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Lani and Ann are the Weaver sisters!

Lani's household consists of Steve, the long-suffering coding genius and computer security guru; Jim, Lani's tall, red-headed and handsome son, currently finishing his second year of college; Hunter, Jasmine, Himari, Chenault, the miraculous Onyx and the even more miraculous Resk, undisputed feline rulers of the house; and Jesse, the man-hating green-cheeked conure.

Ann's household consists of Don, who is not just a computer genius but a pilot, a builder, and a damn good father; their son Steve, the marathon-running, college-bound, funniest teenager I know; and wonder dog Tater.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Flying in and out (posted by Ann)

So I just got back from two days in Cleveland, Don just got back from a few days in South Carolina working on the airplane. I am leaving this evening for a conference in Dallas (must remember to bring the hairspray and blue eyeshadow), then will go from Dallas to New York, and finally home again on Thursday evening. Whew.

Lots of knitting being done on the planes, but it's not very exciting to show. I am (still) working on this shawl (Ravelry link, sorry if you can't access), and I think I might still be working on it in November. Seriously. It has 168 rows, and you increase 6 stitches every 4 rows, so you start with 49 stitches and end with 301 stitches. I am on row 68, only 10o to go! And it takes longer each row as it gets bigger . . .

After I finish all these rows, then I get to do the knitted on edging. In terms of actual stitches knitted, I believe I may have completed 10% - maybe 15% - I'm afraid to do the math. I restarted it three times, and now I am using every device that I can think of to make it easier. There is a lifeline that I move every eight rows (that is a piece of yarn threaded through it so it can't unravel beyond that point, for those who don't know) and stitch markers every six stitches so I can't lose track of where I am. That seems to be working, ever since I put in the lifeline I haven't needed it. This is clearly the most complicated thing I have ever knit but I am enjoying the process. Picture below - not that it's much to look at right now.

In other knitting news, I'm back in the baby sweater business. Two of the men I work with will have new babies in their families this year. One a girl, and the other unknown as of yet. I'm still deciding what sweater to knit for the girl, and will be looking through the stash for something to start on this trip. Maybe purple . . . maybe with beads. . . . who knows?

And - totally unrelated to the above - we came back from our morning breakfast-and-take-Tater-for-a-drive this morning and found a critter in our yard. I have no idea what it is, it is the size of a small cat but looks like a large rat (ick). I first thought maybe a ground hog, but it has a bald tail. It's not a possum, it doesn't have that long snout. I am still trying to identify it, but mostly I'm just grateful that it was OUTSIDE and I didn't meet it in the kitchen. I tried to get a picture but when I went inside to get the camera it disappeared.

That's all that is exciting here. How about up on your mountain?


At 4:02 PM, Blogger islandboy said...

Hi Ann
My Ann read your post and suggested it might be a ferret... cute little devils.

At 6:58 PM, Blogger Ann said...

I think of ferrets as being long and thin, and this critter was pretty well padded. Cute didn't come to mind.

Maybe I'll just run with the ferret story, though. I must admit that I'm not all that happy about having a cat-sized rat in my back yard. A ferret sounds much better.

At 5:24 PM, Blogger Don Johnston said...

It was a mink.

At 7:26 PM, Blogger Lani said...

Seriously? That's kinda cool.


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