Yarn petting at the appliance store

Yesterday, DH asked for a mug of tea.  I popped a mug of water into the microwave and hit the button.  It roared at me, and belched a nasty, electrical insulation smell.  I immediately turned it back off, and called DH to the kitchen.  We tried it again, with the same results:  dead microwave!  It’s a built-in, as old as the house (about 9 years).

DH set about dismanteling the built-in microwave, and taking measurements.  I whipped out my trusty camera, and took pictures to document the set-up. 

Armed with measurements and the pictures, we set off to our local big-box home improvement store. The clerk was less than helpful, and didn’t even want to look at the pictures.   All they had to offer was above-the-range microwaves, which were too big for our cabinet.

So, a bit discouraged, we headed for their competitor, big-box home improvement store #2, in Baton Rouge.  Their clerk was much more knowledgeable, in that she knew right away that they had nothing that would work for us.  She did suggest an appliance store in BR that we had done business with before.

Back to the car, and off to the appliance store.  We were greeted by a friendly lady who actually looked at my pictures, and knew immediately what we needed.  Not only did they have something that would work, but we had a choice of three brands!  And yes, they had the built-in kits that fit each brand, and would fit our cabinet.  What a concept!

As DH was talking to this helpful clerk and writing up our order, my glance fell on a knitting bag on the counter.  “Who’s the knitter?”  The second young clerk was working on her third scarf, having learned at Knits by Nana, one of our LYS’s.  (I wish I could have taken her picture, but by then my camera battery was begging to be recharged.)  I obligingly showed off my hand-knit socks, and my Chic Knits Hoodie.  Both clerks oohed and ahhed over  the knitting, and begged to pet the sweater.

After that delightful yarn-fest, we loaded up the new microwave and its conversion kit, and headed home, where DH did a masterful job of removing all the old kit and installing the new.  Guess which store will get our business when our 25-year-old washer needs to be retired?

Good morning, sun!

‘Tis a beautiful sunny morning, time for a photo shoot.  My Chic Knits Basic Hoodie has been waiting for the rain to go away. 

I used 5.5 skeins of Plymouth Galway Highland Heather, color 728, on size 6 needles.  My variation, as you will recall, is that I forgot to knit the lace pattern on the sleeves.  I did continue the lace panels up the hoodie.

I must admit I didn’t  save the sweater’s premiere for the photo shoot, but wore it yesterday afternoon to go to Office Depot.  They are a marvelous resource for knitting projects.  How, you ask?  I took them the charts for Knit Pick’s Ladie’s Jacquard Sweater Vest and they both enlarged the charts and deepened the contrast for me.   It took a $3.36 investment, but my, what a difference it will make in the knitting!

Today’s knitting will be trying to finish a clue chart of a mystery shawl that has been languishing on my magnetic board.  I knit about eight rows last night, and found that I still enjoy it.  However, I do want to use the board for the Jacquard Sweater Vest’s charts, so my compromise is to finish this installment of the shawl before I put it to nap (not hibernate).

Weekend knitting

First, the good news:  I finished the first sleeve on the Chic Hoodie.  It’s just the right length and the decreases march beautifully down the inseam.

Now, the bad news:  As I bound off the cuff I realized I had knit the standard sleeve.  I knit the lace variation on the front edge of this cardigan, and had planned to knit the lace band down the sleeves, too.  What kind of knitting zone is that, to knit an entire sleeve and not notice you’re leaving out the lace?

Verdict:  Not Frogging, your honor.  As the cats say when they fall asleep and roll off the table, “I meant to do that!”

Marking a historic day

I have begun Chic Knit’s basic hoodie, the lacy version, in Plymouth Galway in a lovely sage green.  At the time of President Obama’s speech I was putting the sleeves on waste yarn.  I will always remember the day when I wear the sweater.  Hasn’t it always been that way?  What were you doing at Pearl Harbor, President Kennedy’s inaguration/assasination, 9/ll?  All historic days are remembered by the domestic details of our life.  Knitters simply mark our days in yarn.

God bless us all!  God bless America!