Yesterday we were told to expect a storm, so in the morning I went out grocery shopping, and prepared to settle in for the evening. Do some laundry, listen to some CDs, and knit. (No TV: I don’t own a TV.) About 7:30pm: I’d cued up a new-to-me recording of J.S. Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge (Jordi Savall and Hesperion XX's recording of “The Art of Fugue”: Bach’s treatise on writing fugues of all kinds; fabulous music, superb recording) and was settling in the chair with the edging for the Princess shawl. Tea was brewing. Laundry was deferred 24 hours. It was snowing and blowing outside.
From my knitting chair I have a nice west view out a set of sliding doors leading to my balcony. I was actually looking at the knitting, but over the tops of my glasses I saw a flash of pale green in the sky, and then nothing. The power was out. I was in complete darkness.
I expect that the green flash was caused by transformers blowing out. I saw about 10 more flashes like that during the evening: some were green, some blue, some red. (Yes it did remind me of scenes from the 1953 movie of “War of the Worlds”. Wow: it's older than I am...)
I lit some candles, and started working on an afghan square. (There’s a group I belong to and when a member is seriously ill or in really bad times, we make a blanket for them. Members contribute a square or two, and some brave soul sews them together.) The worst things was counting the stitches in the sample square to check gauge. It’s really amazing what our ancestors did by candlelight, when you think about it.
So this morning there was still no power and I went for a bit of a walk. I figure we got about 2 feet of snow, all told. Most city streets had not been plowed, and the parking lot of my apartment building was full. Here are some pictures of trees covered in snow.
The Orange Project
I’ve made some progress on the Orange Project. I have 35 grms of unspun fiber, so these 5 copps are 15 grams. Out of 100 grams, total. I started doing one of those “wraps per inch” things with some of the singles, but after some wraps I gave up. (Haven't learned to do colour correction with GIMP yet.)