on the hound and knitting posts lately. Well, actually ANY posts lately. But in exchange for working all the time, our mortgage balance is now under $20,000! Working hard FTW!
The other night I did have some time to pick up my knitting. Instead of picking up one of the two pairs of socks I have underway, I dug out the Cranberry Capelet (Ravelry link) I had started many months ago. (Just checked my project page – I cast on November 6, 2011 for this!) I messed up some of the Make 1 increases when I last worked on it, but I think I can duplicate stitch over them to fix it, instead of ripping back to the ribbing and doing the set up rows again.
It’s actually a pretty easy pattern to remember. The only time you have to pay attention is the center cable chart.
After Ava got over her astonishment that I had returned from China:
She’s hilarious. She’ll loiter around the “cupboard o’ plenty” and if I don’t pay her any attention, she’ll start with the most pathetic little whine you’ve ever heard.
We haven’t had any real big thunderstorms yet this year, but there was a couple of near storms that had the Little Bit feeling anxious.
Except that he keeps falling in the crater between the two beds.
I think this is my new favourite photo of Apollo:
Such a handsome old fella. He’s slowing down so much now. He’s still game to go for short, slow walks and spends the majority of his time sleeping (very deeply). He -is- almost 12. I think he’s pretty healthy but has his aches and pains and arthritic hip/knee. He is losing muscle tone, but is happy and content. My big handsome boy.
I have wheel problems:
I ordered some different outdoor wheels. Instead of ordering from the usual FABULOUS place, I tried a different online vendor. When I was looking through the wheels, I saw some that were advertised as being made in Canada. I -thought- those were the ones I’d ordered, but when I checked after I received them in the mail, these weren’t actually the ones. I got confused.
We had a derby team outdoor photoshoot on Monday, so I was swapping out my indoor wheels for the outdoor ones. I got five of the eight wheels on when the last three wouldn’t go on (wheel on the left). I didn’t have enough axle left to fasten the lug nut tight enough to keep the wheel from flinging off. WTF?! I tried pounding that mofo bearing in there over and over with a variety of implements, but there’s no way I could get the bearing to recess like they did on the rest of the wheels (wheel on the right).
I decided to measure the recessed part in the back of the wheel and the little lip on the wheels on the left was only about 5 mm deep and on the right it was 8 mm deep. I emailed the company and they said they’d send me three new wheels, but I am thinking it would be just as likely to get three more crappily manufactured wheels. I suspect these come in a big bin from China because the wheels arrived loose, not packaged in a set of 8 like all the other wheels I’ve bought.
In the meantime, I ordered some other outdoor wheels from Rollergirl, but these are not 70 mm tall like the blue ones above. I really wanted the 70mm tall ones, not the 65 mm I already have and are coming. But the Atoms are supposed to be pretty fast, so we’ll see.