I’m glad this week is finally over. I had to work five days instead of four and two of those days was with what I call the "high maintenance" doctor. The younger one, who actually owns the practice was out of town. He is low maintenance. If he wants something, he will go get it if he is able. If he makes a mess, he cleans it up. The other doctor is just the opposite. He can’t do anything for himself and seems to enjoy going around the office making messes for others to clean up. Don’t get me wrong, he’s an excellent dentist, but working with him leaves one exhausted!
Yesterday I worked with the Community Quilt group from our guild. The group gets together once a month to make quilts to give away. Some go to the hospital – anyone starting chemotherapy gets a quilt to keep and children going into foster care in our area also get a quilt to take with them. I was able to almost finish a quilt top and brought it home to put the finishing touches on:
It will go back to the group for borders, quilting and binding.
I also worked on what I am calling my "Celebration Quilt":
Several people have asked me what I’m going to do with all the extra time I will have now that school is over. It’s hard to say because it hasn’t really materialized yet. I will be doing more quilting. I have to say that it is my first love, but never fear that knitting will go away. There should be enough of both to keep everyone satisfied. I’m hoping for more time to exercise! On Friday I did get home a little early and decided to take Maggie and walk to the bank. It’s probably about 2 miles round trip. The ladies at the bank were more than happy to have Maggie come in and she even got a cookie. However, the walk back home is all uphill and we were two exhausted little hikers when we returned.
With the price of gas ($3.75 when I filled up yesterday!), I think I will be looking at more opportunities to walk into town. It isn’t always the effort that deters me, but time. Perhaps with more time I can do that more. I’ll also be looking for opportunities to take the bus. For now, we have free bus service anywhere on the island. I hope that continues! I’d like to look at the possibilities of public transportation to get to my sister’s house. From my house I can take the free bus and then get on the ferry to the mainland (also free to walk-ons). But from there I’m not sure how to negotiate the bus system.
As I mentioned, you need not fear that knitting has been abandoned. In fact, I’ve made quite a lot of progress on the Flutter Scarf, but it’s almost impossible to get a good picture. I present this merely as proof that I have been knitting:
And knitting – dang this thing is long! It starts with a provisional cast-on, is knitted in one direction and then the provisional cast-on is picked up and knitted in the other direction. So, I’m a little over halfway done. This is about as close to mindless knitting as lace gets! There’s only a four row repeat, easily memorized and a "flutter" of activity at the end. As with all lace, it looks pretty crappy now, but I’m confident it will block out. The yarn is Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in the Iris colorway, needles are Knitpicks Harmony in size 3.
This week will also include a "flutter" of activity. My Mom and Dad arrive in Washington tomorrow and after a couple of days at my sister’s house will arrive here on Wednesday. Friday we take off for Pullman. There’s a reception for the graduates in my program on Friday night and the big event on Saturday. After commencement, my brother-in-law and sister-in-law are throwing a barbecue for us. Then we will head home Sunday. I’ve taken off the next two days to recover and visit with my parents. So, I will not be posting next weekend, but will have loads of exciting photos for you when I return. And knitting content – the long drive to Pullman and back will give me lots of knitting time!