A blustery day

This exchange from the film Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day seems to sum things up perfectly:

Gopher: If I was you, I’d think about skedaddlin’ out of here.
Winnie the Pooh: Why?
Gopher: ‘Cause it’s “Winds-day.”

and as I write this blog post and listen to the wind howl, I wonder if the power will go out, and if it does, will I have gotten my blog post done?

But there really isn’t time to ruminate.

Yesterday I allowed myself to be sidetracked from my goal of spending all of January and February working on nothing but years of accumulated UFOs, and I took the time needed to make six granny squares to be included in a Yarnbombing Los Angeles project.

Today, however, the winds kicked up, blew me back on track, and I worked to finish the four pot holders for Josef Albers while sitting out on the back deck getting as much sunshine as I could.

At first, the breeze, while strong, was pleasant, and I was able to situate myself so that I did not feel the full force of the weather, but eventually, the strength of the wind continued to increase, blowing all manner of leaves and sticks about, and when rain threatened, I packed up and went inside.

Once inside, I tracked down all of the yarn I needed to finish the pot holders, and by 4:30, I had four pot holders crocheted and ready for felting.

Here they are laid out in a row:

four crochet potholders
Four crochet potholders for Josef Albers, ready to be felted

and here is that same row as the winds picked up:

four crochet potholders
Four crochet potholders for Josef Albers, ready to be felted

I did start felting the pot holders, but I was heavy handed with the vinegar I used to soak them before felting to make certain that the dyes were fixed, and I was as cautious with the dish soap as I was careless with the vinegar, so the process has gone more slowly than it would have had I been a bit more bold with the soap, but at the moment, all 100 North Carolina counties are under an assortment of weather alerts — ours reads as follows:

Tornado Watch from 8:31 p.m., Jan 30 until 2:00 a.m., Jan 31
Wind Advisory from 12:00 p.m., Jan 30 until 4:00 a.m., Jan 31

— I think I had best get this posted while I can.