Thursday, January 25, 2007

Interview Meme

Interview Meme Rules are as follows: You comment on this entry requesting an interview. I respond with five questions. The questions will theoretically be tailored to you based on what I know of you (or want to know). You copy and paste those questions into your own journal, and write the answers, along with these rules. Anyone wanting an interview from you continues the game by requesting an interview from you.

Here are the questions I got from summerless_year.

What is something you are afraid of?
I'm afraid of getting old and being alone. We're not planning to have any kids, so there will be nobody to take care of me in my old age, if Kenneth dies before me. I'm sure if it happens, I'll be OK, but I still am afraid of it.

What comforts you the most?
My husband. If I'm feeling stressed or upset, a hug from him makes everything better.

To make a big decision, do you consult other people or just go it on your own, and why?
Well, I normally consult my husband, because any big decisions affect him too. But we're both pretty impulsive when it comes to big decisions. Both our houses were bought after the very first house-hunting trip. I bought my wedding dress in the first store I looked in. I think I tend to trust my gut. If my gut tells me something is the right decision, then I go with it. It's true that it's not always 100% perfect - I wish the sleeves on my wedding dress weren't so poofy, and I wish our first house had been closer to work - but I don't have any real regrets.

What's the best thing about living in your new house?
Being close to work! I love commuting by foot. I quit the gym, and now I do my yoga & weights at home, and get my cardio from walking to work. And if I'm in a rush or the weather is cold, I can take transit and be at work in 15 minutes.

Did you ever consider keeping the big pole in your backyard, and if so, what did you consider doing with it? Serious or funny.
Hee hee! I honestly did consider keeping it so I could hang my laundry. I had visions of being a very good environmentalist and hanging all my laundry. But the pole was so ugly, it really had to go. And let's face it, although I love being environmentally friendly, I'm also probably way too lazy to really hang my laundry. Throwing it into the dryer is so much quicker.

Monday, January 15, 2007

The one where we cut down a pole

So this lovely house of ours came with a 15-foot tall, 6" diameter metal pole in the back yard.

Here it is, in all its glory:

Huge pole in our back yard

The previous owners had originally put it up to hold a clothesline that ran from that pole in one corner of the yard, to some pulleys they had mounted on the house in the opposite corner of the yard. The diagonal opposite. So the clothesline basically covered the entire yard.

At first I was kind of charmed by the thought of hanging out my clothes to dry, but let's face it, I'm a modern woman who doesn't have time for such niceties. I get irritated when 3 of my shirts in the same load require hanging. So we decided the pole had to go.

Kenneth's brother suggested we buy an angle grinder to cut it down with. Actually he suggested we buy some Swedish word neither of us had ever heard before. He google image searched on the Swedish word to get a picture of a tool, that didn't look familiar to either of us. Then I used my deductive skills to figure out that it was an angle grinder.

Angle grinders range in price from $20 to $140. So we headed off to Canadian Tire to look at our options. This was quite an ordeal, since we had no idea really what to look for in an angle grinder. We sort of had one in mind that we'd seen on their website, but it wasn't in stock at the first store we went to. They did have one that was on sale for $20, reduced from $50, but it only came with one disk, and the one we had in mind came with 30 disks. So we trekked to another location, only to find they were also out of stock on the one we had in mind, AND they didn't have the $20 sale one either! So we had to go back to the first place, where we got the $20 one.

Then we went out in the yard, and Kenneth got to work.

Kenneth cutting down the pole

Sparks were flying everywhere! I wasn't able to get a picture but at times they were flying up to 5 feet away. He cut the pole while I stood nearby, watching to make sure he didn't kill himself, and providing moral support. After what seemed like forever, he'd cut almost all the way around the pole. We brought it down and it was still hanging on by a thread, so we twisted it back and forth to try and snap it. After we'd given up and Kenneth thought he'd have to cut it again, I gave it one last twist just for fun, and it snapped! So I claim all the credit for taking it down. :)

I don't have an after picture, but imagine the first picture without the large metal pole.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Knitting Update

I finally got off my butt and took pictures of some of my latest projects.

I did not take pictures of the Branching Rib Pullover, because it hurt my feelings. I spent a year knitting this thing (well, I must admit it was on and off, but still). I washed it and laid it out to dry before assembling it. It is way too big. I'd need to gain 50 lbs to be able to wear this thing. And I'm just not THAT devoted to this sweater that I'm willing to do that. So now I will have to rip the entire thing out and start again.

Here's a hat I knit for the Dulaan project:
Not your grandma's double-knit hat Not your grandma's double-knit hat

It was my first attempt at double knitting. Both sides of the hat were knit at the same time, by passing the yarn back and forth. This results in the inside of the hat having the same design as the outside but in the opposite colours. I love the effect. You can tell this is my first attempt, though. The stitches aren't as even as I would have liked. But it should keep some Mongolian kid's head warm, and that's the main thing.

I joined Socktopia, which is a knit-along for socks for the year 2007. This will be great for me, because Kenneth went nuts at Christmas and bought me enough sock yarn to keep me in socks for quite some time to come. They have a theme for each month, and you are supposed to knit a pair of socks that corresponds to the given theme. This month's themes are either:
  1. Celebration
  2. Blue Monday
  3. Snowflakes and Starry Skies
The socks I have in progress seem to fit none of these categories. Here are a few pictures of the first, nearly finished (just need to graft the toe) sock:
Modeled Cable & Eyelets sock Cable & Eyelets sock cuff Modeled Cable & Eyelets sock, top view

It's not blue. It doesn't involve snowflakes or stars. The only way I could possibly think to make it fit the theme would be to say I'm celebrating the fact that it's finally done! But the 2nd sock still hasn't even been started. I think I'm not going to use it for Socktopia, but rather, will knit some socks for the Dulaan project out of some leftover blue yarn I have from a pair of socks I knit for myself.

I love this pattern, though. I think it would have looked better in a solid yarn rather than a variegated, but oh well. It's from a vintage Paton's Beehive pattern booklet I had lying around. It's kind of strange... when I was knitting before, I never knitted socks. At least not with sock yarn! I knitted socks once with chunky-weight yarn, which is a whole lot easier and faster. So why did I have this old booklet (looks like it's from the 60's) on socks? I certainly never knitted anything out of it.

The yarn is Shelridge Farms Ultra Fingering, 100% wool, and custom-dyed in a colourway I invented. I guess I was hungry when I ordered it, because the 3 colours in the colourway are Pumpkin, Nutmeg, and Toffee. It looks yummy, even if you can't eat it!