Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Yesterday the gutter man finally came and installed new gutters on the house. The house had gutters when we first bought it, but when we had it painted a couple of years later they were removed. They were cracked and broken, never got put back on, and last October we started having a water problem in the basement when it rained hard. So I wanted new gutters anyways, the water problem just made it happen a bit sooner rather than later.
I've got to get the trim and basement doors painted this spring, so he left me a sample of the aluminum (it's a little darker ivory than the trim is now) so I can color match. I hate to say that I'm waiting for rain -- we've got absolutely beautiful weather right now, yesterday, today, and tomorrow temps like summer, I'm not exaggerating, record-breaking temps (something like +25C today!) -- to see how the new gutters work PLUS we installed a much better sump pump in the basement a few weekends ago. (It did rain a couple of times after the sump pump was installed, and no water leaked in. We actually got a small jackhammer, beat a hole in the lowest spot where the water pooled the most, and have it rigged up so if the water rises it automatically pumps it out.)
Still knitting on ankle socks for a friend out of my odds and ends of leftovers.
Happy knitting!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Anniversary Socks

Better late than never, I made Hubs a pair of socks for our anniversary which was on Febuary 26. The yarn is Austerman Step in 01 colorway. They were started February 25 and finished on March 13. I used 2.5mm needles and a stitch pattern I'd gotten out of a book somewhere a couple of years ago. I used the stitch pattern once before. Ravelry details here.

A flashless picture trying to show the pattern.

We've got the kids in the city tonight for the night. We got a hotel with a pool, they went swimming for about three hours. There are three hockey teams staying here as well, so when we first got to the pool (which is only small) it was really crowded. After awhile it was just us, then we got invaded again, lol, so we cleared out. Tomorrow we're headed to the Discovery Centre.

Happy knitting!

Thursday, March 01, 2012

It's My Party...

...and I'll cry if I want to! (snot, snort, blow, sob)
One candle for every decade.... Not really liking this birthday too much, but I guess there's nothing to be done about it! And so appropriately we've got our first snowfall warning of this winter season today, so it's looking like I may get to use the snowblower at least once this season after all. (And, of course, rain on Saturday!)
Happy knitting!