A. Short Lesson. Optional . Skip to B for Knitting.
Here we are, Fireman and I , measuring the height of a tree. Unbeknownst to me, Fireman has known this math magic, for a long time. Hence, he can fall a tree with confidence that it will go where he wants it to. We have taken down at least 15, or 16, trees since we bought the house and the forest 4 years ago.
So , just like there are tricks in knitting, (tell me yours later!) , there are tricks, important ones, in forestry.
I’ll explain in a way, that you WILL have to go back and you tube it for sure if you plan to take a tree down soon. So you take a straight item, and you put it next to your eye. (we are talking a broom handle or pipe).
Then you point the end at the base of the tree and move your hand at the same time. Eyeball, haha, the place your hand slid to.
Then you flip the stick so the shortest part is like this:
And you walk forwards until the tip of the tree top is at the measuring sticks’ top. THen make a Mark on the ground by your foot where you stopped walking when you saw the treetop . Then you take a measuring tape and measure the distance from where you ended up standing , to the tree trunk. That will give you a good estimate of a tree’s height. Ours came to 40 feet.
If you are a pioneer or someone in the Donner Party, (just kidding I’m not going there) you can use another formula with your foot stride , that will give you an estimate as well. (Because A pioneer might not have a magnetic measuring tape.)
Who knew? Go measure something….
I am in denial about no more paddle boarding. Fireman and I could try it, today. Fireman says no, we are done. It is only 61 out, but sunny and we could dress warmly. THe winds are 20 mph. That’s the trouble. He says leave it that our last paddle over the weekend was undeniably our best, longest and quietest. Well ,even if we don’t go On the lake, I want to sit by it . And…knit by it.
C. So Rhinebeck starts this week. ! I am going to go to a virtual event at some point. Al told me SHOW ME YOUR RHINEBECK SWEATER goes live at 4 pm chicago time on Thursday. THat’s my favorite part of Rhinebeck. But, you can catch reruns of it on you tube for a long time. So , if you have to miss it at 4, fear not.
D. These little flowers are so great for fall. And for our Day of the Dead plans!
E. I am knitting. I really have been. No big shock here, I’m ditching Stevie shawl. I’ve cast on and knitted to the 18th Row or so, 4 times, and I give up around there each time. Why? I don’t honestly know. I think it is too much with those size 15 needles. I feel like I am struggling with every stitch over the wire and the needle. It has yet to feel smooth. I love the yarn, and I will knit with it. But, there was this sweater in Oklahoma’s yarn shop and I want to knit it.
I can’t get her out of my mind. It is a trick the knitting gnomes play on me. I’m going to call them and purchase the pattern and yarn , I think……
F. Here’ s my knitting trick:
I never cast on stitches in sections for double point needle set ups. I always cast all 48, Say for socks, on one needle. I work one row and can see when I then divide them and join, that they are not twisted. Please share any tip. Everyone seems to have one that somebody hasnt heard of yet! THanks.