Welcome to Tuesday (that really feels like a Monday)!
What could possibly help this dire situation? Reliving the weekend thanks to Carole and her 10 on Tuesday request:
10 Things You Did This Weekend
The weekend arrived a bit early here, Steve only had to work a half a day on Friday. Summer arrived in full force as well, with temperatures into the 90’s here. But, all in all it was a great weekend with a full spectrum of things to do.
We finished a garden bed that we had been working on expanding this month. Whew!
It was also a weekend of discovery – that is discovery in muscles I did not know – or forgot – I had!
There were plenty of cocktails – thank you Blackberry Brambles, Frose’s, Shrubarb (Thanks Vicki for this FANTASTIC new word!!) coolers, and even a beer or two.
The grill got the maximum amount of possible usage for burgers, grilled chicken, and grilled asparagus! There was also Lobster Ravioli, which was not grilled but so delicious!
In moments of respite from the maximum heat and humidity, there was sewing. Specifically, 100 Acts of Sewing, Dress No. 1 in a lovely Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Linen that I got from Spool in Pittsburgh. Bonus points were achieved in making and installing the best bias tape I have made and stitched in to date!
There was some spinning – I finished up spinning and plying the ITW batt that I got last year from Maryland Sheep and Wool – I love how it turned out – 400 yards of heavy fingering weight yarn. I almost finished the Shetland done for my sweater project. I just have a tiny bit of spinning to finish and then plying can begin.
There was knitting…I finished sock number one from Carole’s Picot Socks. I LOVE it! Sock number two will be cast on shortly. I also began my Summer Wish List of those WIPs I want to get done this summer – starting with Indigo Cones. Sitting and knitting under the pergola is really lovely, just sayin’.
There was reading – I finished Ann Cleeves White Nights and it was excellent! I thought it was much better than book number one, and I will definitely be continuing with this series this summer! Which is good, because I need a book set in another country for my Book Bingo card! I started The Goldfinch, and within a few pages I was enthralled. This book will be hard to put down – this is a very good thing because as everyone has reminded me this book has over 700 pages!
There was a spectacular Happy Hour under the pergola on Friday!
There was time spent just enjoying that it was the weekend, with deep gratitude that it was not over yet on Sunday night.
There was time spent in meditation and reflection of what the holiday really means, beyond a long holiday weekend, and being filled with profound thankfulness to those willing to serve and give their lives in defense of freedom.
So, tell me – what was your favorite part of your weekend?
Your sewing project is beautiful! As are the socks and jut about everything else in this post!
That dress is fantastic – well done on the bias! And your gardens, food and knitting all look lovely, too. Thanks for sharing your weekend with us.
Oh, I love that dress — binding is PERFECT! I really need to get a couple of Sonya’s patterns. Sounds like a great weekend, Kat. Wish I could take all the credit for the word SHRUBARB, but alas… still, it’s a GREAT word (and an even better beverage).
Ditto the comments above…you were super occupied and enthralled…carry on!
Great job with the dress!
Oh, I wish I could sew. Beautiful job!!
I have really enjoyed all of Ann Cleeves’ Shetland series, but I haven’t heard about any more installments on the way, so I may have to move on to one of her other series. I finished watching the third season of the PBS Shetland series this weekend, not sure if you are watching it, but it is quite good.
Hang in there with The Goldfinch–it gets long in one section, but if you stick with it, it’s definitely worth the effort!
Your weekend always looks so wonderful, because…well, COCKTAILS! I need to up my game and get into the cocktail club. Your sewing is exceptional, as is the sock. I’m finishing up my Carole’s sock pair, too. Goldfinch is really good as are most of the Shetland books. Enjoy!
you crammed in a lot of goodness into the weekend 🙂 I love that!! I am nearing the end of “resting” well at least I hope I am. I keep writing down what I want to do when I can do everything in the world!! Love your sewing 🙂
Sounds like a fabulous weekend, and your food photography is wonderful! It’s been years since I did any serious sewing (now almost only for paper crafts), but I remember bias tape with a bit of trepidation. Off to check out “White Nights,” as that is a new title to me. I loved “The Goldfinch,” though some of my book group found it unnecessarily long.