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Blanket Update #2

According to my spreadsheet, I’m about 40% of desired size.  I haven’t blocked it yet, so it might be a bit more.  But I don’t intend to block it aggressively, so the size is probably fairly accurate.  The sections are going very very slowly. But I know I’m committed enough to the project to start weaving ends in and trimming them… :)

On other news, I’m home safely. Except for the cold I seem to have caught somewhere along the way. I’m taking these few days easy, drinking lots of fluids, chicken soup, vitamin C, zinc, and plenty of rest while catching up with my Tivo.  All this provides some good knitting time.

Still Here; Homeward Bound

Still alive and kicking.  I pretty much lucked out and dodged all the typhoons in the Philippines. I’m also scheduled to miss the remnants of Typhoon Melor that hit Japan last week and due to hit the west coast early this week.

The diving was good. I can’t say great because I don’t think it was as good as the Solomon Islands last year. But who am I to say? It’s only my second diving trip. The weather was hot, humid, and unpredictable.  We had residual rain, wind and cloud cover from the never ending Typhoon Parma during the early part of the week. It finally calmed down for the last day or so of the trip.  The waters were murky. But the murky water also brought the corals out for feeding, which we wouldn’t see otherwise.

There was a lot of surge and it took me a few days to learn to not fight the surge and current and go with the flow. I got comfortable enough to play with my underwater housing for my point and shoot Canon.  You can see some of the pictures in my Picasa album.

I’m in Makati, outside of Manila right now. While the areas that I’m seeing look back to normal, I was told by my driver (hotel car service) that the outlying areas are still under water and without power.  They are not expecting to have power restored for at least 3 months.  It means a dark Christmas.  In order for him to get to work, he first has to catch the raft from his home and help push the raft for an hour to get to dry land, then onward to the hotel for a shower and start his day.  He plans to be here by 5:30 am tomorrow to take me to the airport, which means that he needs to be up by 3 or so.  They can’t leave their home for fear of looting.  They can’t cook at home so he needs to buy food for the night on his way home.  (I’m trying to be liberal with my tipping while here in Manila.)

So, yeah, don’t ignore the requests for donations from MSF, Mercy Corps, Red Cross, or your aid relief organization of choice.

And the blanket? It’s finally getting past the “placemat” stage.  It’s almost pillow sized.  It’s another way of say, I have a lot of knitting ahead of me.  It may be a sleepless flight back to California.


I made it to Taiwan after 22 hours in airplanes and airports. I did work on the Patchwork Throw a bit. And as predicted, I did end up having one small ball of yarn roll away into the deep reaches.  Thankfully, it was a small ball and I was able to knit it off quickly.  (Attempts at retrieving only created a stringy mess.)  I didn’t pack a measuring tape so I can’t figure out my % to completion.  The only ruler I had was in the belly of the plane.

Next on the agenda — family time during the next 36 hours, which may stretch into 48-72+ hours.  It all depends on what Typhoon Parma decides to do. As it stands now, Parma is due to be in the sea between Taiwan and the Philippines come Sunday afternoon through Monday morning as a Category 2 storm.

Although my final destination is Panglao Island, which is several hundreds of miles south of Manila, I have to connect through Manila.  I am due to fly out to Manila on Sunday evening.  I am prepared for a flight delay.


Super Typhoon Parma bearing down on the Philippines. (Graphics courtesy of examiner.com)

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