a white Saturday and a new model

I posted last night about our snowstorm. It snowed all night and was still snowing this morning. We didn't get the 7-9 inches they predicted but we probably have a good 4 inches. Here's a pic from the front door:
and from the back door:
I bought a woman. A head bust to be exact. from ebay. I've contemplated naming her for a little while now and I think I finally have something I like. How do you people do it who have kids and have to come up with names? This was hard! Anyway, I've named her Adeline. No real reason other than it flows coming from my mouth, the keys are easy to find on the keyboard, and I like the name. I need to get a wig for her, but if I keep hats on her, she's ok. Speaking of which, I made the Amanda Hat (rav link). This is a fabulous pattern and I knit it with Malabrigo Twist on size US9. It was a fun knit and the pattern stitch is easy yet very interesting.

The next item finished was the WhamBam Cowl (free rav link). This is knit with Misti Alpaca Chunky on US13. This yarn is so gloriously soft, I could take a bath in it.

Last item is the Darkside Cowl (free rav link). This was fun and interesting, although probably will not make this one again. This is knit with Malabrigo worsted on size US9.

On the needles now is another WhamBam cowl and I will be starting the Tuesday Night cowl very soon.





Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.....

They were saying this morning that this snowstorm would be comparable to the one we had in 2003 that gridlocked the city and surrounding counties for over 7 hours. I arrived at work at the normal time this morning and left by 11:15 because it was becoming very white and stillcoming down. I didn't want a repeat of 2003 for myself so I headed out. I never got home until nearly 1 as it was, so I'm glad I left when I did. I will take pictures in the morning. I know that those of you who live up north that peruse this blog will laugh like crazy becausze we won't have as much snow as you get, but we don't have the supplies nor snowplows as you do there. So we deal with it by trying not to be on the roads.

First post for 2010

aaaaaahhhhhhh, I sure enjoy 3 day weekends. Alas, they do come to an end, but I enjoy them while I have them. This one has been great. It's been very cold for us, 15-20 degrees all weekend and this will continue through to next weekend. DH gets outside with about 4 layers on and he's toasty. Of course, he's wearing the Thorpe hat I made for him last year. :-) Myself? I am inside taking care of some accounting/banking personal financial stuff, updating Ravelry with projects, casting on for new projects and trying to finish up some old ones.

I started the Best Friend's Jacket....maybe late 2008 or early 2009, and have decided to finish it now so that I can wear it during this cold spell. I lack approx 2 inches on the last sleeve. Then it's a matter of seaming, adding a little collar to it and adding the buttons. I probably should block it too........maybe. This pattern is from the book, The Knit Stitch by Sally Melville

Saturday I cast on for the potato chip scarf. So called because supposedly you can't make just one. It is fun, I must say. A very easy pattern and one I received free for buying this particular yarn (can't find the label) at Betsy's Barn Garden and Yarn in Clarksville.



I also cast on for the Garter Yoke Baby Cardigan (RAV link) in Plymouth yarn Jelli Beenz.

Also on the needles is the Comfy Cape. Pattern available on Ravelry for a small price. I'm knitting it with a smaller gauge yarn and I'm still debating whether it will work or not.

This is a copy of the picture from Ravelry and I'm knitting it with Ella Rae Silkience.



The other project on the needles is a small shawl, more like a kerchief, Ishbel from Ysolda Teague. I'm knitting with Koigu PPPM in a gorgeous Blue.



Saturday night, DH and I played some games rather than watching TV. The first game we played was Dix Mille. This is a french dice game, played with 6 dice. As any dice game, it is a game of luck and risk as well. Scoring normally goes to 10,000 points, but before you faint, you can get to that number fairly quickly.

Here are the basic rules and scoring techniques:

Start out with 6 dice. In order to start scoring and get on the board, you must score at least 500 points. After your initial 500 points, you can stop rolling anytime and add your points to your total score. This will mean more to you shortly. If all 6 dice end up "adding points", then you can roll them all again and continue adding points until your turn ends. I differentiate between adding points and scoring because if you keep rolling and the next roll doesn't bring any points, then you lose all the points that you've accumulated for that turn.

Example: roll all 6 dice and you roll 1,1,2,3,4,6. You would hold out the two 1's and roll the remaining 4 dice. Next throw you roll, 2,4,5,6. You would hold out the 5 and roll the remaining 3 dice. So far, you have 250 pts. Next throw you roll, 2,3,6. You get no points and you lose all the points from the previous rolls. You must roll at least a 1 or a 5 to continue rolling and continue your turn.

Scoring:

++ 1,2,3,4,5,6 in one throw - scores 3000 points (and because you used all 6 dice, your turn continues so roll all 6 dice again)

++ 3 pairs in one throw - scores 1500 points (and because you used all 6 dice, your turn continues so roll all 6 dice again)

++ 3 of a kind in one throw - 3 1's= 1000 pts. All other numbers are the face value of the number times 100. 2's = 200 pts, 3's = 300 pts, etc.

++ 1 individually = 100 pts

++ 5 individually = 50 pts

++ 6 of a kind - wins the game outright.

++ If you roll four or more 2's in one throw- it cancels a players entire score for that turn.

++ If you have 5 dice that count as scoring, with one die remaining, you can choose to stop rolling and score your points, or you can take a "risk". If you attempt to roll that last die, you have 2 tries. You cannot change your mind once you throw the die the first time. If you get a 1 or a 5 and your turn continues, you will also get a 500 pt bonus. If your turn continues and you have that last remaining die again, and you throw it and get a 1 or a 5 the second time, you get 1000 bonus points, this will continue as long as that turn is continuing. However, if you take the risk and you don't get a scoring number either time, then you lose all the points that you haved accumulated.

This is great mindless fun. I suggest you try it sometime. I've also placed the link for this game, there are several sites that have it now. I've played this since I was a little girl and my brother and I would play with our Mom.