The forecast calls for: wind. Yesterday I was shocked at how strong the wind was. I saw all kinds of unlikely objects being pushed around by the wind, like rogue shopping carts, and the big metal dome-shaped lids of outdoor trash cans.
The plastic adirondack chair weather report is: tipped over.
On my way home I had to dodge several downed trees. This one nearly defeated me. I went out without my digital camera, but I took this cameraphone picture on my way home. This is what confronted me on the private road, about 100 feet from the driveway:
I know what you’re thinking: it doesn’t look that bad. It’s barely blocking the road. But here’s the thing: it’s blocking the left-hand track. And what’s outside the tracks is six inches of slushy snow. Which I can’t drive through. In fact, you can see one set of my tire tracks there in the center. I had to back down the road and get a run at it 3 times before I finally made it past.
More wind is scheduled for tonight, and MUCH more wind is scheduled for early Friday morning. Wah!
I have to say, I really feel like I’ve outdone myself with this pattern. I found it somewhat confusing while I was knitting it – twice I had to rip it back because I had changed the yarn color, but not the stitch pattern. It took me ages, just AGES to get the decreases correct. I second-guessed my own gauge swatch and had to knit a second one that fit properly.
As a result of all this tea cosy drama, I have created full written-out and schematic instructions for every aspect of the pattern. Some people might say that an eight page pattern for a tea cosy is overkill. I say, if you’re going to publish PDF patterns online, why not make them eight pages long?
The pattern is priced at $4.95, but if you want a free review copy, drop a comment and I’ll send it along!