It seems that a lot of my fellow bloggers are falling into the same dilemma that I am. Life has become so busy that it's often hard to find time to blog. But on the other hand, if life weren't so busy, there would be nothing to blog about!
Busyness this time came about in the form of two beloved granddaughters coming to stay for a whole week. We were having Vacation Bible School at our church and I think this is becoming a summer tradition. The girls absolutely love it and we love having them here. They both wanted to dress up in the hats and purses that their Aunt Claudia had bought for them:
I got such a kick out of Isobel, who wanted to wear her hat all week, even when she was wearing jeans. She keeps insisting she's not a girly-girl, but I think there's just a smidge of that hiding in her. She still seems to be loving her doll. At the end of the week my sister and I treated the girls to lunch at the American Girl Store in Alderwood, and of course, the dollies came along for the ride.
Several times while we were together, Isobel brought me her knitting and wanted to work on it:
She only seems to be able to manage one row at a time, but her workmanship is very nice. I'm not pushing it, but letting her set the pace.
On my knitting front, I've been working hard on my son's cardigan. All the pieces are now knit and waiting to be blocked and sewn together!
This is the part that always seems to trip me up, but using a pattern without seaming just makes for a huge project that you're dealing with at the end. I'm anxious to move on to another project and have the yarn and pattern in the queue to make Iain for Isobel for Christmas. She has expressed a desire for a hooded sweater. Still looking for something for Mei-Mei. She's almost never cold and doesn't need something too heavy. She has loved her Child's Kimono and when a sweater is called for, that's the one she wants.
And of course – there's the Ravelym . . . . oops! Ravellenics coming up. I will obstain from posting my observations about all the brouhaha that insued over the whole thing, except to say that the USOC are a bunch of twits. I do understand protecting copyright, but they kind of sorta went overboard and insulted 2 million knitters. I guess I didn't obstain from commenting after all. Anyhoo . . . this is the first year that I am participating as part of team KnitCompanion. To say that I totally love this iPad app is an understatement. I can't imagine knitting without it – especially charts. My project will be Haruni in black KnitPicks Stroll Glimmer. That's black with a lot of sparkle. I'm also entering the WIP Wrestle with Ylva. All that's left is the sewing up and arm and neck bands. Hopefully this will give me the incentive I need to wrestle that puppy to the ground!
The main reason I wanted a sparkly shawl was so that I would have something for (drum roll please) the cruise we are taking this fall! To celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, hubby and I have signed up for a 17 day cruise through the Panama Canal. Port calls include San Francisco, Puerta Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Costa Rica and Columbia. We are beyond excited. We've never cruised before and as someone commented, it is jumping off the deep end by selecting such a long cruise as our first. But I can't imagine what's not to like. Any advice from veteran cruisers out there would be welcome.
Spurred on by Kathy and her beautiful spinning, I pulled out my sadly neglected wheel this afternoon. I was gratified to find that it is indeed like riding a bicycle and I haven't totally forgotten everything I know. I have unfortunately let my spinning bag dissolve into disarray and many lables are missing, so I'm not sure what this lovely fiber is, other than a guess that it is tencel and merino:
My plan is to Navajo ply it, which is ambitious considering I've never Navajo plyed before. Guess you have to start somewhere!