Monday, August 15, 2011

When Last I Wrote

On Friday, I suggested that if I just keep to a pace of 1 color way repeat a day—why I'd have my socks done in no time.

Here I am, 3 days later—and while I have completed 1 repeat—and a bit—I haven't even come close to 2, (forget 3!)-- But there is real visible progress. The leg is complete. As I came close to the end of the leg (defined by the bit of lace clock) one of the skeins had a break—and while the yarn continued to change color in the right order—2 full round of the golden color just before the brick red were missing.

I am not (really!) anal about matching the stripes in my socks. I do like a close match—and do make an effort to start them at about the same point—but I don't go crazy. The break (and now mismatching) stripes are, well, not enough to get concerned about.

If anything—they help clarify the heel. I tend to avoid Flap/Turn/Gusset (FTG's) on socks with self striping yarn (the wider the stripes, the more I avoid them). It bothers me a bit that the gussets—with its ever changing row count, messes up the stripes. --And –inevitably, the flap and turn (since they are only half/less then half) never use up enough yarn—and the color sequence on the instep is messed up.

The broken yarn has done the same thing. The stripes are off—and while I could have cut and shortened the yarn on the second sock—I thought why bother? The stripes on the legs match—the stripes on the instep won't. And if they are not going to match anyway—go with a flapped turned gusseted heel!

I have completed the Flap. After the turn and picked up stitches of the gusset (today's goal) --well-- it's all down hill and a quick finish to the socks.

Yesterday, by virtue of not listening to the news or weather— I went out—shopping for the metal mesh I was so sure I had seen in the art supple section of Michaels. Unsuccessful.

Well not totally—I managed to avoid the worst of the flooding (In Central Park, NYC official site for weather, over 6 inches of rain!--but out on the island the further east/further south you go, the worse it got. JFK airport got over 7.5 inches of rain --it's about 5 miles south of me. (LGA got less rain--and its about 4 miles north!) Luckily—while I did go east—I turned north—and while the rain was heavy at times—I missed being washed away--er even worrying about being washed away.

While I didn't find the mesh—I did treat myself—to a new (standard base) OttLite bulb. I have an off brand Ott type light—one that is supposedly portable --but I never port it anywhere! It lives near my 'photo station' –an ottoman seat covered with a white sheet, and a small white (a sheet of Styrofoam) back drop (also covered by the same bit of sheeting), in the living room--sharing the same end table next to my couch.

The old style Ott (and Ott knock offs) had U shaped bulbs with pin connectors—and needed a special lamp to hold the bulbs.

Last year (2 years ago?) they changed—Ott bulbs now look like standard Compact Florescent bulbs (CFB) and can be screwed into any standard fixture—Well almost--They are BIG bulbs.(yes, that's an empty box—the bulb is already in use!) The bulb is actually too big for the pin up lamp I have it in (part of the bulb is exposed) but no matter.

Most of my CFB's are 10 and 20 watts bulbs—that give off the same amount of lumin's as a 40 to 60 watt bulbs, and are about the same size as a standard bulbs. (Yes, its true, incandescent bulbs do get bigger as the wattage goes up, but CFB's are always bigger than incandescent bulbs.)

And, remember watts are measure of power consumption (you buy kilowatts from you local utility)--Lumin's are a measure of light. We tend to think of a 40 or 60 or hundred watt bulb as a measure of how bright (how much light it gives) but the proper measure in to compare lumin's (1 lumin =light of 1 candle) Standard bulbs squander most of the power (watts) they use as heat—not light.

The OttLite is a 25 watt CFB—But gives off about the same amount of lumin's as a hundred watt bulb. Over 95% of the power is used to produce LIGHT--with standard incandescents, only 17% of the power used produces light--the rest of the power produces heat--not efficient use of the power. And in the summer--who needs that extra heat?

It's cool (it just never gets hot (a bit warm, but not hot)) and so much brighter than the CFB's I have been using. It was at $15 (minus the after 4PM discount sale) and so worth it. I want to go out and buy some more.

I want to upgrade a good percentage of my 20 watt CFB's (60 watt equivalents) to these super bright 25 watt (100 watt equivalents) bulbs! I don't think I need one in every lamp—but Oh, I want more! My portable ott knock off is close enough to the couch (it just needs to be turned around)so I don't need one in the living room . And my fancy table lamp has one of the few incandescent bulbs in use (also a true white light) My new bulb went into my bedside lamp. (I do tend to knit in bed before I go to sleep)

But I want another for my computer desk lamp, and one for the light fixture by my sewing machine, and... I upgraded to CFB's many years ago (long before I moved to my apartment and that's 9 years ago!) I think it's time to do second upgrade to super bright, pure white lights—in at least in some of my fixtures. These BIG bulbs won't fit in some of my fixtures—like my wall sconces—and they might not fit in my bath room fixture either (and might actually be too bright for a space that small!) but I think my entry hall would benefit. (It has 2- 10 watt CFB now—but they are getting old (9 years or so old!) I want to plan ahead and have a OttLite bulb on hand for when they give out (on average CFB last 10 years of so!)

1 comment: said...

I am new at this,bloging. But I have been reading about you and I think you are amazing. Thank you so much for all your input on knitting. I am looking forward to trying some of your recipes. Blessings to you and your Gale