Tuesday, December 19, 2006

There Once Was a Union Maid

That title will make sense in a little bit. Basically what we have here is a rundown of what I did on Monday...

1) Slept too late (I won't say how late) due to staying up too late (1:00 am) reading "Busman's Honeymoon." I've been re-reading all of the Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane mysteries.

2) Worked on the Nordic-ish Hat. I was awed and inspired by the Latvian mittens made for the NATO meeting. But it's been a long time since I've done stranded color work, so I'm practicing and using up odds and ends on this...

I started at the top and worked my way down on dpns. Unfortunately, didn't have a circular the right size, so by the bottom I was on six needles that are really too short. PITA. That narrow garter border would flip right up if I cast off now, so I'll work a couple more inches in stockinette and turn it in for a facing.

3) Went to the Post Office and picked up the mail. I was excited to receive two things.

a color sample card for the WEBS 2/14 alpaca silk lace weight.

And my union card. I'm now a member of the United Steelworkers of America! Well, sort of. I'm an Associate Member.

It's the one that says Fight Back America. Shown here with some of the other most important cards in my wallet: my library card, my "yes, I'm a card carrying member" ACLU card, and my Sow's Ear customer loyalty card. "Oh you can't fool me, I'm sticking to the union..."

4) After all this excitement, headed out for my Monday evening shift at the library. I figure I'll want the ACLU card if the FBI ever shows up looking for patron information.

5) Home to a little more knitting and my nightly noodle-around-on-the-Internet time. I am awed to see that Wendy has raised more that $25,000 for the wonderful Heifer Project (and, yes, I have made my contribution.) Knitters are awesome! Equally awesome: the hundreds/thousands of hats, scarves, sweaters, afghans being produced and distributed to everywhere from local shelters to Mongolia. God bless us, every one.

6) Back into bed with Dorothy Sayers and another night of reading too late.


CatBookMom said...

Lord Peter and Harriet Vane! Love, love, love 'em. I just wish the publishers would issue hardcover editions, since my PBs keep falling apart from loving re-reading. I wonder if anyone has ever done a stage play of Busman's Honeymoon; it would be perfect, really only one set.

The last two gifts, for across-town friends, will be finished today, while I battle a possible cold, which is also possibly due to extreme low humidity and dry winds. Zicam and Traditional Medicinal Teas are my weapons. Though a spate of re-reading Mercedes Lackey is cutting into the knitting time.

BTW, having to type in my Blogger password is a real pain with this Blogger Beta version!!

kmkat said...

I haven't read (or re-read) the Wimsey-Vane books in years. They are such fun. Busman's Holiday is a late one, iirc, after they are married, right?

More separately at birth stuff -- I too work occasionally at the library. We are in the Indianhead system, which is not one of the premier systems in WI. Those would be Nicolet and Outagamie and Winnefox, among others.

Laurie said...

Love the hat and the link to the mittens! You did a great job! Am headed to Latvia very soon and a friend is going to set up a knitting session for me with some ladies from the church there. Hopefully they will be able to show me some new techniques (I want to learn the Latvian cast on real bad!) Merry Christmas!
Laurie in TN