New Dawn produced the first full-blown rose.

That may be the last pleasant sentence in today’s post.

Did I say there was a refrigerator leak? I was wrong. It was a broken water pipe.

 Having spent a great deal of time recently attempting to dry out carpets by various hopeless means as more and more water flowed through the carpets, we gave up and got in professionals. We now have carpets blown up like balloons. Smelly balloons. The enormous blowers will be running for 72 hours, after which we will probably have to have the carpet replaced. The carpet is older than any of our children, so it is probably high time, but still. We have already had to remove everything from the northwest quadrant of the house, and I suppose replacing the carpet would involve removing the remaining furniture, including the piano and the organ.

My husband made us move things in addition to what the restoration people wanted moved, and also wanted us to remain alert in case they needed something. I knitted in defiance of his wishes, because frankly his response to our catastrophes is getting on my nerves, but the kids stopped playing computer games and hovered around.

At one point I mentioned that I was thinking of taking my vacation in a hotel, all alone. #1 son was in favor of this. It is possible that my response to the catastrophes was getting on his nerves. My husband, however, smiled pleasantly and said that if I did that, he would cut his throat.

Among the various visitors to the house yesterday was one who congratulated us on the lovely healthy crop of poison ivy growing in the flower garden. This does explain why I am always getting horrible rashes during gardening season, and it gives us something else to do.

Today, the plumber will be coming, and the Roto-Rooter man, and the blowers will be blowing, as I work on preparing next month’s workshops and keeping my links campaign going.

Let’s think of something more pleasant.

The knitting book I was thinking of, Knit 2 Together, turned out to be selling at a serious discount at amazon, so I ordered it along with my tea.

I haven’t knitted anything from it yet, what with its having arrived yesterday and all, but I will give you a quick impression of it.

It has some very bizarre items in it. A sweater for two people, with one sleeve for each? Knitted shorts with lace edgings? A knitted apron? Knee socks with open toes? If any of these items is on your to-do list, this book will see you through.

There are also some cute children’s clothes, though, some pretty sweaters, a handsome suit, a couple of shrugs, a toy or two. I will make the doctor’s bag (though I may make it in a smaller gauge, as it is an enormous satchel-like thing) and there are some slippers I’ll probably try. There are items at all levels of difficulty, basic knitting info, and quite a few pretty pictures and cute stories, if you are more inclined to read your knitting books than to knit things from them. Nothing wrong with that.

The directions are in plain English (“Purl 1 row” rather than “p across”) and there are schematic diagrams with measurements. Not many patterns are fitted, but those that are come in several sizes (with one exception that would be easy to adapt if you can do calculations) and generally range from 32″ to 44.” All in all, I’d say that this is not going to be your basic knitting book, but it probably has enough variety to be a useful addition to your shelves.

If you are in the mood for controversy today, there are some knitting controversies going on. Livejournal has a discussion about knitting groups only for women of color. Livejournal is a rough neighborhood and they can be not just mean but also persistent, way past any normal courteous conversation. This means that the discussion is taken past the parts we’ve all heard before, which makes it interesting. Rachelsent has a conversation going on about the effects of hobbyists on the market for the work of professional artisans. And I can’t find her again, but someone out in blogland had an essay about the natural fibers vs. acrylic controversy which was really quite amusing. I guess I’m mentioning that just because people aren’t usually amusing on that subject.

If you are not in the mood for controversy, you might still like to know that the summer reading challenge begins on June 1st. Click over there and sign up. You make up your own challenge, so it can be anything from finally getting all the way through The World is Flat to reading all of the Stephanie Plum books. Last year’s original challenge was to read two books a week and blog about them all, and I found that just about right for my summer challenge needs, so I will go with that again.

Okay, that’s enough maundering. Time to face the day. Shudder.