Summer has apparently let fall know that she is not done yet. Even though every day the signs in opposition grow exponentially!
Take Boyce Mayview Park where Steve and I walk several times a week; when we were last there, the paths were clear. But now they are littered with fallen leaves and, sadly, the trees are showing evidence of the lack of water we had in the spring. They are dropping their leaves without them developing any fall color. I have seen one or two trees with bits of color, but this almost overnight leaf drop was surprising to both of us.
Our weather has been well into the 80’s all week, and it looks like that kind of warmth will be with us until we leave the next week to visit my kids! While we need rain desperately, I am not complaining about the warm weather at all!
But, I know cool weather will be here sooner or later and, Ponchetta is finished, I need to weave in ends and give her a nice soak and block her, but she is done! Photos coming next week!
I am also almost done adding some necessary length to Nekia. Up next, my 5-day Stillwater sleeves will get a little adjustment in sleeve length.
Now, how about some links?
Recently, several knitters in my Tuesday group have all decided to knit a Wallaby. Yeah, that is one bandwagon I am not getting on! But, then I saw the Sweatshirt Sweater! It is almost like a grown-up, more adult, and more flattering version of the Wallaby!
The Sermon, curious in a very good way. Inspired by Moby-Dick and Ad Reinhardt
The Slouches Collection – especially Slouch Cowl
Stillness Collection, so many great things there!
Knitty, Deep Fall came out this week. The last couple of Knitty’s fell flat for me so I was pleasantly surprised at the number of awesome, “Ooo! I want to knit that” patterns it has!
Tahoma – I love this sweater, but I am not so sure about the yarn choice. But, I am thinking about this in some lopi and liking that thought process lots! (Superwash in a seamless sweater seems like an epic failure, unless you want the incredible, growing sweater…)
Storm Clouds Shawl… great color choice and really lovely lacework!
Finally, for the kids: Aimee’s Rainbow and Lil’ Rosebud
That is all I have this week! Have an amazing weekend and I will see you all back here on Monday!
My dear little lilacs are hanging in there, despite some frigidly cold temps at the beginning of the weekend. And, then came Sunday… and it was just glorious!
We actually did yard work and I loved every second of it! Sunshine. Birds. Working in the garden!
My Rhubarb needs to be divided and I fear I might have waited too long. Anyway, I want to put it in a container as they show in this video. I don’t have a container yet. But, it is on my list to get done this week. Hopefully, this does not harm the Rhubarb… but it has to be done.
Also, the raspberries are going crazy! And, spreading like mad! Raspberries should be in abundance this year – and last year was not bad either, I was picking enough berries in one day to make a pint of raspberry jam – so, I am really excited!
Outside of that it was a pretty quiet weekend, although we did go and have lunch with friends at Café Dehli (it was my first time there) and holy crap, was it good! So, when they rolled me out of there after we were done…. Yeah, I am not looking forward to weigh-in this week, lol!
There was some knitting this weekend as well, I will share that with you all on Wednesday.
Hope your Monday is full of good things – mine will be more outdoors than in! And, I could not be happier about that!
We went to bed last night with dire warnings of doom… an Armageddon of a storm was heading our way! And, in Pittsburgh this strikes fear into brave men. Really. The stuff of Crazy if you ask this Michigan girl – I mean I know what snow is.
BUT THE HILLS, Kat!!! Yes, yes – I understand… (okay, maybe not so much!)
Anyways, we woke today to discover that the pending doom was not so pending or doom-ish.
However, I am aware that not all places were so lucky – and if that includes you, Gentle Reader – I am deeply sorry and I hope you are safe, warm, and with functioning electricity! (And, that you have a good stockpile of knitting and books!!!)
It began snowing lightly here at about 10:30 and I am sure that I will hear how treacherous even that tiniest bit is from someone…
I have some fun things to share with you today:
Christian, Heidi, and Genevieve!
- My darlingest daughter #2 is having a little Book Party and I can tell you that these books are a HIT with Granddaughter #1. If you are looking for some books for your grandkids (or kids!!) I would love it if you helped support her (and Genevieve would love it too!) If you are on Facebook and want to “attend her party” tomorrow night, let me know and I will invite you!
