Monday, December 06, 2010
Snow, Squirrel, Socks, and Snow
It finally happened. The nice weather ended and the excessive Lake Effect Snow we've been promised has begun.
Lake Michigan is warmer than usual this year and that has supersized the Lake Effect Snow we're getting.
Even 20 miles east of us (and 20 miles further inland from Lake Michigan), they're having much less snow and they even had some sunshine today. Not here.
Sunday I drove to church on slippery roads. When I left home, I told DH I would be careful and drive so slow the people behind me would hate me. I did drive slow, but no one hated me. They didn't want to drive any faster either.
On the way home I drove through two different whiteouts and it was so slippery my car would hardly steer. Corners were taken at about 5 mph. At least I had enough sense to stay off the interstate where they had the same problems and less control of their vehicles. Six miles south of home on I-94 was a 25 car pileup and there were several other interstate chain pileups reported.
The weather forecast is for this to go on and on for at least another week and pretty much for the rest of the month and into January until the lake cools off. After that we'll just get "normal" Lake Effect Snow.
I've been shoveling snow and I'm tired and weather stressed, so I've been knitting on simple socks. These are for me to wear in my boots and around the house to keep my feet warm. Plus, I wanted to use up this yarn.
Pattern: Basic cuff down sock pattern on 60 stitches. k3p1 ribbing on cuff and instep.
Yarn: Trekking 172.
Needles: Options #1, 2.5mm
Gauge: 8 stitches/inch, 10 rows/inch