i don’t know yet if i will write a patten for it. i have to confess that i have not found an efficient way to size and test sweater patterns (and if anyone has one, please let me know). i have softwear that will help me with sizing, but it does not help redistribute patterning. and then, proofing the patterns and making sure they work in every size just seems like a nightmare in the timeframe i have available for that!
i’m hoping to be able to create more time for this endeavor in the coming year, because i DO have a large number of sweater designs and patterns that currently exist only in my size. wish me luck.
i finished up the toddler jumper and it is real cute! i still have to wash it, but i am happy with the final result, and can’t wait to find some tops and tights to go with it.
i know that lots of people are talking about the new book victorian lace today (XRX books). my copy has been sitting here on my desk for about 2 weeks, and i haven’t said a word about it. that could be because i am too bowled-over for words, but also, so many others have given it quite a bit of time. while not one to use a pattern from a book—i mean, this is the girl who wrote her own pattern this week and then proceeded to do it HER way anyhow . . . i can safely say that this volume is a real inspiration for any lace knitter—full of patterns and great ideas.
another book which i recently bought, and which has not gotten as much attention, is nicky epstein’s newest addition to her series on edgings and embellishments, knitting beyond the edge (spring street books).
again, i have not had a chance to explore it in depth, but from my first look-thru i am completely smitten. it is full of collars, cuffs, pockets, and ruffs—well all sorts of add-ons that also stand alone. i am definitely going to spend more time looking at each item—it’s a real treasury of gift ideas that should fit into most holiday schedules.