Wednesday, 11 November 2009
ticked off mightily
I am somewhat cranky. I'm going to have to make an unscheduled trip to Morris and Sons to buy some more Jaipur cotton to finish the Llani top for granddaughter as part of her Christmas presents. I thought it would be close but this is ridiculous. I still have another 4 centimetres to knit stocking stitch on the body and then ribbing after that. Sleeve stitches have to be taken off holder, eight rows knitted, some sharp decreases to pull them in and then the edging. I have enough yarn left for perhaps ten stitches. My stitch tension is spot on and length is given in inches and centimetres, not rows.
In fact, what I need to do is turn it inside out and see just how far a ball does go by counting rows. Then I can calculate number of rows left still to do and see if I might actually need two balls. Must be disciplined in the shop, must be disciplined in the shop, must be...
I'm pretty well packed. Yarn is in plastic tote boxes and clothes on hangers will be transported like that and re-hung. I have a few books to pack and my emergency knitting projects are in a bag to pick up and go. DIL is still packing away and refusing help. She's right, she's probably quicker by herself but I feel bad about not helping. So today I've done more cleaning of fiddly bits which won't really need re-doing. I've been through the place with the very long Turk's head broom and got rid of a lot of spider webs. I've also rubbed the broom over any of the outside windows which can be reached. Balcony ceilings have been done. I've dusted up high where we often pass over those areas and washed window sills and the little niches dotted through this place. The large curved inside staircase has a beautiful polished wood banister rail, neatly turned to fit the shape of the hand. It gets too much use to get dusty, but the heavy metal brackets which connect it to the plaster side of the stairs were quite grubby. I think we probably inherited them like that, but they are now quite white as I washed them with some warm water and bleach. I've cleaned out those drawers which have been emptied. Hopefully there won't be too much cleaning at the very end which is heavy/messy and we will have the carpets steam cleaned.
DIL is having a day off and I think she needs it. A friend's sister lives at Mittagong and they have gone down to the Bong Bong Picnic Races. It's a beautiful day to be out down there.