Monday, November 14, 2005

Hey Mr. Postman

So a few days back, that snappy gal at Knit and Tonic was venting about the postman. We have a similar situation here in sunny Fla. Our guy arrives anywhere from 11 to 7. My biggest problem is he refuses to get out of the truck to bring boxes that are too big to the door. This combined with the somewhat unpredictable weather makes for tense times when packages are expected.

Just a few weeks ago I had to sprint out to stop him from shoving a HUGE package the size of a king sized pillow into the mailbox. He was trying so hard to shove it in there that the mailbox had to be replanted. Turned out to be from Knit Picks. Several of the yarn labels were damaged, but nothing so bad that Fiber Protective Services needed notifying.

So today I was so happy when the whole operation worked correctly and THIS arrived:

I love these things. It is of course the New Lux Knitting Books from 1951.

And in case you have a teen in your life, e-mail and I’ll send you a copy of this: (It's in a section called Togs for Teens!)

So back to my real knitting life. I took a serious look at the calendar, and I am realizing I can’t wait for Willy to get sock yarn. No time. I still have to finish Dad’s vest. So the girls and I are making a big leap on Wednesday: ORLANDO.

Yup, They have yarn there. So off we go. That way if nothing hits I still have time to order some stuff online.

Now…think purple for me.

I am swatching for Grape Ape socks. I started playing with it last night while watching some Elizabeth I thing on PBS. All I have on hand is green Essential Sock Yarn from Knit Picks. So the swatch is green, but you can pretend, right?

Here’s the rough chart. I’ll improve in the next couple of days.


christine said...

Ooooh, I'll be watching this! Love the name, "Grape Ape" socks!!!

Jen said...

I feel your postal carrier pain. Mine for a long time wouldn't ring the security intercom when there was a package for me. They'd just automatically fill out one of those "take some time off of work just so you can drive to the hard-to-find post office and wait in line for an hour to sign a piece of paper to relinquish your captive parcel because we were too lazy to ring your doorbell and find out that you were in fact at home to receive your package" notes.

Oh, and v. cool cable design.

candsmom said...

Our mail carriers are generally pretty good around here, but whenever I get the urge to complain about them shoving 1500 pieces of mail PLUS a yarn package into our 6 inch mailslot, I remember the possibility of their "going postal" and back down. ;-)

Grape Ape looks great- love the cables.