Wednesday.

Where is the week month going?  The semester starts next week … and, let’s just say, I’m trying to ignore that.

August

 

Scenes so far.

You know, I can’t complain about August.  A certain Rooster stopped by Nashville last weekend and we had a delightful time together: good food, chatting on patios, walks in the park, ice cream, take-out, and a few adventures (planned and, um, not so planned).  It’s so nice when online friends become real-life friends!  Maybe next time we’ll even manage some knitting?

As you can see, August has been filled with many things … but not much knitting.  I’d like to think that ideas are percolating.  Many ideas about  light-weight sweaters.  Many, many ideas.  Here are just a few of my favorites:

LarchPaulie, and Hay;

Buckwheat, Alga, and Paris;

Audrey in Unst and Georgia;

Indicum and Tempest;

Manu, Whisper, and Featherweight

MandelWalnuss, and Boe (bonus points for German!)

I’m sure there are many more; I seem to be collecting them as I go.  Any favorites that I’ve missed?

My dream project, however, is the slightly bonkers 4 Flowerpot Sweater from Icelandic Knitting Using Rose Patterns.  I’ve gotten as far as shopping for yarn, reading through the directions, becoming very confused, and putting the book back on the shelf.  I have not given up, though.  Thing is, this is the kind of sweater I want to wear but do not want to knit.  A dilemma.

But now: back to work!  My knitting will have to wait …

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before & after

Before:

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After:

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Goodbye contrast edge!  I think the straight bind-off let’s the lovely buttery brown silk really speak for itself.  The contrast was just too much of a mismatched distraction.  This damson knit up super fast with slightly heavier (and entirely heavenly) yarn and slightly larger needles.  In fact, it was so quickly finished that I’m not sure I even posted any photos here.  Details on ravelry.

The finish was a nail-biter, though:

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Hardly any left over!

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Monday, Monday.

Monday, again?  Oh, dear.  I am not ready for another week.

So how about a quick recap as I sip my coffee and gird myself for the day?

There has been knitting and stitching …

Progress.

stitchery!

… and trips to the post office to mail birthday boxes to a certain sister of mine.

I hate going to the post office, but I do love this particular branch with its Wall of Country Stars.  All of whom apparently … frequent the Post Office?  In any case, there are a number of recognizable faces, but the real star of this photo was Ronnie Milsap (smack in the center).  My sister loves some Milsap.

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Finally, Alice has been busy with some craft-closet mountaineering (cat-a-neering?).  This is a horrible photo, but I had to act quickly.  Luckily, we avoided a wool avalanche.

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And that brings us to Monday.

I think I’ve finally managed to clear up all the ailments that have plagued my summer — knock on wood — and spent the weekend lying low.  Now, it’s back to work.  Here’s to hoping Monday is treating you all well!

so … it’s July.

How’d that happen?

It’s been one of those summers … I don’t know where it went.

Sunshine is the best.

Alice has spent most of her time snoozing in the sunshine, which … I have to say, isn’t the worst strategy.  This heat has been crazy!  And has left me feeling rather grumpy, slightly annoyed, and more than a little cooped up.  Maybe that’s why it seems like the past few months have blended into one long blur of bad television?

Gilbert.

The heat has also had the less lovely result of unleashing all manner of uncomfortable skin irritations and minor ailments on my Celtic self.  Turns out, I was so not made for this climate … hence, the bad television and lots of time on my couch.  Complete with an awesome crocheted birthday owl pillow from my amazing sister!  (His name is Gilbert.)

As usual, I had such high hopes, and can’t help but feel a little disappointed that the time has disappeared so quickly.

But!  Enough whinging.  There’s been plenty of good stuff keeping me busy: new books, visits from friends and family, lots of knitting, a celebrity at the coffee shop (took me quite a few afternoons to recognize Ben Folds), good food, sleeping in, birthday celebrations, and, you know, some work … and a trip back home to the Pacific Northwest.

How about some photos?

Finally!

New project!  It’s Permafrost, and it’s … very purple.  The construction is a bit different — spiral vs. pi — but so far, I’m liking it.  I did run out of yarn, though, so it’s on hold for the moment.  Right in the middle of a bunch of nupps.  Probably not a bad time for a break …

Less knitting, meant more time for nature!

Ape Cave.

Ape Cave!  Somehow, my sister and I never visited as kids.  It’s a cave … or, rather, a lava tube.  After hearing about it all my life, it was pretty fun: dark, cave-like, and luckily no bats.

Bridge of the Gods.

Bridge of the Gods.  Nothing like a trip to Skamania county … the only county where killing Sasquatch is a felony offense.  Seriously.

Cowlitz Black Bears for the win!

Cowlitz Black Bears for the win!  It was a really fun hometown outing — complete with bonkers games between innings, a slightly malicious mascot, and perfect Northwest summer weather.

Salmon Creek.

Salmon Creek.  We went in search of rocks … we found lots of mud.

It was a lovely visit home, and now I’m back in Nashville.  Time to get back to work.

Today, though, I’m working on arriving.  And maybe a little back-up knitting with bad television …

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… it’s Saturday, after all.

 

action knits!!

Okay, so it’s actually not that exciting.

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In fact, it’s really just a blanket masquerading as an elaborate lace shawl.  Obviously, I’m in love.

Leaves of Grass has been my constant coffee shop companion: it is perfect for keeping the chill at bay, keeping me toasty to focus on working away … at least in theory.  If there is a hand knit that guarantees productivity — that’s definitely next on my project list.

How did I miss May?

Anyone happen to know where May went?  One minute, it’s all finals and graduation parties; the next, it’s … well, June.  And the unshakeable feeling that summer is already over …

Sigh.

It happens every time.

color affection

At least knitting is going according to plan.  This is Veera’s lovely Color Affection shawl in three shades of malabrigo lace: natural, polar morn, and apple green.  So far, it’s fluffy soft and light as a feather … though a bit tangly, keeping all those fuzzy strands in order.

The rows have gotten long, but that’s okay.  It’s summertime in Nashville, so there’s no hurry … though I have to say, my giant Leaves of Grass is an ideal café companion: it’s basically a blanket, perfect for wrapping up against overzealous air-conditioning.

Someone likes mint chocolate chip.

Then there’s Alice … enjoying some mint chocolate chip.  Weirdo.