We’re having a heat wave! It’s all the way up to, uh, 75? I know, laughable to a lot of you, but in some parts of western Washington it’s in the 90’s today. Way too hot!! Luckily for us, we’re surrounded by coastline, so we’re staying relatively cool.
Not much knitting content because I’ve been sewing, sewing sewing. But I did make a new knitting bag – because we can never have too many knitting bags, right? To celebrate my new alumni status, I even made it in Washington State colors. Tastefully elegant on the outside:
Wild and crazy on the inside:
This is the Miranda bag from Lazy Girl Designs. I highly recommend this pattern for those of you who sew. The directions are very clear and the project was amazingly quick. There will definitely be more of these in my future. I’m going to stash some basic knitting notions in here and when I need to go I can throw in my wallet and current knitting project and I’ll be all set!
There were also knitting goodies for graduation. Mom and Dad gave me a sock knitting book along with a check for yarn. Thanks Mom and Dad – you really know the way to girl’s heart! Here’s the book:
I gave this technique a whirl, but found it awfully fiddly. There were just too many things to keep track of. But even if I don’t use the technique, there are lots of really cute patterns in here, including some darling toddler socks I’ll have to make for Isobel. However, it did get me thinking about the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome and my tendency to fall prey to it. Marguerite mentioned that she knits the two socks at the same time, each one on its own set of two circular needles, along with a fifth circular for doing the heel. That seemed just the ticket for me, so I used Mom and Dad’s check to order 5 size one circs from Knit Picks. I also searched high and low on the internet to find some Dream in Color Smooshy in Chinatown Apple. I think I scored the last skein available!
These weren’t the only gifts I received for graduation. My friends and family have been very generous. My sister gave me this Lladro:
Isn’t she precious? She reminds me of Isobel. My friends from church gave me a rose bush. The lovely pink blossoms will remind me of this celebration for many years to come (providing I don’t kill it!). My friend Jan gave me two beautiful Waterford goblets. The neat thing is that she also gave me two when I got my Associate’s Degree! She bought these at the same time and has been holding on to them for four years. She was probably also holding her breath that I would graduate and she wouldn’t be stuck with two mismatched goblets! And my brother-in-law and sister-in-law gave me a book on machine quilting. I’m going to get a lot of use out of it and am already planning projects. There is still one more gift to come – from hubby. But I will keep you in suspense.
Lastly, I leave you with this pathetic little face.
Our little girl is a woman now. Maggie came into season last week. What a pain! She really does not like wearing the doggie diapers, and I don’t blame her. I made these for her because the ones we bought had a hole for her non-existent tail and they kept slipping down. Our agreement with her breeder was not to spay her so that she could be bred at least once. Hopefully we won’t have to put up with this more than one more time. And, it will fun seeing her become a mother.