Let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him. (Oswalt Chambers)

Monday, January 30, 2006

Sleeves and Gray Sky

Aguave sleeve partially donePattern: Aguave by Katherine Hunt in Summer 2005 Knitter's

Yarn: Knitpicks Shine, 60% pima cotton, 40% model

Color: River

Needles: Addi Turbo #4

Gauge: 24 stitches/4 inches in SS after washing

Why is it that sleeves seem to take the longest to knit even though they're not as big as the back or the front?

Why is it that sleeves eat up so much yarn? The more concerned I am about having enough yarn, the quicker the sleeves eat it up.

Each time I look at this sleeve, I brace myself in case I find an error. I do not want to frog it. I want it to be done. Why? So I can knit another one just like it.

In an attempt to not knit my sleeves too long, I've knit my sleeves a little short on the last few sweaters completed. For the Aguave, the err needs to be on the long side. Aguave sleeves would not look good with my wrists hanging out. In fact, the sleeves need to hang down over my hands a little. Guess I won't be doing dishes in this sweater.

Gloomy front yardIt's January in Michigan. This is the time of year I should be wowing you with pictures of huge snow drifts and beautiful snow covered trees and bushes. Instead, we have this.

The little snow we've had melts because the ground isn't frozen and the daytime temps are above freezing. Over the weekend, the temps were in the 50s (F). Completely weird.

Last week I saw a pair of bluebirds sitting on a nestbox. They aren't even supposed to be in Michigan in January.

It will be interesting to see what the rest of the winter is like. That is if you can call this winter. It's not like any winter I've ever seen before.

Update on Glory for Those Who Care
Glory had her tube removed on Saturday. Two vets looked at it, and I could tell they didn't really want to take it out, but they didn't want to leave it in anymore either.

They reasoned that the ear had grown together as much as possible with the tube still in, and that the tube had to come out for more healing to occur. They didn't give me confidence that everything was going to be OK, but so far everything is OK.

Each day I'm a little more optimistic that it's going to heal without any more surgery.

Isn't this where I knock on wood?

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