Friday, January 4, 2008

We have thawed out

Yes, we realize we're from California ... but Thursday was brutally cold. Rachel said the Times reported that temperature, with the wind chill, was -10 degrees F. It felt like it.

Today was still cold but bearable. As we write this entry at 9:30 pm, it's 34 degrees--balmy!

The next few days it will warm up considerably, climbing into the 50s by Monday. Bizarre.

Anyway, thanks to Jeff, we were able to get a discount off the granite countertops. Not as much as we would have liked, but it's fine, and we want to move on. Tomorrow we're going to pick out some tile for the backsplash. After that, we just need to install some lights and new cabinet doors, whenever they arrive. The same person who coordinated the granite is promising the glass cabinet doors (we have been waiting for them for 2 months already). We're not hopeful, at this point.

On the bright side, though, we're getting accustomed to working in the tiny kitchen, although we're still not sure how to fit more than 1 person in there comfortably!

Mary is continuing to investigate knitting stores around NYC. Mind you, she has only knitted 2-1/2 scarves, using the biggest needles and the heaviest yarn. (The 1/2 scarf that she'll finish this weekend consists of all the leftovers of the first two, so it looks a bit ... weird.) But she intends to keep going with this knitting habit, eventually working toward finer yarns and smaller needles.

So far, Knitty City is her favorite store (W. 79th St), followed by Yarntopia (right near her office, around 108th St and Amsterdam), The Point and Purl (both in the West Village).

She has learned how to knit from two books: Stitch 'n' Bitch, and Teach Yourself Visutally: Knitting. Highly recommend both of these books if you want to get started on your own.

And a big thinks to Amanda, Mary's co-worker, for her encouragement in the knitting department!

Lots of other stuff going on ... continuing to decorate the apartment, helping Rachel find inspiration for her magnificent photography class she's taking, preparing to look at and buy a property in Paris (some paperwork to fill out this weekend), and of course, always looking for stupendous entertainment possibilities in the city!


Anonymous said...

Hello, folks! It's Sarah L. from the Tribune.

Mary: I highly recommend "Stitch and Bitch" and its sequel for beginner's knitting help. I'm currently working on a basketweave scarf from S&B2 that is quite pretty.

I've heard the "Mason & Dixon" knitting books are excellent as well. And you should consider subscribing to a knitting or yarn magazine. These days, of course, you can find great guides in every used book store and craft store.

You should also look into joining a knitting group (where the name Stitch and Bitch came from!). In New York there ought to be dozens!

Your sister in sticks,

Jeff and Mary said...

Thanks so much, Sarah. I actually have the first S&B book, which helped teach me the basics. I have almost finished 1 simple wristwarmer (not in the round, just flat, with a simple opening for the thumb) in seeded rib stitch. I was pretty proud of myself for being able to correct a mistake in it yesterday without having to start over! And yes, knitting is very popular in NYC. I think I may join a group. There's one store in particular, called Purl, that seems to attract men and women of all ages, so I may go there for a class or a group.