The New Furniture Inspectors at Work

Last weekend we had a bit of a fiasco that worked out fine in the end.  Spring is the time when some teachers leave our school and others need to our want to move to a new home.  As a result, lots of home furnishings are available via the Want Ads newsgroup.

Kent spotted two nice altar tables.  He made a commitment to purchase them. The teacher was moving house so he needed them picked up by Saturday.  We needed to find a man with a van.

We checked on Want Ads for that and found a few who were well recommended. The first one we contacted agreed to do the job for us on Saturday.

Friday night, as we were rushing out the door for a wine dinner, I received a text from him. All it said was, “van broke.”  I was a bit peeved. He can’t help his van breaking down but when I asked if he could help us find a replacement since it was such very short notice, he texted, “try classifieds.”

We tried to contact another driver between courses of the dinner but couldn’t find a van.

The next day, we were in a real bind so I booked a 7 seater taxi.  When he arrived we asked if could could transport the tables in his taxi.  He was not happy about it, but he agreed. When we hauled the tables out he was even more dismayed but he went right to work folding down and turning around seats so it all fit.  He earned a large tip.

When we hauled the tables to our apartment, the cats assumed the role of New Furniture Inspectors. First they inspected together…


Then they worked separately.


Ultimately they decided the tables were Good Things. I often walk into the room to see one of them standing on the table top or shelf. One night during dinner, Batu had fun leaping from the altar table to our shoe bench to the floor to a shelf, and so on.

Silly us. All along we figured we’d like the tables. We just didn’t realize they were also cat toys.

Knitting for Others

The Geri Johnson, the director of our Early Childhood program at school is highly involved with, an organization which provides a free, basic education to poor children. Most of their work is with girls. Most of it is in India.  For $25 a year I can fund a full year scholarship for a child. My friends and families know I love to give scholarships in other people’s names as a stocking stuffer at Christmas time.

Geri has visited project schools often.  She mentioned to my friend Maggie how cold it was there in the winter and that the children had no hats or scarves.  Maggie, being Maggie, promptly started knitting hats and scarves for Geri to bring on her next trip.

I have finally joined in.  I dug through my stash. I have lots of sock yarn.  I thought sock yarn would take forever to knit into a hat, and would make such a thin hat that it wouldn’t be very warm.  I decide to experiment with holding two strands of the yarn together. It worked quite well.  I created this hat using the Baby Pixy Hat pattern and some frogged stash yarn.

Baby Pixy hat

I love how stretchy and warm the hat is. Holding the yarn double made for a nicely heathered fabric. Only problem is that the hat is a bit small.  Geri, being Geri was nonplussed.  She said it would fit a younger sib.

I tried the Hurricane Hat pattern for my next hat.  Holding the Araucania Ranco Multy yarn double made for a lovely, dense fabric.  I was very pleased with the yarn, the pattern and the size of the hat. I tried it on a few first grade noggins and it fit well.  The children tend to be very petite compared to the students at our school so it should be a good fit. It looks uneven here but when it is blocked it will be awesome.

Hurricane Hat

For the next hat, I used a simple stocking cap pattern.  I can’t remember which one. I used Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Mediumweight in the Pink Granite Colorway.  This isn’t the hat, but it is the colorway. I gave the hat to Geri before I snapped a photo. The fabric was dense but the hat wasn’t very stretchy.  I didn’t love the way the colorway was knitting up. Holding the yarn double was making the colorway do weird things. Screenshot_4_27_13_6_33_PM

I had two other hats in progress but last weekend I started this hat because I was going to have a bunch of knitting time but needed it to be mindless knitting at the salon and on the train.  Both of those hats had reasons they weren’t the best choice for that environment.   This new hat is in worsted weight which made it knit up quickly.  The yarn is RichMore Spectre Modem Printed.  It is lovely yarn and the colorway worked well with the Hats of Hope pattern. This is a super pattern. It is dead simple, makes a warm, dense fabric, and his very stretchy.  The kid child who receives this hat will likely lose the hat long before they outgrow it. [Note: the top looks funky in this photo. However, the decreases look fine when the hat is actually on a head.]
Hats of Hope #1I hope to finish one of the other works in progress by Monday so that Geri can take it with her Tuesday night when she flies to India.  If I finish it, you’ll see it here.

The Incredible, Merging Blogs

It is with great sadness that I mark the demise of I thought it was a brilliant blogging platform. If you could send an email, then you could blog.

During my first year in Singapore I started a Posterous blog called Eye of the Beholder.  I loved being able to email photos as blog posts. I even made a few short-lived attempts at Photo 365 challenges. It has been a simple way to document my life here.


When Posterous announced it would be closing, I tried to find a service that could print that blogs into a book for me. That service is available for other blogging platforms but not this one. I wondered what to do with my blog.

Fortunately, created an importer for Posterous .xml files. This afternoon, I sucked my Eye of the Beholder Posterous blog into this one. Other that a few missing videos and a few sideways photos, it came in cleanly. I am appreciative and impressed.

So, hence forth, this is both a knitting and a daily life blog. You’ve been warned.