Life has been good. In some ways at least. We are still having car problems. Shawn took the car in to have the head gaskets checked. (Apparently they have some kind of exhaust test to check and see what's going on.) It turns out that the head gaskets are the problem. $500-$800, no prob right? Well, yes. It is. Because they said if we have the gaskets replaced we'd end up having problems with the pistons as well, because of the pressure build up. So really, it's more like a $3,000 problem because we need an entire new engine. I don't know what will happen, we really can't afford a car payment. Not with a new baby and Shawn's job giving the guys bad job sites. I'm hoping the car will last a couple more weeks. Keep your fingers crossed. (On the flip side, I have a friend who is selling his Lincoln Towncar. The original price was $2,700 but he is offering me the car at $1,900, and since he's known me since I was a wee child, he will probably take payments. Again keep your fingers crossed.)
But this is really what keeps me going, regardless of the stress,
"Hey, mom! Look at me!" She's getting so big. And smiling. Oh, she is smiling! And what a beautiful smile it is. (Now if I had the camera right by when she did! Soon.) If you want to see more pictures of the beautiful girl, go here.
You thought I was going to post my River Socks didn't you?! Didn't you?! Well you should all be very proud because I'm 75% done with the first sock. I've knit the leg, the heel flap, turned the heel, picked up the stitches...and now I'm just working on the foot. So this is what brings me to the questions that I need answers to. (If you don't want to post in the comment box, you can email me at blueyedpenny(at)yahoo(dot)com. Much appreciated!)
- When you are knitting from the leg down, how do you know how much yarn you will need? (I kept eyeballing the yarn and guessing that it would be enough for the foot, but now I'm not so sure. Thus, grabbing the last skein today.)
- How do you know how much yarn you need for a certain length sock? (What if I want knee highs or anklets?)
- If you have one big skein of yarn (say 400 yards), how do you split it for two socks? (Does this mean I need a swift and scale?)
- And is it really easier to knit socks from the toe up so you know how much yarn you have to work with? (I'm nowhere doing any advanced patterns so I have no idea if I will be able to work the pattern backwards.)
So that's it. For now. I'll post pictures of the River Sock, (recognize that it's singular for now), tomorrow! Happy Knittin'!