Our TV has been out of commission for 4 days now. That means I missed Heros, and Lost and tonight I'm going to miss Grey's Anatomy and Ugly Betty!! Oh the horror!
Sunday afternoon - we were innocently watching one of those laze-inducing movies from the 80s that they always play on Sunday afternoons on TBS (I love those!) when all of a sudden.... *pop* ... the tv went black - but the sound stayed on. Uh oh.
We have one of those fancy flat panel DLP things and the bulb apparently only has a shelf life of 3 years or so. WTF! I didn't know this! Apparently hubby did. I don't know about you - maybe I'm old school- but when I buy a TV (especially an expensive one) I expect it to last forever. I don't expect it to just go *pop* one day and need expensive parts and repair to get it running again.
I was definitely not amused either when hubby opened up the guts of this expensive TV and began playing around. The TV looked like it had been in that ferry crash I saw last week on Grey's Anatomy! Wires and circuit boards strewn everywhere. Now I must admit - I didn't have too much confidence in hubby's abilities to fix the TV at first... but he seems to have identified the problem.
After replacing the lamp (and the TV still not working by the way) - he delved deeper and found the root of the problem. He now thinks can fix it with some soldering and a new "lamp power ballast" - whatever the heck that is!
All I care about is the fact that I can no longer sit in front of the tv and knit. I've come to realize that I rarely knit without the tv on. I sit on the couch in the silent family room with my knitting and I just can't seems to do it. It's not the same! Weird huh...
So - I went upstairs to my craft room and decided since I wasn't feeling the knitting - I would sew something. So I did!
I sewed this:
I have been wanting to make a needle case for my double point needles for a while now - since they are everywhere! Some are in a vase in my craft room, some are in my knitting bags, some are still attached to uncompleted socks and others I will find weeks from now stuffed in between the couch cushions.
With the completion of my new needle case - I started collecting them and putting them in the case and I realized I have a freaking lot of DPNs! I have 4 pairs of size 3's three pairs of size 2s and many double sets of other sizes. Why so many?
Duh - I already told you the couch eats them.
I swear - every time I would go to make a sock - the hunt for four or five of the same size double points would ensue. I know what you're thinking - Magic Loop! Two socks on two circs! No need for DPns! Jolene even let me try her 12 inch circular that I have seen her and others make socks on with ease. I tried it - I liked it - I bought one - I'm making a sock on it right now - but I still think I will always go back to my DPNs. The other methods just didn't stick. So - I am happy to finally give my beloved DPNs a proper home.
I made up my own pattern for this needle case - so I'm sure a more experienced sewer may have come up with something better - but I'm extremely proud of myself for not using anyone else's instructions to help me. This is all MINE baby!
Oh and I can't resist posting this - my neighbors got a new dog! Allow me to introduce you to Riggo. (named after the Redskins player - John Riggins)
He's a pound puppy who found a home - isn't he adorable!
Look at those brown eyes...