Sunday, May 26, 2013

Go with the flow

It is a bank holiday weekend here outside Columbus, Ohio, and let me tell you what a gorgeous weekend it has turned out to be!  Practically Perfect Weather for me.....mid sixties, blue skies, sunshine.

So what, you may ask, did I do with all that fabulous weather?

Hmmmmm......I worked on a plumbing issue, a computer issue, cleaned up cat barf from the coat rack (don't ask, it wasn't pretty.) and then I went to the gardening store,  picked out a few things, and played in the dirt, because by then it was too late to go hiking! (Ok for those of you who are not in Ohio it would be called a walk in the woods, but I say it is hiking so it is.)

Today had been designated for more yard work, and some got done but then I parked my rear end on a patio chair for an hour and enjoyed listening to the birds singing, kids down the street playing (well I didn't enjoy all of that, they got a little shrill but mine were worse at similar ages and they were still happy noises no matter what my dog might tell you about those poor children needing him to go rescue them!) and the sun on my face. There were so many other things I should have been doing, I should have felt guilty, but for once I didn't.  Not even a little tiny bit, well, maybe a tiny little bit, the least I should have done was grabbed some yarn and started on the next project but nothing that I saw in my stash really called to be that project and in the dive I ran across some yarn that really wanted to be a tank top for me to wear this summer, so I grabbed some needles to go with it and parked my rear end back in that chair for another half hour!

In case you are wondering, sitting in the sun is no place to be working on a mohair wrap, so the Purple Winter Wrap is still being ignored on the corner of my desk!  I did, briefly, consider working on the last clue of my mystery shawl but beads out on the patio didn't thrill me either!  Instead, I cast on for a vest from Interweave Knits Spring Issue.  Side note here, can someone tell me why this is called a vest and not a tank top? I can see all kinds of possibilities using that basic shape and various shawl starts for the center panel!
 
 I picked out some of my ColourMart 3/15 Shiny Cotton to make this one.  Depending on how much yarn I actually use I might make another in red, but I only have one full cone of that color left having used it to make two other shawls!

The mystery shawl needs it's final clue knit,

 and Lucy's Gift is blocking now,
 
so there was a little progress on the already started knitting.  I just seem to have a terrible bout of startitis, must be chronic, I think I have had it all year! But, I have decided to quit fighting it and just go with the flow, eventually something will get finished!

~M








Sunday, May 19, 2013

If it's Sunday I should be home

It is that time of year again.  The time of year when every day is a whirlwind of activities and meetings, endings and setting up new beginnings.  Days where I have to hit the ground running and keep running all day.

It is also that time of year where the weather is unpredictable.  Want 80 degrees, we might have that for you, but watch out for the 50 degree days to go with it.  Rain, sunshine?  How's about both!  All the plants are growing like weeds, especially the weeds.

TDQ had things to do, I had things to do, the boys had things to do, and I made it to all but one so far!  Speaking of TDQ she wanted to show you part of her fancy formal updo from last week.  This summer she plans on chopping all that hair right off, so it might be the last formal updo for a while!

I missed blogging on Mother's Day.  All three got together and made me "Flower Cupcakes" which it turns out are a great way of showing me that when they want to all three can work together without arguing!  When I pointed that out they said it was a fluke and not likely to ever happen again.

There was some knitting during the two weeks I have been absent from my blog.

The Anniversary Mystery Shawl actually is an entire clue ahead of me, but I have been working on it when I can.  Here is clue 3, but Clue 5 was released yesterday.

As I was knitting on it, looking at where I am in the yarn, I was concerned that the magical properties of the color shifts in the yarn were not going to show at all.  Being a much larger skein than I need for the project it looked like there was a risk that really it is a mono-tone shawl......

Hmm, guess the colors shifted without my noticing!

Lucy's Gift is getting closer to the end, and the grey version of Winter Extravaganza made it there.  The purple version still needs an edge and two sleeves, so quite a lot of knitting!

