Monday, September 18, 2006

Whiskey, Wool, and Wood

A few updates this morning...

This was left on my desk Monday by my dear coworker Larry. It's hard to take a picture of a shot glass without glare, but it says, "Let's Get Loopy." He says he saw it and thought of me. So I did what any smart person would do and christened it with some good ol' JD. Several times. Ouch.

Finished Joe's Sock #1. Fits him pretty well - fits me better. We'll see when he gets the second one. It ended up being the perfect length - I had about 2 yards left of the Lorna's Laces skein (of course, I did have a bit more than that, but it was sacrificed into a smaller ball as a result of the Great Untangling when I started this project - I was hoping not to have to use it and potentially screw up the color pattern).

As a reward for finishing that damn sock, I started Hedgehog #4 for niece Megan. Here it is after just finishing the body. I love this stage - looks kind of like a hieroglyphic with one big boob. The shaping is done with short rows - a bit daunting at first, but easy-peasy. His "please don't shoot!" stance won't be permanent - the arms and legs wrap around once his little paws are knitted. I'm not a fast knitter (at all), but I knit this up in the time it took me to watch Before Sunrise for the umpteenth time.

CJ from the sawmill came by and started working on The Mighty Maple Logs. This kid looks 17, might weigh a buck fifty, and he plowed right through all by himself. He worked 9-6 and got through all but one log. CJ is awesome.

This is the usable wood - you can see the scraps in the background. This might not look like a lot, but each board is over 2" thick, 5-6' long, and weighs about 100lbs. Each board (other than the top middle ones) could be a table top by itself. Our next task is to get a temporary shelter up and dry these puppies for about a year.

Well, that's about it. Better get to work. Happy Tuesday!

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