It is not unusual, as I make the rounds of other knitting blogs, to see various posts that all revolve around the theme of apologizing for not keeping up the posting. Each time I read that, I think…no, you do not need to apologize for how you spend your time. You do not owe any blog posts to anyone.
So this is not an apology. However, I am a bit chagrined to see how much time I do let slide inbetween posts. It is not because I do not care about my blog; I truly do. It is not because I want to lose readers; I truly don’t. It is not because I have lost interest in knitting; I haven’t. It is not because I am so wrapped up in the weaving, there is no time left for anything else; I’m not and there is.
I think that just leaves lazy. Mea culpa. Now let’s move on.
First, a happy family note. My daughter has spent the last three…or is it four….years of her life acquiring a masters degree and a teaching certificate. She willl be turned loose this fall on a group of high school freshmen in a litte town not too far from Nashville, Tennessee, and they won’t know what hit them. She knows how to make biology interesting. Fascinating, in fact. She knows how to talk to kids. She knows how to teach. Those kids are so lucky; of course they won’t realize it for a while yet. But they are.
I’ve also completed blocks 9 and 10 for an afghan. Just two more to go, as soon as Rae gets them published (hint hint nudge nudge).
I’m nearing completion on a beaded scarf for my darling daughter, made with Panda Silk.
About a third of the way on another Colorjoy basketweave blanket.
And making progress on a toddler sweater. (After all, three and one cannot be considered babies anymore.)
And here is what is making me a crazy person lately. I restarted the East Meets West Jacket with a worsted weight solid (Kraemer Summit Hill). I make mistakes regularly. I unknit carefully, and once I had to tear out to my lifeline, which I am now putting in every eight rows. I ask for help frequently (thanks Sarah and LuAnn!). This will be a lengthy project. I often think I am only sticking with it because I have nothing else demanding my attention right now. And because it’s a really neat sweater. And because I’m stubborn.
But if I come back in a few weeks or a few months and say I’ve abandoned it…..or if you never hear me mention it again…..don’t say it comes as any surprise.
ON THE LOOM
Nothing. All my looms are naked, although that is strictly temporary. I completed a simple plain weave scarf out of Regia Bamboo. It is very gratifying that I can quickly weave a gift-worthy scarf. This one went to a friend celebrating her 65th birthday. She said no presents, but I ignored that dictum!
I agree....woven bamboo scarves and baseball caps don't actually complement each other all that well. But the birthday party was at a Tigers baseball game, at Comerica Park in Detroit. Michigan is devastated with all the auto industry job layoffs, and Detroit is particularly hard-hit. But last Friday night the downtown ballpark area was feeling like a happy and healthy place to be. As a special bonus for Carole's birthday, the Tigers won! Yay us!
Hope everyone is having a summer filled with fireworks and farmers market food and fun with friends. I wish the mosquitoes didn't think of me as such a good friend. Or good food. I'm off to Ann Arbor for the rest of the day to play with certain little girls.
Regia Bamboo yarn
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