- I am now a LipSense™ distributor (thank you so much Carole!) and if you want information – please ask. I won’t be advertising here on the blog, but you are welcome to join my Facebook Group.
- I am in the process of writing an actual pattern, which I will be sharing soon. But, really – I am incredibly excited about this and knitting math might be the best kind of math ever!
- Today is Pi Day – and I am sadly not a Pie Maker, however – Carole and Bonny are! They popped in my head first thing this morning – and I wish I was their neighbor to get in on their pie action!
- Pi Day and Knitting is so incredible – especially with this crazy post by the brilliant Mary Scott Huff (you can read about the entire Permission Denied Sweater Journey here). The genius of knitters never ceases to amaze me…really.
- I had a lovely coffee hour yesterday (which you will hear and see more about later this week) and it really got me thinking… there should be a thing as a Blog Retreat, don’t you think? I welcome your thoughts and ideas – I would LOVE to make this happen.
- Knitter’s March Madness begins tomorrow – so you better get your research done TODAY!
That is enough for this Terrible Tuesday. And, really – please share your thoughts and ideas about a Blogger Retreat!
Happy Friday? Yeah, I am not so sure with all the SNOW that we got last night. Oy vey. The warmth of the week has abruptly ended and it is back to hats, mittens, socks, and sweaters here! I am thankful that the snow blanketed everything to protect it from the bitter cold that is forecast for later this weekend. Fun times, I am telling you!
Now, how about some diverting links?
- Romi’s Mystery Shawl 2017 – I am really tempted to join in with this. I will be tossing my stash this morning to see what I might have that would work! Who’s interested in joining me?
- Stormy Sky Shawl – I love the simplicity of this pattern, and the suggestion of using a special skein of yarn for it is brilliant. I might just have one that would work…(also FREE!)
- Linen Noir is perfect for the thoughts of summer dancing in my head!
- These Kissing Cousin Socks are GENIUS! Really… oh.my.gosh. Genius!
- Isabel Kraemer’s Aileas… perfect timing for this sucky weather!
- Kimono – In theory, I love this…but I think wearing it would be disastrous, at least for klutzy me! Although, this might be perfect for a yarn that you know will pill like mad, because there won’t be many friction points!
- This one is for Carole – something she can knit up with all that gorgeous yarn she spun last weekend!
- Rainbrioche – the name says it all!
- Now, this speaks to the Sheep Rare Breed Lover in me – Coburg Mittens knit from yarn that is 70% German Coburg Fox Sheep with 30% Merino. (You only need one skein…just sayin’) Oh, and in case you have never seen German Coburg Fox Sheep… some sheepy cuteness for you!
- Do you get Taproot Magazine? The Weave Issue has two really cute patterns: Quill and Three French Hens (LOVE!!)
And, lastly – a huge Congratulations to Gudrun Johnston for designing the official 2017 Shetland Wool Week ‘Bousta Beanie’ pattern. You can get a free copy of it here.
That is all I have for this week – stay warm and I will see you back here on Monday!
Good Morning, Gentle Readers!
How is your weekend going? I hope as wonderfully as it has here!
I am not sure what weather in the upper 60’s in February says about Global Warming, but it sure makes for a glorious weekend!
There was an abundance of walking this weekend in an effort to spend as much time as possible outside! Saturday we walked in our “old standby” out at Boyce Mayview Park – clear blue skies and warm sunshine coupled with a cacophony of birds singing and the distant rat-a-tat-tat of woodpeckers made for a wonderful walk!
Sunday we decided to venture outside our usual walking route and headed to Dormont Park where the walk was invigorating (lots of hills in Pittsburgh means a walk can be a good work out!) And, the views from the park were incredible as you can see above! On our way home, we decided to stop in Carnegie at their park and imagine my surprise in finding a Skate Park there! It was busy and we had fun watching the variety of ages all zipping around on bikes and boards.
Hopefully there will be a bit more time to walk today because this weather surely cannot be here for good – can it? (Although we have forecasts of 60’s all week!)
Have a great Monday everyone!