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Socks, power tools, and home ownership update

SocksBefore I moved, I knit these socks in Lorna’s Laces sock yarn in the Child’s Play colourway. They were finished except for the last 8 stitches, which had to be done in Kitchener Stitch, which required my sewing needle, which was unfindable in the chaos of moving. I knew I had deliberately not packed it, but I couldn’t remember where I had safely tucked it so it would escape being packed. On the day of the move I reluctantly packed the very-nearly finished socks, knowing it might be months before I ever saw them again.

The movers found the needle under the TV. I marvelled at my ingenuity. What a clever place to hide a needle.

I can’t remember where I put it, but eventually I found both the needle and the sock, and got the computer hooked up (I always have to do Kitchener stitches with the help of an online tutorial), and sewed up that toe.

So these are my new socks, which I think are very very cute. Katherine described the colour as “Penelopesque.”

If you look carefully at the picture, you will see my first power tool framed by the socks: it’s a variable speed, reversible, cordless, rechargable drill with a 100-piece accessory kit, and it was a present from Richard and Cathy. It even has torque (reminder to self: google torque).

I had lunch with David Scrimshawthe other day and he shared some drilling tips:

1. Keep your eyes open.
2. Wear safety goggles.
3. Don’t worry about not looking cool with safety goggles on, because you look cooler than people who wear glasses in safety goggles.
4. Find scrap wood in the garbage and practice on it.
5. If you only want to drill to a certain depth, put some tape on the bit at the desired distance, open your eyes, watch the bit from behind your goggles, and when the tape touches the wall, stop drilling.

So far I have not drilled anything, because my safety goggles are still packed.

Last night I went to Walmart and got a programmable thermostat. It was regularly $49.95, and it was on sale for $25, and I had an instant rebate coupon from the government for $15, so the final price was $10 plus tax! (It helped make up for the $45.95 curtain rod.) I went to Canadian Tire too, and was going to buy furnace filters, but the selection was overwhelming and it turns out they come in lots of different sizes too. So I bought a Swiffer instead.

Tonight I Swiffered the floor, then shared a roast beef sandwich with the dog. He loved it. Immediately after wolfing it down, he threw it up and wolfed it down again. Dogs really know how to get the most out of life.

5 comments to Socks, power tools, and home ownership update

  • Gillian

    If your furnace has a filter, there should be a number or letter or size on it. The new one has to match. Buy several, and check how dierty or clean it is after a month.

    Good on the programmable thermostat. As long as Sam is warm enough, you can put the temp down quite a way during the day. (I spend all my time saying practical things to you.) Do you turn off your computer screen when you’re not at it?

  • Thank you once again for the practical things you say to me Gillian 😉 I’m going filter shopping again tomorrow, but this time armed with more information. The computer screen goes into sleep mode when I’m not at it. Is that good enough? (My son says I should replace the CRT monitor with a flat screen, because they only use about 10% of the power.)

  • I must say with all sincerity that I am honoured to be mentioned in this post not the least because:

    a) I come off like my hero Mag Ruffman;
    b) You put my tips into a nice numbered list;
    c) The post starts with beautiful socks that have Kitchener stitches (Who knew there was something called a “Kitchener stitch”? Maybe all your knitting readers, but not me); and
    d) It ends with a Zoom perspective on dog behaviour that is not one I might have come up with on my own.

  • Gillian

    We’ve gotten into the habit of turning off our monitors. They are flat screen so I don’t know if that’s what is saving money or if it’s the ‘off’. I know my electricity usage is down, which I think is amazing. Suggest to your son that he could buy you a flat screen for Xmas. That does suppose he has a job and so forth. Watch for specials over a couple of months. We’ve been lucky.

  • Nah! Don’t need goggles. Just get drilling. Don’t hit a nail. Wear your socks. Have fun!