I bought myself a cell phone this week. Amazing! I had said for ages I didn’t want one, felt suspicious about the health hazards, wasn’t worth the extra expense, etc etc. However, I have been coming around to the thought that it might just be convenient to have one so did some research. Tai Chi Man found a deal at 7/11.
A little cheapie phone, as basic as you can get, which normally retails at $39 but was $19 if you bought $50 worth of credit. That was actually a good deal, as the minutes don’t expire for 365 days….the only one that doesn’t have a monthly top-up requirement. There’s a small monthly fee for 911 service and the calls are 25 cents a minute. Works for me!
It now looks more like a small animal, with its shaggy coat. That’s a crocheted cover made from elann esprit and a mystery fun fur yarn.
The latest project from Knitting New Mittens and Gloves (by Robin Melanson) is this – Aethelwyne, an elven mitten knitted with Schoeller+Stahl Pantino. I bought the yarn from elann.com – two 50 gram skeins is all it takes – it’s 60% cotton and 40% acrylic in colour 0015. I’m using the same size needles as the pattern – 3.75mm and 4mm – and they fit me!
It’s very refreshing to knit as it’s so different from the last pair. A few bobbles around the wrist, yes, but simple one-colour knitting that works up fast.
I knitted the cuff for the second mitten yesterday, sitting alone and peacefully in the shade of a tree on a breezy beach. It was such a hot day and I’d been to my cleaning job, then to City Park to help out with the SPCA fundraiser Paws for a Cause, and I was due to go and pick up Tai Chi Man from somewhere so we could go to the health food store, but I had this little window of time and I took full advantage of it. It was actually cool enough in the wind that I had goosebumps. Nice!
Today, we started “school” in that I pinned the two younger boys down at the dining room table, we talked about what we wanted to achieve this fall, and we pulled out our math book for the first time in a few months. It’s officially fall, even though the temperature outside doesn’t agree!