My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


What Today Has Been Like

Here’s the text message I got sent to my phone from the city government this morning:

“Blizzard warning for City of Alexandria until 7 p.m. Stay home.”

That sums up our weather better than I can.

The view out my window:

The flag outside the front of my condo must be pretty tired by now:

It looks chilly, no?

So far today my power has stayed on. fingers crossed . . .

You know how I am always yapping about weighing my skein of yarn so that I can divide it into two balls for knitting socks? Well, I have a new digital scale.

It’s this one: the EatSmart Precision Pro.

You can switch the unit of measure between grams, kilograms, pounds. and ounces. And you can weigh up to 5Kg/11 Lbs on it. It runs on 2 AAA batteries.

It has a nice large display:

And it comes in 5 colors. Mine is a pretty red. ๐Ÿ™‚

While I have been using it for weighing my yarn, it is also darn handy for weighing food. One of the cool features of this scale is a “Calorie Factor Booklet” that comes with the scale. You weigh your food in grams, then look up that food in the booklet and multiply the weight in grams by the “Calorie Factor” listed in the booklet — that’s the number of calories in your portion. Kind of a cool little feature.

Anyhow, if you are looking for a compact little scale for weighing your yarn and/or food, this one works great. Check out the reviews on Amazon (see link above) — you’ll see that a lot of people agree with me!

Speaking of red . . .

Lucy has been surprisingly unaffected by the high winds and dramatic weather right outside the window:


  1. That is a lot of white. At least you have a pretty red scale and some pretty red lace to brighten up the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. What a pretty red shawl!

    I’ve been wanting to get a digital scale- thanks for the lead!

  3. I am loving that stitch pattern already! I should probably brace myself to add shawl number 6 to the line up, huh?
    .-= Muriel´s last blog ..Baby It’s Cold Outside =-.

  4. AH!! Lucy has the right idea

  5. So…. are you willing to give us another “diet” update? It’s pretty thrilling that you are taking the Clean Eating regimen to heart. Healthy eating is hard!

  6. I love snow days when the power stays on. Lots of knitting and some movie watching. I’m here in Rockville, hanging out with the kids, movies, and some sock knitting, recovering from a 3-day power outage and VERY grateful for the time off.

  7. Lots of white and some red. Looks like you’re ready for Valentine’s Day. I hope you get to venture out sometime next week!

  8. Diane Schultz says:

    I have a similar scale. Less fancy and doesn’t weigh quite as heavy a load, but it’s enough. I thought I’d mention another use for it — we use it to weigh kittens! We foster tiny baby kittens for the local no-kill shelter. They go back to the shelter for their operations and adoption when they reach 2 pounds, so my yarn scale also weighs them to see if they’re big enough!

    Hope your power stays on and you all stay safe and warm!

  9. Thanks for the yarn scale recommendation; I’ve been wanting one, but haven’t gotten to the research, so you just made it easy for me, and it’s ordered! The red is the best color by far, especially in winter.

    Good luck keeping your power on!
    .-= ccr in MA´s last blog ..Ice Cream for Dinner =-.

  10. I’ve been looking for a new scale. The one we have is ancient and is jerryrigged with various cables out the bottom and it’s a pain to use.

    How’s the clean eating going? You haven’t mentioned that in a bit.
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..Oh, and because I’m completely insane =-.

  11. I’m flying from San Francisco to Reagan National this Friday night. Last time, at Christmas, I got diverted to Raleigh NC for two days before they reopened Reagan. What do you think my chances are this time? (And I simply must get there before Monday so that I can come to your mini-trunk show!)

  12. Stickweaver says:

    Hi Wendy, I envy you your snow/knitting day, but Mother Nature has been a bit carried away in Washington lately. I have a little digital ounce/gram scale I got at, a Canadian company, They ship to the U.S.. It doesn’t have calorie conversion though! Lucy looks so warm and peaceful. Just the right company for a snowstorm.

  13. I use DH’s postage scale for yarn. What I need is the thing that holds the skein while you wind it.

    The fuzzy lump on that chair looks really comfy! Not even a blizzard can bother a cool cat like Lucy!
    .-= Cathie Jones´s last blog ..Jersey Jazz =-.

