Hotly awaited by the resident geek, my husband, we visited the nearest Apple store last night at the right time when the line was zero and bought our iPhones, went home and…nothing. Absolutely nothing happened. In fact, 22 hours later this is how our iPhones look:

That’s right, they’re dead in the water. Why? Because we can’t use them in ANY way, shape or form, except as a pretty sleek paperweight right now until we get them activated through AT&T. Why? Because Apple made an exclusive deal with AT&T making the phones absolutely inoperable until AT&T activates them, and we can’t get them activated because someone seems to have dropped the ball somewhere and AT&T appears to be overwhelmed by the number of calls to its help line. I mean, we can’t even play with the thing, we can’t even go through a tutorial or look at its different functions until the account is activated. We knew it had to be activated by AT&T before it could be used as a phone or on the Internet, but I thought we could at least look at its functions in the meantime. We have been told that we have to wait 24 hours until our accounts are activated before we can use the iPhones, so we’re getting close, but this is crazy.

On the knitting front, we’re in our new home and this is how my office looks. Most of these boxes contain books and yarn. Despite all of the boxes I haven’t abandoned my knitting, and am still working on Bird’s Eye Shawl, Twist and Lace, and Rib Knitted Shrug. It’s nice to know that when technology fails, at least my knitting is patiently awaiting my attention, acting as a calming force in my life. iGuess!

July 1 – Update:  Our phones were activated 43 hours after our initial attempt.  Whew!  That’s a relief.  Now, I can play with my new toy.  That is what it really is, isn’t it?

Jewelry for my knitting.

Mission accomplished: we have moved to our new home in the suburbs east of Seattle. Whew, what a workout! Upon arrival at the new house with the moving van, I found a nice treat waiting on the doorstep: my order of Knit 2 Together.

I forgot to mention another treat, my first etsy order, which arrived just before we left for our trip to the ocean: little stitch markers from Hide and Sheep.

What I like is that they’re so small they won’t get in the way or weigh down my lace knitting.

Oh, and last, but not least, I received my long-awaited Ravelry invite two days before the move! Hopefully, I’ll get to work on it some more this week.

That’s it for now, a mountain of cardboard boxes awaits my attention.

Simply domestic: a new vacuum

My husband, the resident geek, got into his best geek mode recently and decided it was time to invest, and I do mean inve$t, in a new vacuum. Our new bagless Dyson DC17 Animal (for homes with pets) vacuum arrived in time for our move this weekend.

(Our son is wearing Dad’s ankle socks.)

Doesn’t it look like something out of a science fiction movie? “Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!”

We were using a Miele with a HEPA filter for the past 6 years, and despite that the house was vacuumed with the Miele a few days ago, this is how much dust, dirt and general junk the Dyson (which also has a HEPA filter) picked-up in about a 100-square foot area. That’s a lot of shorthair!


What, you thought I’d model it?

Not a chance that I’d model Rib Knitted Shell and post the pictures! Here it is during a short bright moment outside.

Now, on with Rib Knitted Shrug. Which isn’t ribbed, it’s reverse stockinette stitch instead, go figure. Reverse Stockinette Stitch Knitted Shrug is a bit of a mouthful, don’t you think? The yarn I used, Newton’s Cotton Ice, is tricky stuff to get a gauge on, since one moment I measure 18 stitches over 4″/10 cm, and the next it’s 24 stitches, but I like it and it’s a good summer-weight fiber (60% cotton, 40% rayon) since it breathes nicely.

Just found this website: www.yarnstandards.com. Nice to know that someone is at work trying to get some standards going.

Time in New England?

A sight for sore eyes it was for this New England-born nearly-native Washingtonian when we came across this town on the Washington coast yesterday. While visiting Ocean Shores for some weekend rest and relaxation the weather turned nasty, so we took to the road for a drive and happened upon the town of Seabrook, a planned community. Before you role your eyes about another development with cookie-cutter homes like so many you’ve seen popping-up in your neighborhood (maybe you live in one as do we, until our upcoming move), this one’s actually quite nice, and the houses aren’t silly looking. Instead, these look like something you’ve seen in an historic neighborhood somewhere. For me, I’m picky about how houses look, and I generally prefer old houses over new for their history, their character, and charm, warts and all, but Seabrook seems to have done it right, and it’ll be interesting to see what it looks like further into the project.

Later, we huddled into our room for the rest of the storm, choosing to watch it warm and dry rather than slogging our way through it. Across the street from mouth of the harbor, we experienced the full force of the wind on our windows as they creaked, rain sheeting on glass; watching the sea foam fly as the waves crashed on the rocks. We had one day of brilliant sunshine, so when the rain came as promised, it wasn’t too difficult to accept.

I managed to accomplish some knitting and have finished Rib Knitted Shell and will post a picture soon.

It was nice to get away again, this time for three nights, and especially to a place where we didn’t feel compelled to do anything other than relax. We all enjoyed the change of pace for a bit. I only wish that the cats had set about the task of finishing the packing for the move.

Rib Knitted Shell construction.

Here’s how Rib Knitted Shell looks after knitting up the front, through the shoulder straps, completing the neck-opening and armhole shaping, all as one piece. I don’t know if it’s an error but the pattern states that the straps should be knitted for a length of 4″ to 6″ (depending on sweater size) after the neck-opening, but when I got to the prescribed length it just didn’t look right; it didn’t seem to correspond with how it fits the model in the photo, so I made it twice that length and so far that seems to look better.

The tricky part of the armhole shaping is that I didn’t want the jagged look of an edge decrease and increase, so I decreased and increased a few stitches in from the edge. That in turn, messed with the K2P2-rib pattern of the entire shell, so I had to do some odd placements of the adding and subtracting of stitches without it being too obvious of the change. The downside is that last set of purl stitches closest to the edge decreased from two purl stitches to one purl stitch throughout the shoulder straps, until an increase occurred again on the back of the shell. You can see in the photo bellow that one set of purl stitches is narrower than the others; I hope that isn’t too obvious when it’s worn. I guess it’s kind of odd, but I really couldn’t come up with a better solution.

Knitting has a less prominent place in my days right now due to the fact that we’re moving to a new house in the area.

What a mess! It’ll be good when the move is done. In the meantime, I’ve given our son a flag to wave and emergency provisions in case he gets lost in the cardboard maze so we can send out a search and rescue team.