well the lights got hung without a snare yesterday—nobody fell or hurt themselves in any way. in fact, the whole thing was over within an hour. ok, the hour seemed like an eternity, but it was a mere 45 to 60 minutes only.
beth gave the fixture(s) a name i love—the “anti-fixture”. it pretty much describes the way we are handling the whole renovation. we are turning the house into an “anti-colonial”—it looks like an historic colonial, but it isn’t. you’ll see.
today, one of david’s longtime dreams has been fulfilled. today, he is the proud owner of a cabinet table saw. it was delivered to the front curb just a few minutes ago, just at the bottom of the stoop. it was so helpful of them to deliver it there, seeing as it really can’t stay outside like that. it is big and heavy. and needs to be moved to the basement. but first it needs to be moved around the block to the back door.
there he goes.
i wonder how he’s going to get it down the basement steps?
(i wonder how it will up the basment steps if we move some day?? it’s beginning to dawn on me that we may never live in the sleek, low-slung, glass-enclosed midcentury home of my dreams.)
it’s always something with this renovation stuff.
anyway, wanna see my knitting??
in a true turnabout from yesterday’s frenzy of projects, i really only have one thing to talk about today and that is my new shawl. in february i received a beautiful batch of merino/alpaca/silk DK-weight yarn from chris at Briar Rose Fibers. this is Wistful; it’s luscious.
i made a second casino shawl with another of her yarns last fall, which she showed at her booth in rhinebeck. it was so well-received that we decided to collaborate on another one for this year, that she could show on her summer tour of fiber fairs, along with the pattern.
as soon as i saw it, i thought of the “morning glory” stitch from BW2. i love the morning glory pattern—i have knit a couple of scarves from it, but have always wanted to do a shawl. this DK yarn will show off that unusual pattern really well.
i had to fiddle a bit with the accompanying edgings and so forth, but i finally came up with a combination that i like for another rectangle shawl.
it’s something like this, though i have tweaked the bottom part again (and the color in the swatch photo is WAY off—try not to look and judge . . .). it is inspired by this rickety old trellis we have in our yard. i hate that thing, and we do not grow morning glories on it, but we can’t seem to get rid of it either (i think that’s becasue secretly, david likes it). and since it’s there, i look at it, and its image creeps into my knitting.
last night i was finally able to cast on. this should be a fairly quick knit compared to some of the lace pieces i make, due to the heavier yarn, and the fact that it is oh-so-touchable; i can hardly keep my hands off it.
the color is more true in the second photo—the swatch was sitting in bright sunlight which is usually bad for getting nice tones in yarn pictures.
the yarn so gorgeous that i ordered a set of jenkins needles to knit it with (not pictured here). actually, to be truthful, i need a set of size 9s that have better tips than most of the ones i’ve tried, and ed’s needles are perfect for the job. the points are beautifully tapered and can take on any p3togtbl you throw their way. well, you’ll see. they should be here tomorrow or so . . .
oh, and lastly, i have to tell you about a Really Good customer service experience i had at my favorite online bookseller yesterday. i order a lot of books from Overstock.com. sure they charge for shipping, but hell, it’s 2.95 for as many books as you want, and usually, i still get out of there for less than i’d spend at that amazonian online bookseller. you know, the ones that take three weeks or more to deliver their books free?
overstock, is FAST. i mean, really fast. at least, that has been my experience.
so anway, a YEAR ago, i made a little mistake when i ordered a gift and forgot to have it sent to the giftee. so i had to cancel that order and reorder. but the first order came to my house anyway, and i was billed for two of them. overstock gladly took my item back and even sent me a mailing label for it, and they said it was their error.
well, when i was getting ready for taxes this year, i discovered that lo and behold, i had never been reimbursed for the item—my credit card statement showed two cahrges, but no returns.
oh groan, i thought, this is gonna be a real hassle. so, i put it off for a bit. ok, i put it off for over a month.
when i finally called, of course, the nice lady karyl, patiently explained up front hat i would need to supply several pieces of evidence in original form, not photocopy. then she looked at the original order and my account and squealed, “oh wow! this item is still in the system—OMG, i’m actually gonna be able to take care of this right now!”
which she proceeded to do, and with much graciousness. so i told her that i tell my friends about companies that treat me right (like hers). and then she told me she’s been working there SEVEN years, and i was even more impressed. as a person who has been sacrificed many times through the wonders of corporate mergers, i value company-employee loyalty quite highly. so that was the cherry on the sundae for me.
and, they have a great selection of knitting books at good prices. you can’t go wrong.