Four inches of it, since yesterday afternoon, and a flood watch/warning, and a nice little leak in the roof . . . well, not precisely a leak, more of an occasional drip when the rain's hard and the wind is blowing. There was gusty wind last night, and apparently some rain blew up under the flashing around the chimney, ran down a rafter, and somehow back up into the middle of the back ceiling. John thinks all he needs to do is re-caulk around the woodstove chimney (we hassled last year with the front one that goes to the oil stove that we don't use anymore), but of course he can't get up on the roof while it's raining . . . it's supposed to stop this afternoon, or maybe tomorrow, depending on who you listen to. In the meantime I have a bucket on the floor under the leaky spot (and of course it wasn't raining when I put it there, so when it began dripping again my bucket was in the wrong place . . . ) and an old rug under it.
Could be worse; at least it isn't over a bookcase.
In other news, I am mostly over whatever I had. Now I just sound awful; reminiscent of a foghorn. But I feel OK. And the cats are all stuck inside today and some of them (LeeLee, I am looking at you) are Bored and Wish to be Entertained. Too bad; I'm baking, and there are No Cats Allowed. (hahaha)
Now is as good a time as any to show you the hats I made over my August hiatus—
This is Moonshadow, by Deborah Tomasello. It was done as a mystery KAL in the Patchworks by Debi Ravelry group, and I thought I'd pull my hair out before I finished it! Which was not the fault of the pattern at all—I just don't enjoy doing stranded work that isn't a repeat, and I didn't realize it until I did some. For me, a big part of the enjoyment is the repetitiveness, the rhythm I slide into. Nonetheless, I do like this hat.
Specs: KnitPicks Palette fingering in bark and cream, done on #3 needles.
This is another Tomasello pattern, Trellis, which also comes in mitts, socks, and a cowl besides the hat. I enjoyed this one a lot more! (It's unblocked in this picture, because it was raining. And raining. Etc.) I'm contemplating a cowl in blue and white. Sometime.
Specs: KnitPicks Palette fingering in forest heather and golden heather, done on #2 needles.
And this is another one for the next Pine Ridge box (which will be mailed soon, since I got lucky and found 13 pairs of kids' glove and half a dozen hats at Goodwill for $1 each, all new! And I have a bunch of hats knitted, and a scarf or two). It's the usual hat pattern, but I did the stripes in garter stitch. (Also unblocked, for the same reason.) I'm not entirely satisfied with it; I think the lime is too vivid, even though it does pick up the green in the tweed background. I have half a ball of tweed left; maybe I'll try pink striped with it. Anyway, I'm sure someone will like it.
Specs: Cascade 220 Quatro in a purple/green/pink tweed, and Cascade 220 lime green, done on #7 needles.
My current project is a shawlette in a modified Quaker Rib pattern, with a ruffled edge and beads (I think). It will be my daughter-in-law Lara's Christmas gift (which means I get to make fewer repeats, since she is a tiny person). I'm working on the ruffle now—only 5,000 (more or less) stitches to go, and then the beads . . .
Pictures soon, when I get around to taking some.