I know you are all back-to-schoolish down there. Up here, it’s still that lovely time of year when one is sipping a G & T and knitting, whilst hoping the kids aren’t setting fire to something. (That plural is pure political correctness; only one of mine would set fire to anything, and the other would tattle, so I can sip with confidence.)
I have been knitting on my Ravelympics project for Afghans for Afghans so much it’s sick. I don’t know what it is about this sweater. Some kind of perfect storm of best yarn ever made plus sweet cables that all twist on the same row plus I am just in the zone for this for some reason. I can’t put it down. I blasted through one skein in less than 12 hours which included a full night’s sleep. I’m starting to worry that maybe the sweater isn’t that into me, you know? One sleeve left and then the finish line. I’ll be weeping as I weave in the ends.
[Yarn update: I got my extra skein of Magpie shade Berry from Fine Points Yarn Shop in Cleveland, which specializes in vintage Rowan (in case you should ever be in need). They wrote me such a supportive note. Now, consistent with how these things go, I’m not going to need the extra skein. But if I didn’t have it, I would need it. So I’m thrilled to have it. Red Scarf 2008 fixins!]
While Watching a DVD of Juno
In other news, I don’t know how this happened but the Sunflower Dishcloth had a baby.
Here’s how to make it (I’m writing this for the benefit of the imaginary nut case out there who wants to make a coaster-size Sunflower): Follow the basic instructions here, with these changes: Cast on 14 and work the striped stitch pattern for 3 inches. When you are doing the picked-up chain edging around the center, try to pick up 14 stitches on each side of the center. Pick up 7 stitches for each petal, or make huge 14-stitch petals which would be really cute and Marimekko-ish. Then go find something SERIOUS to knit, OK?
Last night Joseph and I found ourselves without sister and Hubby so we had a Chinese dinner date on the most beautiful, breezy summer night of the year. Sa-weet!
PS Breaking news (and also braking news, since some of this birth happened in an ambulance): Our friend Naomi has decided that the arrival of a fourth grandbaby qualifies her as a matriarch. But what you have to check out is the crib blanket that was handspun and knitted by the patriarch!