Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Buy Now...Save Later

Ok, seriously, are they going to do something about gas prices soon. I heard a report on the news this afternoon that it could be near $4 a gallon by summer...and if you are lucky enough to live in Maryland, it looks as though our electic bills are going up by approx. 70-75%. This crap is going to start eating into yarn money. We can only hope that it will be a cool summer and not one like last year where we swelter. Doing the math, a $200 electric bill (not out of the question with a.c.) could be $350. Between that and about $400 a month in gas for the cars. Holy Moses. A person should not be forced into choosing between electric and yarn. My husband will not like my choice I fear... He can handle the variance in the warmer weather though, he's comfortable whether it's 70 or 70.2. Lots of leway... I'm thinking things like, I really should get a clothesline. I could save a lot of electric if I hung clothes to dry. My husband just looks at me with a patronizing grin...and waits for the mood to pass. I'm not exactly a Walton here. It's not that I mind hanging the clothes but gosh, it gets so hot outside in the summer. Try not to think on that one too hard, it's a little to much insight into my logic.

Well, I have the solution. The gas won't peak until July. The electric's not going up until June. Solution, buy the yarn now, and feel smug all summer about not spending money on yarn....hah...I win.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Knit-A-Long, Longer, Longest

Lets just pretend like I was never missing. My daughter is now happily married and I'm on the mend....and hear I am again....tah-dah

My latest fun filler is a knit-a-long, or mini-knit-a-long. There are only 3 of us, but we welcome anyone. Debbie, Mom and I are knitting the Garter Ridge Cardi in the Creative Knitting May 2006 magazine. It's quite spring, quite lovely and, more importantly for me, quite easy. I'm about 15" into the back and feeling quite impressed with myself... Mom is finished the back, finished the left front, and since I haven't talked to her within the last hour, more than likely done with the right front, she's a speedy little over achiever. I haven't talked to Deb since the weekend, Deb feel free to post in the comments how you're doing... Mom's is a lovely lilac (I know this because I took her lilacs for Easter and they were nearly the exact color of her sweater), Debbie's is - I believe- a sweet light blue and mine is Yellow. Not lemony yellow, but somewhere between butter and hmmm...dark butter...I don't know, what else is yellow? So, if we'd finished our pastel sweaters by Easter we could have had a pic taken of the 3 of us looking Easter Egg Fabulous in our Cardi's, a rainbow of egg colors. We are all using the TLC Cotton Plus, so it's also an inexpensive garment.

We'll get some pictures posted a.s.a.p.