First, a quick update on Tom versus the hurricane. He is okay and his house is okay but a tree fell on his SUV. Last I heard, he was headed out with a chain saw - he never sounded happier in his life. I'm apparently dating the Brawny guy, except my dude is bald.
Anyway. So what else have I been doing other than surviving earthquakes, hurricanes, and a lumberjack boyfriend? Knitting of course. I am working on that Mighty Acorn I wrote about the other day and it's coming along well. The Quercus pattern uses an interesting top-down construction technique that begins with a provisional cast-on. You then knit the upper back; unravel the provisional cast-on; pick up the stitches; put most of them on two holders; and then use the rest to knit the first upper front, as shown below.