Sunday

Well here it is, Sunday.  Last day of vacation.  Back to work tomorrow.  Sigh.

How’d I do on my list?

Here it is, in case you have forgotten it:

  • find a vest pattern and swatch for it, using the combo spin yarn I made. (in fact I did this before I even finished writing this post.  Galiano is cast on.  I’ll be playing yarn chicken, but I think I can win it) I have been working away on this, and have almost finished the pretty lace edge, which of course does not show in my crazy variegated yarn.  I briefly considered ripping it out and just making it plain, but decided to only do that if I have to rip it out for some other reason.  If I wear a solid color under it (and what else WOULD I wear, with all this activity going on with the yarn?) I am hopeful the lace will show.
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  • do the math after swatching and cast on the vest. (yes, well, I think I will be OK, I got gauge!)
  • cast on the next sweater, teal and black stripes. Did this – twice.  I knit quite a way (this photo s from that cast on) and decided that the neck was too big, so I ripped it out, started again.  I am back to this point again. The green is a little more blue than this.  I really like the color combination, and the yarn is nice and soft.  Too bad it is discontinued.  Sigh.

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  • finish spinning Copper and Gold, and ply it with silk and beads. Um what was I thinking?  I worked on this in some good chunks all week, and still, I am just over the halfway point, I would guess.  Maybe two thirds if you are feeling generous. It is going to be gorgeous.  Someday.

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  • figure out if the green/gray sweater is done or not – it’s blocked, and drying now but the button band remains a concern. It wasn’t done then, but it is now!  I redid the button band, and it is perfect.  Now I have to work on buttons.  I have some that work but I am not sure I like them.  I have some very special ones, but not enough of them.  So I have to ponder it a bit.
  • finish knitting the gray High Country Crescent shawl. DID IT! With a little yarn to spare, but not much.

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  • block the shawl. Let the photo speak for itself.  🙂
  • cast on the moon and sky shawl.  About a minute after I bound off the High Country Cresent, I cast on Moon and Sky.  🙂  I am up into the first lace section now.  Much better choice for this yarn than the previous pattern.

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  • and maybe the chain mail shawl with the Copper and Gold if it is washed and dried in time. Sadly not happening yet!
  • clean out the POOL!!!! I have been working on it, but it isn’t even close for human enjoyment
  • Hook up the filter so I can catch the rain that is sure to come to fill the top 6 inches of said pool. Filter is hooked up, but it didn’t happen before the rain.
  • rake leaves. leaves? what leaves? It rained for most of the week, I don’t rake leaves in the rain.  Nor do I rake soaking wet ones if I can help it.
  • weed the bulb garden. See leaves.  🙂
  • work on clearing out craft room. I did a small amount of this – sorted out yarn stash, boxed up tons of old needles and yarn to mail out to a woman who will be teaching knitting in Africa. I also started a “swap bin” for yarn whole skeins of yarn I won’t use but am willing to haul to Wisconsin in September, in case anyone at the knitting gathering wants it. So I will take this as a win, although the craft room is still in need of more attention
  • remember to go to the doctors appointment Monday.  🙂 I did. It was not worth the effort.
  • renew passport Check
  • get A’s birthday present. It was boring but I got her what she wanted. (Bungee cords and a first aid kit for the truck.  Oh, and her recliner is still on order, it will get here eventually.)
  • Celebrate A’s birthday multiple times with various family members. I got this one in spades!  We had a delicious brunch with Mom and B last Sunday, and yesterday, we celebrated with lunch and cake with a sister, a niece, a great niece and nephew, and a cousin.  All of this and none of it the actual day, which we spent together doing errands, but had a lunch at one of her favorite burger places in Ellsworth.
  • wind up the week at a dinner to honor niece B and her academic achievements in her 5 years at Husson University! Can’t claim this one as done yet, but we are on schedule to head out around 4 to go to this one.

I feel like I had a really nice, relaxing week off, spent so much time with my knitting and spinning, but not much else.  And I like it that way.  I told A if we ever have two weeks of staycation, I might have to retire, it would feel so good!

 

 

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29 thoughts on “Sunday”

      1. I do have some basic knitting skills. I even have a book (Knitted Lace by Jan Eaton) I need to stop making excuses…
        Thanks for the help! 😉

      2. WOW! You were right!!!
        I grabbed my lace knitting book, some scrap yarn and spent a fair chunk of today knitting up a storm. I didn’t start with a project, just practise pieces so it doesn’t matter if I make mistakes (which I did…) But there is definitely some lace happening!
        Thanks for the nudge! ;-)))

  1. It all look amazing but, I have to admit, the copper and gold yarn really caught my eye–gorgeous! The weather kind of did you a favor–with so much rain, you had no choice but stay inside and play with yarn!

    1. Thanks, Ginny. I am wearing the shawl today and loving it. Very light and still warm. Good on a rainy gray day. I can’t wait to get that yarn done as well, I want to see if I can make what I imagine. 🙂

  2. I think you need a vacation to rest up from your vacation. lol Busy busy you.
    The shawl is so light an elegant. You do beautiful work.
    I hope your week is a good one. 🙂

    1. lol yes, I chuckle too, but then I look out and wonder why I didn’t just go do it last week? Of course, it is still raining, and so they aren’t getting any drier. But eventually I will get them all cleaned up.

  3. You’re going back into the fray, and I feel like I’ve just come out of it (for the most part). It’s great when you can just be at home and do the things you’re always trying to fit in. Your productivity is inspiring.

    1. I envy all you education professionals. I know it is much more work than people think, but there are those nice long summer vacations… What was I thinking, letting my father talk me out of being a teacher? As for productivity – I really feel like I didn’t; push at all, just relaxed and puttered away, and wonderful things happened. It is how I do my best work. 🙂

  4. You did great! Love the shawl and the yarn you’re spinning. Now you need a vacation just to rest.

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