Wednesday, June 20, 2007

No Ark Yet

So, the rain has stopped, though we've had more than 13 inches (332 mm) of rain in the last two weeks. It was clear this morning, with this stunning sunrise, though extremely windy and cold...2 degrees C., or 34 F....Brrrrrrr! Ross did a wonderful clear-out of the spillway, so the dam hasn't overflowed again. This morning it was so windy we nearly had whitecaps!

The cats are absolutely loving being inside. Last night both the big grey fellows were on the bed with Ross, till I booted them out. They spend their nights in the bathroom, to avoid those incidents of World War III on the bed at 2AM! Wonder if Feliway would help them. I actually think it's too much testosterone, even though both brothers have been fixed, long since. The other five, comprised of three females and two males, get along much better and are able to spend the night peacefully in the laundry. The two fat old ladies rarely leave their little cupboard nests and seem happy as clams in there.

And here's where I am with the sweater/jumper. Just a few more inches on the sleeves, and I can block this baby and wear it. I'm really loving the color.

I succumbed to the apparently worldwide urge to make a pair of Monkey socks (designed by Cookie A. and pattern available free at Knitty.com) This is Knit Picks Memories yarn in Red Hat color, though the overall tone is much more purple than the blue of this photo. A very fun pattern, I must say.
Also finished the red pair of socks, using Colinette Jitterbug in Fire color, using Nancy Bush's Oak Leaf pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks, but the red color is so intense I haven't been able to get a photo that looks anything like correct.

Meanwhile, we're finishing interviewing potential builders and checking out references. This is turning out to be a much more expensive project than we had envisioned, but at this point we aren't ready to retrench to less extensive modifications. Will keep you posted. Our neighbors, who only come here once a month or so, are kindly agreeing to rent us their house during the time we need to be out of ours...isn't that terrific?

So, that's the news of the day from here. Still no quilting, but getting to a much better mental/emotional place.

14 comments:

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

Wish we could have some of your rain here in the states. Chicagoland is due for rain on Thursday night.

The cat are just like human kids, they love each other but fight with each other.

Great job with the socks!

Mary said...

What a beautiful sunrise. How nice that you'll be able to stay close by during the renovations.

I'm still resisting the socks although I packed some needles and yarn to make start a prayer shawl while I'm gone this weekend. I did a fair amount of knitting last fall but the last 6 months have all been about quilting!

Patti said...

I hope the parts of Australia that are suffering so from the drought are getting some of this rain! You look like you need to start building an arc!

Sounds like you have a solution for where to live during your renovation - that has to eliminate at least some of your worries.

Tanya said...

What a gorgeous sunrise. You need to blow that picture up and frame it somewhere!

Lily said...

Gorgeous picture Diane :)

Windy here too. And cold!

That knitting is coming along well too. You'll be toasty warm - just like your cats in their nooks!

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Did you sew up the jumper before you finished the sleeve Diane? Are those DPNs I see? Please tell all.

Chookyblue said...

beautiful sunrise.....the coast sure has been coping it.....

Rian said...

Beautiful jumper. I can't imagine why in the world we call it a sweater. How...sweaty. Ick.

Wendy said...

Beautiful sweater you've knitted. I've succumbed to the same sock pattern...must be something in the water...hee hee

Dordogne Clare said...

Glad you are feeling a bit more "up". The rain - tell me about it. So far this has been the worst June on record. Who would believe it is now officially summer. The pool temp has dropped to below 20° and I think jumpers are the order of the day.

pat said...

Oh - look at that sunrise!!!Gorgeous!
Your top down sweater is beautiful - are we going to get to see it on you when those sleeves are done?

Jane Ann said...

It's so hard to wrap my head around our topsy-turvy seasons, but that sunrise is spectacular. I hope you'll fill us in on the house plans. What wonderful luck re: the neighbors' house.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

That's some rainfall you have copped! Great knitting weather, stay dry, Tracey

Jeanne said...

Love the picture of the sunrise!