rain rain go away
right, i've been busy looking for work and knitting, but i'm glad that i don't have a job yet because i would probably end up on my employer's bad side for not showing up. i feel like i'm living on an island. the road to town is closed due to landslides, and the creek out my back door is rising steadily.
just to give you an idea, the creek here is supposed to be well on the other side of that tree that's in the middle of this picture. the metal fence posts in the foreground are basically the edge of my yard so to speak. i took this picture this morning while standing on my porch and not using any zoom. the creek only has to rise about six more inches before it starts lapping the bottom of my porch. i must say it's a little bit daunting, and i'm not looking forward to the possibility of moving half my stuff out of my house. the water's moving really fast, faster than i've ever seen the creek here move, and it seems to be rising more as time passes even though it's stopped raining heavily.
in the meantime, while i wait for the water to rise and wash me out of house and home, i've been knitting. this is the sweater i made for my sister for the holidays. it was a great project, and it was super quick! i started it on friday night and was completely finished by monday even though i had to run to town on saturday for more needles and monday for more yarn. i used brown sheep burley spun yarn and bought some dyed locks (basically some wool that's been dyed but not yet processed for spinning) to put the turtles on it. it was my first experience using felting needles, and it was pretty fun. i look forward to more projects like this one, but i'm still working on several pairs of socks and a cotton bistro shirt (that i've been working on for quite a while).
while at the knit shop in eugene i saw a lady working on four socks at the same time using two circular needles. i've heard several people talking about using two circular needles and how it's so great, but i'd never tried it. now i can say that it's pretty cool. i finished one sock using two circular needles, and now i've got two socks going at once. it's actually nice because it assures that the socks will be the same size. now i just need to start on the heels, and that should be interesting because i've never done a short-row heel on more than one sock at once. wish me luck, eh?
maybe next week the water will drop, and i'll get a job. my english and spanish resumes are still available in case you're a potential employer and you'd like to hire me.