It occurred to me this morning when I was flipping through a cookbook that I have not become “metricated” because this cookbook showed the ingredients in metric and imperial measurements. I started thinking about what I use metric for and what I use imperial. It’s split right down the middle. My knowledge of ounces isn’t as strong as my knowledge of grams: if the recipe calls for 6 oz of chocolate chips ???, but if it said 340 g, I’d know.
The same applies in knitting – I know grams for skein weight, not ounces. Yardage and metreage are so close, it doesn’t matter. Well, it doesn’t matter unless you mistook one for the other and ended up short on a project. But “ballpark” figuring it’s close.
I know weather temperatures in Celsius, but oven temps in Fahrenheit. Length measurements I prefer inches, but know that 10 cm is 4 inches. (Gauge swatch!) The big fella is often puzzled by mm/cm for rain and snowfall, and I related that as to what percentage of that 4″ gauge swatch would 25 mm be.
In that Wikipedia link up there ^ it’s funny to see that most Canadians (at least right now) are the same mix of two systems of measurement as I am. When I was in elementary school, Pierre Trudeau decided all children would learn the metric system in school. I don’t know if they are still emphasizing that in school now (Tina?) or not.
Anyways …. So my mom and sister and I went to the city yesterday and did a little shopping. One of our stops was to be the Prairie Lily yarn shop. As we pulled up, I saw a familiar looking Jeep and vaguely remembered a snippet of conversation with Judy that she went Wednesday mornings to a knitting session there. Stalker! Alert!! We went in and I found her sitting at the table at the back! We had a nice chat and she so kindly bestowed a basket on me so I could carry any yarn I might like to purchase ….
Well, I couldn’t very well walk around with an EMPTY basket! I got some Noro Silk Garden (#206) for a scarf or hat or something. That delicious Misti Alpaca needed to come home with me. I love that colourway (EZ03)!
Because it’s alpaca, it would best be used for a hat, scarf, etc. I made an alpaca sweater a number of years ago, very soft but it streeeeetched allllll the time.
The three balls on top of the Noro are Adriafil “Friends” which is a 50/50 wool/acrylic blend. It’s soooo soft! They had a couple of hats made with it on display and my sister and I both couldn’t stop molesting them. That’s colour #12. The gauge is 9 st/4″, so very bulky.
And of course there had to be lime green something!
I was powerless to resist – I didn’t want to make a scene. (ha ha ha!!!) That is some lovely Moda Dea “Silk ‘n Wool Blend” in the wasabi colourway. I picked up some of this yarn in April on one of our yarn crawls with Ande; I have three balls in #4223, aquatic, and one in #4245, sangria. It’s really nice yarn, but I haven’t done anything with it yet. I should have enough of the wasabi to make … the February Lady Sweater. I can’t wait to finish mini-Clapotis and do some swatching with this stuff.
In keeping with the lime green theme, somehow [?? shrugs ??] I came home with this lime green cashmere sweater:
So yarn, metric vs. imperial, shopping, etc. What about some hounds?
The poopers stayed home alone yesterday while I was gone. My dad came over mid day and checked on them and let them out in the yard. I imagine they spent the majority of the day thusly:
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Now I have a bunch of chores to do around the house, but the day’s almost over. Hmm, I should just cut my losses and start anew tomorrow. I could just sit down and work a few rows on the mini-Clapotis …