Wednesday, February 04, 2009

So here I was ...

... thinking the power outage was done and over with and a couple of hours later the power went out AGAIN and this time it didn't come on for two whole days!! It was due to the ice storm that Kentucky and Indiana and maybe even other parts had to deal with. I couldn't really tell you, since we were only able to listen to the radion in those two days to keep up with what was going on locally. It was crazy. People stood in the local Walmart foyer charging their cell phones, batteries, kerosin, candles foods that don't require cooling and heating were wiped off the shelves and even chain saws were a hot item, to cut the trees and branches that broke off from the extra weight of the frozen rain. Even the proudest looking tree ended up looking like a weeping willow.

It took another whole day for the cable and internet to come back. It sure makes you realize how much we depend on electricity these days. Thank god for a hobby that doesn't require batteries.

I kept myself busy with this.
I took this picture outside to show off the colors better, but they are not THAT bright in rality. The pattern in the Nordic Mittens from IK Winter 2004. I used Knit Picks Essential Sockyarn in black and Regia Canadian Color. With the size 1 (2.25mm) KP Harmony needles they got a little tight, since the original pattern calls for sport weight yarn, but I'm sure they'll stretch out enough. After I show them to our local knitting group tomorrow night, they will go off to my younger son's teacher as a late birthday present.
The felted mittens, the dark blue ones, are currently on their way to Germany to my dad, together with the cardigan I made for him. The felting itself turned out great. The mittens are thick an probably pretty water resistent, but unfortunately the cables disappeared almost completely. It was almost a waste of time to even put them in there, but we'll just write that off as a learning experience. I forgot to take a picture of the finished mittens, before I put them in the box.
Yesterday I cast on for some felted slippers. My husband actually "ordered" those and how can I say no to that. I still have some Lopi Lite left over from my first fair isle sweater (yes, it's still hibernating and the "beard" is still not woven in). That should make for some nice multi colored slippers for me. I might try the ballet version from the book for myself.

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At 8:09 AM, Blogger Monika said...

Glad you made it through the ice storm. All the ice would be so pretty, if the sun were out!
The mittens look great! I hope your dad will like his new cardi and mittens. Good luck with the slippers!

At 9:42 AM, Blogger Marianne said...

Oh I feel for you! We were a little luckier this year, but last year, well, I just hope none of us have to go through such extreme ice storms again.
So glad you had such a fabulous project on your needles, your mittens are GORgeous!
You and your husband are going to really enjoy those felted slippers!
I hadn't realized there was a 'new version' out, taking into consideration more narrow feet, how about that!

At 5:17 PM, Blogger Wanderingcatstudio said...

Mittens look lovely, and i hope the power stays on for a while!

At 4:16 PM, Anonymous Carrie K said...

Oh wow, that was some intense storm! I'm glad you're okay but no power for all that time? Yikes.

Cute mittens though! Nice and cheery and bright.

At 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went through an ice storm like that about 10 years ago. It was quite awe inspiring. We were lucky enough to have a fireplace though so no real issues during the couple of days to get electricity back. Glad you all made it. And those mittens look like the perfect thing to work on!


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