All of us knitters have been there – the Black Hole of Knitting. Sometimes it's sleeves, sometimes it's endless rows of stockinette. You put down your knitting and when you come back, it almost seems as if you've made reverse progress! And without any frogging. This shawl border has been that way. I could swear after putting it down in the evening, when I pick it up the next day I have twice as far to go as I did the day before. Theoretically I know that's not true. I have 16 repeats to complete out of 56. I really, really would like to have this finished before I leave on vacation. It is definitely NOT plane knitting. Can you imagine hundreds of little beads rolling around on the floor of the plane?? So I continue on.
I did finish some spinning that I wanted done before I left, though. This was the April Mixed Blessings fiber from Fat Cat Knits. I spun the two braids separately. The red I split vertically into about 4 long pieces, the purple I broke up into random chunks, both vertically and horizontally. This is what I came out with:
Then I plied them together. I couldn't for the life of me figure out how in the world this would come out to anything remotely resembling usable yarn, but lookie:
After spinning mostly neutral yarns, I was just tickled at the wonderful colors. As I was spinning I was getting a little nervous. There were stretches of almost fluorescent pink, olive drab and it seems just about everything in between. How in the world did it come out to something this pretty? I guess that's what makes Ginny a dyeing genius. Alas, I only have about 320 yards of fingering weight, so I'm not sure what I'll do with it. Any suggestions? A small scarf or shawlette would be great, but the ones I've been interested in take about 400 yards.
Hubby wanted to do a garden this year and I talked him into giving Square Foot Gardening a try. We decided to go with just one and see how it worked before committing ourselves. So far, so good:
We've planted spinach, lettuce, radishes, carrots, beets, onions and strawberries. Everything except the carrots is doing great. In fact, we harvested some spinach to have with our salad last night and it was so tasty – tender and sweet. And we have lots and lots of little baby strawberries. Hubby built a critter cage to put over it – we have deer and rabbits. It seems to have done a really good job of keeping them out and it's lightweight and easy to remove for harvesting.
I finally had my last dental appointment yesterday. The permanent crown was placed and it really was a piece of cake. I love this dentist – after your appointment you can have fresh baked Otis Spunkmeyer cookies and a cappuccino. But I will be glad not to see him again until my check up in November.
And speaking of dentists – the woman who replaced me as office manager has quit. Sad to say, most of the staff is looking for new employment. It's a little discouraging to see all that you have spent years building up going down the drain, but I comfort myself in knowing that I can be really proud of all that I accomplished while I was there. And pat myself on the back that I am retired!!! It is such a relief to know that I don't have to deal with any of it.