I got some more cream yarn to make a replacement for the ColourMart Contest Shawl where I didn't plan ahead!  Webs is having their annual super sale and had some cones of Alpaca in cream, two jumped in  my cart and as I didn't want them to be lonely a couple of other things did too!



 
 

Now to figure out where to find the time to knit them!

~M

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Blink and you will miss it

Spring has sprung outside Columbus, Ohio!  It seems that my garden went from nothing, to full of very healthy looking, bright green, weeds in the blink of an eye!  The daffodils have pretty much come, and gone again.  The woods hyacinths, which have spread beautifully over the past few years are hanging on just a little longer.
 
 (Except the ones that drifted into my lawn, they have been picked and stuffed in little vases all around the house each time I go out to mow.)

The mower died.

Well, not the whole mower, just the battery wouldn't hold the charge once I got everything plugged in where it was supposed to be.  Even rechargeable batteries give up after a while, and no-one had the right one in stock...not to mention not being able to get it out of the mower to replace it if they did.  The instructions that came with the mower made it sound so easy, push down here and pull out.  Wrong!  So I am back, for now, to doing the cord dance with the mower.

While I was out looking for batteries, and alternatives to doing the cord dance, a few plants found there way into my arms.
 
 TDQ was all set to do some potting up of a herb planter while I was weeding one corner of a flower bed when I heard a piercing shriek!

Obviously planters make good nesting spots!  As she moved the stack of planters to get the one she wanted from the bottom, one of the two birds that had been sitting in the top one flew up at her, scaring the living daylights out of a girl who didn't expect anything to be there.  She took a picture of the one who stayed in the planter,
 
 they are both gone now, obviously the neighborhood didn't really suit them!  However, there are at least three robins nests that are being actively manned in our garden.  It leads to some exciting times coming in and out of our gate as one is on the top of the fence post!

We have put in a few veggies,
 
 not many yet as I forgot to start any of our seeds inside this year so we are having to buy plants this time around.  So far just a few peppers and tomatoes, and the leeks that got trampled to death last year seem to be coming back, now to thin those starts and see if I can actually spend enough time playing with dirt this year to grow them properly!  I really hope I can, we have a fondness for Emergency Soup.

The red currants have already set a ton of fruit, we need to eat red currant jelly faster, I still have several jars left from last years harvest.

But on to knitting news...Did you miss me last week?  I missed me, next to nothing got done in the way of knitting!  It is that time of year again, when every school has end of year things that have to get done.  This month only sees it get worse, with Honors Nights and performances, picnics (I don't think I am going to be able to wrangle my way out of work to go to those, but I am going to try!) and dances.  Seemed like every time I had a few minutes I was separated from the majority of my knitting!

This week I got a little bit caught up, just in time too because Clue 3 of my mystery knit was published and printed yesterday.  Probably won't get knit until later in the week, but such is life around here right now!

I did get a few rows of the latest baby blanket, by the way, we have now discovered it is for a girl, but I am sticking with the single color this time around.  I think that for the next one I will do white and pink as the other baby I need to knit for is also a girl!  I don't know if I will pick who gets plain white and who gets two tone or let the pregnant moms duke it out.  LOL

I also got a wonderful gift in the mail. 
 
Well, bittersweet gift really because it is destined to be knit as a tribute piece for a sweet little ball of fur named Lucy, or LucyFur ..... Andrea, BadCat Designs, lost her companion this past March, right after she went to Iceland on a trip.    Lucy had helped with many a project that Andrea designed, sitting in the middle of wet shawls to pose for blocking photo's, or just sitting in Andrea's lap while she was knitting, so it was fitting that Andrea design a piece in her memory, and in memory of some of the things she saw while in Iceland.

I was supposed to be picking up stitches and working on the edge of my Purple Winter Extravaganza......instead, I starting my Lucy's Gift!


So what is on your needles this week?

~M