Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Cold as Ice with an epiphany

You never know what you'll read about when you come here. How many of you still use ice cube trays? We used to buy the 5 lb bags of ice at the grocery store but I got tired of paying so much for frozen water that comes from the tap. Yes it may be purified but since we started drinking so much iced tea were using more ice. I bought the ice maker for fridge but hooking it up would be more than a pain since the water supply is not anywhere near the fridge. This brings me to one of the things I've been dealing with for the last few months. The plastic trays didn't last long when the cubes began to stick. Twisting as you are told to just made them crack and I quickly moved onto something new. We used to have these wonderful aluminum trays when I was younger, before it was normal that ice makers dispense through the door your choice of cubes or crushed ice.

They used to come with every fridge and I thought I'll just go buy some of those. I drove to Bed Bath & Beyond and picked up today's version that looks like this.

Trust me they are not like they used to be. Thin gage and the handle failed within a week. Such a disappointment. I was thinking, the place where these are made is probably half way around the world and the idea of these must be pretty strange. On to my next ice freezing incarnation. Trying to locate some silicone ice molds but these are not readily available in the stores nearby. Tonight I found something online but my need for instant gratification had me driving to The Container Store for a hybrid ice cube tray. Not that they burn alternative fuels, these are hard plastic with a silicone bottom allowing you to press the cubes out.
The first load came out like like greased lighting. I just bought one to try out in blue and if they work over a couple week period, I'll go back and pick up a red one too.

I had a little knitting epiphany today. For some reason I had issues with tinking back through a K2tog, psso sequence. The scarf I'm knitting has these repeatedly in every other row so when I mess up, I would mess it up even further and my wife would help me get back to ground zero. I've tried numerous times to get this and it meant dropped stitches and some serious messes. Well today it clicked and I tinked back the whole row without messing things up and corrected the mistake and proceeded without incident. I've been able to do some repairs but this one stitch sequence gave me trouble. Tinking in lace takes some concentration but not so daunting as it was.

Life is Good


  1. My kids freak when we go on vacation and HAVE to make ice cubes . . . "you know, it is just sooooo barbaric" (actual quote by a 14 year old princess).

    Years ago, I bought silicone tubes for ice to drop in water or pop bottles. Works like a charm but since they aren't as dense as cubes, they tend to melt rapidly.

    Have a good day . . . and, by the way, Life is Good! Thanks for reminding me.

  2. I loved the old metal ice cube trays! I have found that most things made today aren't made to last long, the industries make more money that way! Please post how the new ice cube trays work out. I may have to order some myself.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving on Thursday!

  3. OH I do remember those and they lasted forever...I haven't found anything yet that holds up. I too love to drink ALOT of ice tea and it has to have cubes.
    Lace knitting is still something I struggle with except there is no one here to bail me out of my mistakes..LOL.
    Good luck and let us know how those new cube trays are.

  4. I went through the same thing a while back. Got some metal trays from Freecycle but they weren't as good as the oldies I used to have, so went back to the plastic trays. I don't use much ice, so the twisting isn't an issue, but I know what you mean!

  5. Anonymous12:55 PM

    "...tinking back through a K2tog, psso sequence."

    Oh good! Now you can (please!) help me! I still don't get it : ( Knowing how to tink back in lace would be soooo helpful!

    - Denise

  6. With the cost of aluminum up as much as it is, we'll never be able to find those old heavy ones again.

    I hated them anyway, because my hand always froze to the lifter thingy. And most of the time the cubes shattered. I do fine with the heavy plastic ones, but the silicone ones look nice too.

    Isn't this a LOT of thought and discussion about ice cube trays? LOL!!

  7. Stacey3:28 PM

    We have one of those silicone Orka trays! Randy HAD to have one. It must be some sort of Engineer mentality thing. I never gave ice cubes a second thought.

  8. If I recall correctly, the metal or aluminum trays used to stick to one's hand, knit of like licking and icy pole or something. I'm still using the plain old plastic variety but seriously, I thought I was the only one who was still making ice by hand. And also drinking lots of iced tea. Nice job Jerry!

    Oh and when it comes to tinking lace, I am not that patient. I just frog the whole thing!

  9. I remember those old metal ice cube trays. Oh, how my father hated them! LOL Our fridge came with an ice maker already built in; no installation necessary. But, when it broke this summer, we dug out the old plastic twist trays, and put them to good use. For some reason, I was the only one who ever emptied or refilled them, though. Hrmph.

    Glad to hear that you got the knack for tinking those pesky lace stitches! :-)

  10. Yeah, I remember those aluminum trays from early childhood. A wonder we didn't slice our fingers right off with them.

  11. I've recently (sort of) conquered tinking a SSK stitch in the lace gloves I'm doing. I used to always have to just reconstruct the un-knit stitches as best I could... trying to turn them back and forth until they looked right. Suddenly one day I was able to formulate exactly what was happening during the 'slip one knitwise, slip another knitwise, put the left needle back into the right two and knit through the back of the two stitches' and undo the pattern. My warning is... after a week, I forgot it and will have to figure it out again. But the same thing happened when I was first learning to tink knit and purl stitches, so I know that I'll be able to really get it and memorize the tinking of the SSK. If you are spending a lot of time tinking lace, though... consider two changes that have helped me. Put in lifelines of different color yarn every few rows, and stop every row and go back over your stitches to look for mistakes. Eventually the rigor of that will force your brain into keeping better track as you are working and you won't make as many mistakes. Oh... final note: I'm not going to let you get away without another reminder about the "peek/peak/pique" thing in your blog header! "piques your interest!" :-]

  12. Denise, a trick I used to learn tinking was to get some thick smooth yarn (I actually used cotton twine that we had) and big needles, and do a few stitches very loosely in your lace pattern. If there is a particular one that you are having trouble learning to tink, watch the process of knitting the stitch while knitting it in slow motion. I will describe it under my breath... "slip one... knit two together... pass slipped stitch over... okay, so the slipped stitch is forming a little collar around the last stitch I knit... I can recognize that because the two I knitted together form a slightly thick area..." then tink it... "I lift the collar up and back over... it turns back into a slipped stitch. Tinking the two I knit together is easy... If I knit 'em through the back of the loop I have to remember to tink 'em from the other direction than usual... and then I slip my slipped stitch back straight over to the left needle... Done!"


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