Well, I’ll swan. That was a favorite saying of my Granny, used to express surprise or amazement. I have no idea of the origins of the saying, but she was from south central Missouri and I don’t think I’ve heard the saying anywhere else. But it came back to me this week when I thought, "Well, I’ll swan. You can teach an old dog new tricks." I have made several attempts to knit socks on two circs, but every time have given up after about 4 rows. I just hate all those ends flopping around. On her blog Wendy mentioned that she used KnitPicks 16" circulars. Hmmm – might work. So I ordered a pair of size 0’s for my I Love Gansey socks and well, I’ll swan. They work. The cable is flexible enough and the ends long enough not to hurt my hands. And without those ends flopping around, I find it’s not too annoying. I’m finding this method quite helpful with the complicated pattern:
Will this become my preferred method? Too soon to tell, but I’ll be ordering a pair of size 1’s in the near future.
For anyone coming here from Marguerite’s blog for the amazing details of our road construction, here’s an update. We had been informed that Washington State Department of Transportation (affectionately known around here as "washdot") was going to lower the road at the end of our driveway by 8 feet and close down our driveway at least twice for 24 hours at a time. We did learn that they are only lowering our road 3 feet, but they are lowering it 8 feet about 100 yards down from us. That part is just about done. And after a lot of input (read whining and crying) they have revamped their plans and have informed us that they will try to keep the closure of our driveway down to less than 8 hours at a time. Most other streets exiting onto the highway in the construction area have other back exits, but our driveway does not. Why are they doing it? Because it’s there. They tell us it’s to lower two hills and increase the sight distance for safety. But in the 20+ years we’ve lived in this location, there has never been a fatality accident and very few of any kind. So, anyway – for your edification, here’s the beginnings of the 3 foot ditch:
We’ve been told digging will begin in earnest Sunday night. I’ll be out there taking pictures to keep you posted.