Where I've Been, Where I Am
We went to Origins in Columbus, Ohio, a couple of weeks ago.
This is what we saw when we stopped at the end of the driveway on the morning we left:It, ah, rained a bit in the night.
That brown lake of water is the little drainage ditch that goes through a drainpipe under our driveway. They used a power shovel to straighten and clear it this spring.
Question: did they clear the drainpipe itself?
My husband was impressed enough that he stopped the car so I could take a picture from the road.
Storms chased us clear from Michigan to Ohio, and there was an earthquake in Canada while we were driving that they say was felt back at home.
Ah, but we were at Origins June 23rd to 27th. Where have I been since then?
Sharing a slow dial-up connection plugged into one computer with my husband and our son.
When we got home Sunday night after Origins, we couldn't get a connection with our wireless antenna. Huh. But it was late, and we were tired, so we unloaded the car and didn't worry about it.
However, this turned out not to be a slow and laggy connection, but no connection at all. The ISP said the severe storms we had the week we left (including the one the night before) had taken out about 80 antennas and a couple of broadcast towers.
So we were on the list, but the installer/repair guy could only fix about 4 or 5 antennas a day, depending on how far he had to drive that day.
What to do in the meantime?
My Colourmart order came Tuesday.
The little pointy samples, the ones that look like upside-down houses, are: almost-white 50/50 cashmere/merino, silvery 50/50 wool/silk, light grey 10/90 cashmere/merino, and grey 20/20/60 cashmere/silk/merino.
The half-purled, half-knitted samples above and next to them are the six possible combinations of two.
I knitted the single-strand samples on US 2 needles and the double-strand ones on US 4s.
These come with the spinning oil still on them, so while knitting they look thin and stringy, but they bloom nicely after a wash and rinse. This is the white one before its bath.
Now I have to knit the Last.Two.Rows on the Stargate and block it so I can contemplate what I'm going to knit with 8000+ yards of laceweight cashmere & silk blends.