Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Taking it easy in the middle of nowhere

Well, here I am in the middle of nowhere Texas. I often find myself in the middle of nowhere Texas, but this particular town is new to me. There is nothing here really. I just came along to get away from the mess I left at the house.

To keep myself from going out of my mind with boredom, I brought some knitting. I have something called the Ultimate Sweater Machine. I don't actually know how to make sweaters. I'm making Dr. Who type scarves.

Saturday afternoon my club had an auction to raise money for the Halloween party. I offered a scarf. The winner of the auction could have either a Hogwarts scarf or up to $80.00 off a different scarf. When I asked the winner what kind of scarf he wanted, he said that he wanted a Dr. Who scarf. He wants the one with the blue and bright colors.

I was not aware that there was a Doctor Who scarf with blue and bright colors.

His son has this long scarf that someone said was a Doctor Who scarf, and it has blue in it. So he's just sure that Doctor Who wore a scarf like that one. I don't think so. I've never seen a picture of Tom Baker wearing a scarf with blue stripes. Maybe it was one of the other doctors, but again, I don't think so.

So I am making a Dr. Who season 12 scarf. And I am also making something that is the same length as a season 12 scarf with blue and bright colors. I'll see if he likes either of them. If he doesn't, that's okay. I'll have examples to show other people.

Anyway, so I am here in the middle of nowhere Texas with the Ultimate Sweater Machine. It is almost four foot long and has to be clamped to a table. Since not all tables are four feet long, I have the thing clamped to a board, and then I clamp the board to the table.

Well, this motel room didn't come with a regular table. The room is okay, but there's just the one chair and a coffee table. It's too hard to make the knitting machine work on a coffee table.

But I was not giving up. I filled the van with yarn, and I was going to knit something. So I thought maybe I could make the coffee table tall enough if I put it on top of something else. So I moved both of the nightstands and put the coffee table on top of them. That didn't quite work out. It was too tall, and the coffee table leg didn't quite fit on top of the nightstands. So then we turned the night stands on their sides and tried again. That seemed to work okay.

I'm sure the cleaning ladies are having a good laugh.

That's one of the nice things about going away for a few days, even to middle of nowhere Texas. You go to lunch, and then usually when you come back the room is cleaned and there's fresh towels and all of that.

Getting towels at a motel can sometimes be a bit odd. There are two of us. There are two bath towels, if what you get at a motel room can be called a bath towel. And then we have one washcloth, even though there are two of us. And then we have either a hand towel or a towel for the bathroom floor, but for some reason never both items on the same day. What's up with that?

But the place is okay. I might think about walking to DQ and getting ice cream later, but probably not. Those scarves aren't going to knit themselves.


dmarks said...

Enjoying the cable TV? Depending on when you turn it on, you can find feature-length infomercials on Soloflex or Chuck Norris selling exercist equipment.

evil-e said...

My brother has been in the middle of nowhere Texas...

that's the kind of place where good horror flicks are usually set. I can think of one classic right off the top of my head!

Beware the cleaning ladies, do not upset them too much by upending the furnishings.

The Diva's Thoughts said...

I tried knitting years ago but could never seem to get any good at it.

David in DC said...

I wouldn't be able to resist the DQ.