Hello everyone! Am I blue? Nope! But, the skies here sure are – blue in the morning, blue at noon, and blue as the sun goes down! All this glorious, cloud-free, weather is causing West Michigan to become a bit parched! I am watering up a storm – I will post some photos soon of my blooming hibiscus, my sunny yellow yarrow, my golden lilies, and my coral-colored begonias! We have got color and LOTS of it!! How does my garden grow? Very rapidly with all this sunshine!!
Well, with all this sunshine and great weather – you would wonder what I have been knitting, right? Oh, yes – there has been knitting!! I finished Chapeau Marnier – wow, what a great pattern!!! I shall have my daughter take a photo of the hat on Rachel – I did not have my camera upon completion to get a quick shot off before the hat was enroute to Northern Michigan to daughter #1. Let me tell you, if you have not stopped over to www.knitty.com to see their summer lovelies, go right now! I knit the Chapeau with Louet Gems – in an awesome brown color, and with a pale blue ribbon with some matching shades of brown spots – it was adorable!
I am also working along on my Monkey socks – although, I have not been able to put down the Elspeth Lavold Silky Wool that I am knitting into the Indigo Waves Skirt from an earlier issue of IK. I am through the “hip” increases for my “hippy-ness” and I am about an inch from starting the lace work! I love this yarn!!! It is the perfect summer yarn – it is light weight, it feels so good, and the colorway – this amazing green – has worked its way into my heart. I want this done and soon!
Oh… speaking of done… You all need to stop over and see Judy’s Clapotis! Holy cow, it is gorgeous!! Okay, now she has me wanting a “denimy” Clapotis to wrap around me! I promise you – she will inspire you to cast on this great pattern! She did it with
3 ** 8 (**new note, Judy let me know of my error, she kindly corrected me. Thanks, Judy!!) skeins of Elspeth Lavold Silky Tweed – mmmm, mmmm, mmmmm! If you have already knit a Clapotis, this will invigorate you to cast on again! Great job, Judy!
See how easy it is to ‘fall off’ the yarn wagon? All it takes is a fellow knitter’s finished object! I will be keeping my eyes open for some Silky Tweed on sale!
I have been enjoying “Knitting Daily” – the new thing from Interweave Press – there are some great patterns out there. There was a lovely sweater from Wendy Bernard yesterday – yes, that is calling to me with it’s siren song as well! I will be heading to my stash this weekend to see if I have anything that will work for this sweater!
July is looming on the doorstep, pushing out June as she comes – can you all believe that June is almost over? Where did the month go? I can assure you that my head is spinning with how quickly this month has been flying by!
This weekend I went up to some friends “cabin in the woods” with Ken – okay, now I am using “cabin in the woods” loosely here folks! Get this – no running water, no indoor plumbing! AACCKKKK! Am I nuts? Oh, there is a brilliant idea – head up to the north woods with a guy you want to continue to be interested in you – and not have a shower to remove “bed head” in the morning!! Oh. My. Gosh. Can I tell you about the bugs????? They have the corner on the ‘eepy-creepy’ market there in the northwoods, I can definately assure you of that! There were some high points – I dazzled everyone with my “birding” skills! And, sitting around the campfire on Friday night was fun! At least it was until I realized there was no shower to remove the “campfire aroma”!! In spite of all the negative odds – Ken seems still interested! LOL, maybe my “bed head” is not so bad after all! The other plus was 4 hours of knitting time in the vehicle going up and coming home!
Well, it seems the work day is over – I could certainly be busier at work. Think some good thoughts for me about the job front – and remember, I am thinking good thoughts about all of you! Have a great Monday night, I shall try and be more faithful about blogging!!