Sunday, March 4, 2012

Two Cars and Knitting

Squirrel - 3 points, Humans - 0 points
For the third time in 2 years, that dastardy squirrel has eaten the wires in the Blazer and tried to build a nest.
Again, we had it towed and Knit Girl (my Blazer) has now returned safely.  Turns out, this is quite common according to the tow truck driver.  On Friday, he had towed another customer's car for the same reason. It was fixed and returned home, that evening. On Monday that SAME owner called to have the same car towed back to the shop, because the squirrel had attacked again, that fast!  The tow truck driver has figured out the issue. Yippeeee!

Seems the newer cars, mine is a 2000(not so new anymore), have wires that are wrapped in a SOY (yes soy) based polymer type coating. The squirrels have discovered it and are eating like crazy. 

Watch out, no car is safe now. :) The news is out on the squirrel radio's and tv's.  They are attacking.  Never mind that they have to eat the copper wire inside that tasty soy treat, it is worth it.  :)

So, our mechanic has wrapped the wire treat in black electrical tape, in hopes to scare the squirrels off. We also put moth balls under the car in hopes that this will deter them as well.

 I finally decided what sweater to knit from my 1800 yards of handspun yarn. The Tweedy Aran Cardigan from Interweave's Knits Magazine. Sweater is started, don't know how long it will take to finish. Maybe for next winter, since I am not going to make it for this winter. Where is winter anyway?

Then, like all Americans, we have watched in horror as our gas prices have risen steadily at the pumps. The UPS Store guy, is also a Mechanical Engineer. He has been researching, for several years, what smaller older cars are still running well on the roads and watching for them to come for sale. You see, years ago in the USA, we had cars that had great gas milage. One of those was the Mazda Miata.  I now have a 1993 Mazda Miata, that gets 32 mpg. :) That should help the gas bill a bit, don't you think? Oh, and Lacy Girl (my Miata) doesn't have Soy based polymer on her wires!  Yippeeeee!


  1. So does this mean you are now driving the MIata and he drives Knit Girl? I'm a little confused..

  2. He is driving his own Miata.... :)