Monday, December 31, 2007

Still accepting squares

We received a package today from Chicago - a bag of knitted squares for our next blanket. Thank you!

That Yarn Store is still accepting squares, however the final recipient for the next blanket has yet to be determined. We will have an update on that in the next few months.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Blanket 1, Sweater 0

I didn't end up getting my sister's sweater done, but I had a good excuse. Instead, I stitched together a blanket for an elderly person at the Solheim home, made with squares donated by our lovely customers.

I am almost finished with the sweater though, it's just seaming at this point, and possibly some ripping out and reknitting of the sleeve cap since I of course decided not to pay attention to the pattern. It should be finished tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

I'm back

I'm back home, got back very early on Tuesday/very late on Monday. I had been up for over 24 hours, which some people might be used to, but I'm not. Jetlag doesn't seem that bad fortunately. I might be at the store on Sunday if anyone wants to say hi.

I'm about half way done with Hana's sweater I promised her two years ago (don't worry, I've verified that she doesn't read the blog) and I'm 90% sure I can finish it for Christmas.

ps. for Jessamy and whoever else isn't in LA that might be reading, it's raining right now, apparently just for me too. I can't see my breath though, so I'm happy with the situation.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Crap apartment

I'm really not liking our apartment right now. During the summer time it was convenient and cheap, but it's really not a cosy place to live during the winter.

We've received a letter from the landlord saying that we need to keep the apartment at 10 degrees Celsius while we are gone on vacation so the pipes won't freeze, thank goodness they sent the letter too, it would have never occurred to us. Unfortunately it's going to cost us a lot, but better a £100 pound gas bill (just a guess) than a £5,000 bill for burst pipes.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Frosty the car park

There was frost on the sidewalk again this morning, the first of the frost started yesterday. For a second after I first saw the layer of whiteness I thought it was snow, but then I realized there would probably not be a mini snow blizzard that would just cover one parking lot, I mean car park.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Yesterday one of my coworkers mentioned it looked like it was snow weather. It hasn't happened yet, and I'm actually hoping it doesn't snow before I leave - I really don't have snow clothes. I also found out that the snow season can sometimes last until April.

Here are some pictures of our day trip to the Tynemouth priory (it was last month, back when it was warm enough and we didn't mind leaving the semi-warmth of our apartment)

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Hello internet

Hi! We have an internet connection at last, and boy was it more complicated than we thought. Jessamy bought our modem at Carphone Warehouse where she was being helped by someone named Mr Trainee. So instead being able to access the internet the next day we've had to call tech services twice (we gave up after 15 minutes on hold the first time), call the manager 4 times, and stop by the store an extra time in the last two weeks before it would start working...and according to the manager this sometimes happens when you order online and pick up the modem at the store. hmmmm. Perhaps if this was a know fault they could have placed a warning on the website, or put some sort of system in place to take care of the know fault. Or maybe not.

Anyhow, lots of emails from the last two weeks to look up (I'm not supposed to look at personal email at work, they actually go so far as to block yahoo), but I'll write about my job tomorrow.