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Friday, October 13, 2006

Sometime between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM...

Could someone please tell me who came up with that one first? I'd really like to strangle them. Yes, that's what they told me for the installation of the new Internet thingy and also the TV thingy. We upgraded to Fiber Optic stuff yesterday and you would think, that with a 4-6 hour installation time, they could narrow it down a bit more. No, they won't. (I think they could, but they won't - thanks) We had a total of 5 different installers from Verizon here yesterday and not one of them was James Earl Jones.* They took the full 6 hours to get it all done and let me tell you, I felt like they were here all day. Finn and I were glad to get everything finished and get them out of the house by the time they were all done.

So, what's a Pink Lemon to do when faced with a day of waiting and watching people hook stuff up? I started a new sweater. Above you see the back of Order and Chaos from Fionna Ellis' Inspired Cable Knits. I'm knitting it in KnitPicks Sierra (wool/alpaca) in the Mist colorway (yeah, I'm knitting with Sierra Mist). I'm doing the smallest size, which is 42 inches around. If you don't have this book, Order and Chaos is an oversized cardigan with cables inspired by treebark. For the last 3 or 4 winters, I have thrown on this huge grey hoodie that Mickael bought for himself when he got cold on a trip (its XXL- yeah - its really flattering). Anyway, I pretty much spend all winter in it running around the house trying to stay warm. So I realized that while it keeps me warm, I look pretty terrible in it. I like the color, grey is a good color for me and it goes with everything, and when I saw this sweater, I realized that this could be what keeps me warm now! Obviously, its going to need a good blocking, but I don't think that will be a problem. Its pulling itself in because its acting more like ribbing than cables right now, but it smoothes out to the correct measurements very easily. I'm about halfway done with the back at this point (yes, it knits up fast) so who knows, maybe next week you'll see a finished back.
On a slightly different topic, but still fibery, remember last week when I was finishing up Scheherazade and I said I wouldn't blog until I finished unless something really, really blogworthy happened? Well it did, and it turned out, I had too much forward momentum with Scheherazade to stop. My mom sent me some new tape measures and here they are. At the top left is a sewing one with spools of thread, needles and pin cushions. The tape pull is a spool of thread. Next to it is a tea one with tea pots and tea cups and a tea pot tape pull. Then at the bottom is the new Lantern Moon Bumble Bee. The stinger is the pull for that one. Oh, and you know how they put one black sheep in each bag of sheep tape measures? Apparently, there is one Queen Bee in each bag of bee tape measures. Mom got that one and kept it for herself.

*For those of you who don't use Verizon, when you call them, James Earl Jones is the voice that tells you to please hold and that your call is important to them and they will help you as soon as they can. When James Earl Jones tells you that, you tend to believe him.


Blogger Jes said...

I love the beginning of your sweater. I can't wait to see it. I need to make myself a cardigan in a bad way.

You're lucky the verizon people even came to your house to set you up! My co-worker had to try for weeks just to get them to dig the trenches for the lines and then waited several times for them to come out and they never showed. I'm glad you at least got them on the first try!

8:36 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

One thing I love about being in a condo, is that they install the entire building all at once (blocking out 2 days for it) and let you make appointments. So we knew to within a half hour when our fiber optic guys were coming. (Of course the wires were already in the walls so they just needed to flip some switches and connect some doodas in each unit making it a significantly faster process.)

The sweater looks great.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Laura B said...

I hate those huge time windows. The sweater looks great, though... way to turn lemons into lemonade!

9:49 AM  
Blogger Melly said...

That sweater looks like it's going to be great! But are you knitting it on straights? Does that make your hands hurt with all the weight on one side or the other?

9:54 AM  
Blogger Molly Morrison said...

Oh, I HATE that! I just got back from babysitting some contractors that were replacing the countertops at a friend's house. They said sometime between the hours of 8am and 12pm, but failed to mention how long it would take. They got there at 9:30am and took 6 hours! I had failed to get breakfast beforehand, and didn't get to get lunch until afterward. At least the countertops looked good... And I'm glad they finally got there, and did the job. I know how you must have felt when they finally left, though!

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Mary Tess said...

I'd love one of those tea patterned tape measures but my google attempt failed. Do you know who manufactures them or sells them?

12:20 PM  
Blogger somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

Love the tape measure cases with the tea items on them! Where did you find them?

1:08 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

I would believe ANYTHING James Earl Jones told me. Man, that guy has a voice!

2:59 PM  
Blogger otismurph said...

LOL at James Earl Jones (I didn't know that!) and Sierra Mist...

On another note, I just started Bristow and really like it so far!

7:04 PM  

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