  14. Could Lucy curl up any tighter? I think she’s lost her head.
    I bought a little scale online that I now understand is popularly used for illicit drugs, and some states require registering to own such a scale.

    Walk on the wild side.

  15. You will have more knitting time Thursday. Just announced that the federal government in DC will remain closed because of the horrible weather. Be careful when you do go out.

  16. Wow, so much snow! The view out of your window is fantastic. I love how curled up Lucy is. Our Sophie kitty has been curled up all day, too.

  17. Those are very “short” lamp and flag poles. Really shows how deep the snow is. We only got a foot here in Northern Illinois, but it meant shoveling every few hours. It was a scary drive home last night on the expressway, too.

    LizE (LizzieHelen on Ravelry)

  18. Wow, the snow! Can you hear it blowing? Must look on youtube for movies of this blizzard. Stay warm!

  19. Hmmm, my digital scale is a plain old white Weight Watchers one. Love the red!

    Lucy, I’d be calmer about the weather if I could curl up and hide my face in my paws and tail, too!
    .-= Barbara-Kay´s last blog ..And yet again! =-.

  20. I don’t blame Lucy one bit! We got another 6 inches – made the bus ride home Monday night very exciting – it was apparently very slick snow! The bus didn’t have trouble, but there were cars sliding around all over the place. Once again, I love my public transportation.
    .-= janna´s last blog ..Black Cats =-.

  21. The red knitted item is probably a scarf, but it looks like a heart. Neat! Just in time for the holiday.

    I wish for a little snow; I’m glad we didn’t get snowed in this year. Enjoy the time off while you can. ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Aimee´s last blog ..It’s That Time Again =-.

  22. Thanks!! I’ve been looking at digital scales with no clue what to buy. How expensive is “overpriced”? How inexpensive is ” cheap piece of crap”? 5 minutes after I saw your EatSmart Precision Pro, one was on its way to me.

  23. Here’s hoping that we see no more snow/ice/wind till next winter. Enough already…
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..Mats and Mitts and Picsโ€ฆoh my! =-.

  24. I can’t believe what a cute scale that is! Mine is a very dull postal model that I bought at staples…

    glad to see Lucy is comfy.

  25. oohh, pretty red scale. Sheri’s going to want one~!

    Enjoy your endless snow days…think like a cat and nap!
    .-= Michele In Maine´s last blog ..Pink/Brown Floral Mini Bag =-.

  26. shelley in texas says:

    I had been taking my yarn to the local post office to use their scale. It weighs to a tenth of a gram and I wanted one like that. I finally found an affordable one that said it had a “CD-style” case. I ordered it and had it shipped to my office. When it arrived, I was surprised to see that it looked exactly like a CD case complete with changeable slide-in covers that looked like album art. One of the young guys in our office saw it and said, “Umm, Shelley, don’t you realize that is a drug scale?” Apparently, it is disguised as a CD in case the police decide to search my knitting stash. How embarrassing! I just wonder what kind of mailing list I have gotten myself on. The whole office has had a lot of laughs at my expense. I said that I hoped it would at least be accurate and my boss said, “Oh yeah, it’ll be accurate! You measure someone’s cocaine wrong and they’ll come break your legs!” I’ll stick to knitting, thanks.

    It’s actually snowing in Dallas today! A rare treat for us!

  27. I actually use my Weight Watchers digital scale for weighing yarn…much more than for weighing food! lol
    .-= Edna Tanner´s last blog ..Finish and start =-.

  28. After more miscalculations than I care to admit, I have tried to weigh my skeins/balls for socks, but here’s the thing — how the heck do you get it divided evenly into two balls? I’ve got a skein, I put it on my swift, I start to wind…where in that process do I divide the yarn in two? And how? So far I just weigh the whole ball when I’m done winding, and then weigh the ball and the emerging sock separately while it is in progress…a flawed system, for sure I feel somewhat pathetic that I can’t figure this out.

  29. All that lovely snow… a day home with just your lovely red scale and your lovely red yarn, and lucy… I’m envious! and I’m going through my red phase, I want to paint the walls red, but for some reason hubby just doesn’t GET it, so I will settle for knitting with red yarn for now too ๐Ÿ™‚