Tuesday, February 13, 2007


I was talking to hubby this morning. He said the towing people got his truck out late last night. I don't even wanna know what the bill for that will be. Two tow trucks, a grader, half tons, middle of nowhere... Probably a good $7,000. Anyways, he said most of it seems cosmetic. The truck has to sit for a day for the fluids to settle. They will have to drain the oil and check it for antifreeze, make sure the engine didn't get damaged. The steps and fuel tank are okay (I worried about a rupture in the fuel tank, environmental clean-up and whatnot). The truck looked twisted to him last night, and he was worried that the frame was twisted (that's what wrote our first truck off), but the bunk sits on little air bags, and one of those was gone, so that's why it looked crooked. The stack is bent, mirror and bracket gone, bumper is bent, there's a ripple in the side of the bunk and some rivets are gone, faring is bent up, headache rack twisted and damaged, one of the brand new beacon lights is gone. That's all I had written down as he told me. Got my fingers crossed that there isn't any engine damage, and once they get it back to the shop I hope they don't say the frame is bent. (He wasn't going very fast, and the truck was pretty much stopped and then just plopped over on its side.) So he's hoping to be on the road maybe the end of the week. They will fix all the mechanical stuff there, and the cosmetic stuff will get fixed in Halifax. He should be able to haul loads home, unless something major pops up on closer inspection. Once he's home one of the head guys said he and the other guy who had an accident in about the same place two weeks ago can fight over who gets to use the company truck! Hopefully the other guy's truck will be fixed by then, and we can use the company truck and not lose any more money. Hubby will be gone for another two weeks probably.

I do have some FOs. First up is a hat for hubby out of Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds in charcoal. It's just the basic hat pattern I modifed of Pat's to suite chunky yarn. Started February 11, finished the 12th. Cast on 64sts, 6mm circs, knit til about 10.5" (depending on how much of a roll brim you want, I like a lot), change to 6mm dpns, K2tog around, knit one round, K2tog around again, knit one round, K2tog around again, draw end through remaining stitches, fasten off. Can't get much more simple than that!

Sorry about this next crappy picture. I'm only using it because it shows the true color the best. The other pictures don't look like the real color at all. This is Diagonal Lace Scarf by Midnight Purls. I started it February 9, finished the 11th. I used two skeins of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran and 4.5mm needles. It's a very nice, easy 6-row pattern repeat. Easy to memorize, good knitting. The close-up totally sucks colorwise, but I wanted to have a better look at the pattern.

I don't have a bunch of houseplants any more. I used to have a ton til I got Simba and Nala. They demolished most of them. Pretty much all I have has to hang in hangers from the ceiling out of reach of teeth. I got this little pink polka dot plant last week when I went grocery shopping. I had them before. He's on top of my entertainment centre for now. I only put him on the endtable to take a picture. Shoulda seen the day I tried to replant the spider plant -- the cats were like vultures.

I was on the computer yesterday, and I could hear little feet running back and forth in the living room. I looked in, and the Littlest One was folding the laundry that I brought up from the basement but hadn't gotten around to putting away. He did a good job, and I put it all away just as he folded it.

Must get going. I have to go to school and get the Oldest One. He's getting his stitches out this afternoon.

Pop on over to Aija's and take a gander at the test sock she's knitting. (Gotta love Cookie.) Also congratulate her on her second acceptance of a pattern for Knitty.

Check out April's amazing sock yarn contest. Also go over and see Tonia's Newport Aquarium pictures.

Next FO should be felted clogs for me.

I'll update more on the truck situation as I hear it.

Happy knitting!


Anonymous Cathy said...

I really, really hope that the damages stay minimal... I feel so bad for you. And I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he can get the company truck.
Pretty knits! I love that scarf. And I love pink polka dot plants... I used to have one too. I neglected it unfortunately.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Miss Tonia said...

My fingers are crossed that it is only cosmetic, and he can use the company truck.

Love the hat. And the scarf is fabulous. I love that color.

I once had a cat, that if her water bowl was empty, she would chew on my aloe plants. And if I forgot to water my plants, she would chew on them. I read somewhere that plants emit a high pitched sound that the cats can hear, mainly when they need to be watered.

Looks like you have a great helper in the little one. Hope he keeps helping as he get older.

Talk to you later.

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Pat said...

Sounds like it might have turned out as good as possible (fingers crossed).
I really like your red diagonal lace scarf - I had not seen that pattern before....I'm printing it off right now to add to the collection!

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Dipsy said...

Gosh, what a nightmare this must be - I *so* have my fingers crossed for you guys that the damage isn't as bad as it seemed first, that's it's really cosmetic and that there won't be such a horrible amount for you to pay... I feel really bad when I just think about all that! Hugs to you, my friend!
The hat looks totally great, and so does the scarf, what a beautiful colour!

3:09 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

Glad to hear things might not be too bad with the truck and that he gets home soon.
Love the shawl and the colour is gorgeous!
Aren't you lucky to have such a great little helper.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

I am finally getting caught up on blog reading - I am so sorry to hear about your husband's accident :o( I'm glad he is okay though it totally sucks that your deductible is $10k! Ack!

10:01 AM  
Blogger Charity said...

I really like the finished scarf! Very pretty.

Thanks for the link to April's contest - sounds like fun! :0)

2:45 PM  
Blogger Ragan said...

Wow, your little man can fold laundry!! Woo-hoo! He did a great job.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Ragan said...

oops...posted that too soon. Ok, love that scarf too. It is lovely! I bet it is super soft too. Ahhhh. That hat looks nice too. I have some of that tweed yarn, but have yet to use it.

9:18 AM  

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