Wilma, aka Girly Girl, always amuses me. She amuses our guests to no end. She makes other worldly sounds of all kinds. She does things that are very un-girly like. But some things she does are simply adorable. Like this for example:
Wilma has been sleeping with this little stuffed penguin for weeks now. She hugs it. She gently moves it from place to place. I think it's her surrogate child. I think I should call it Pebbles.
Don't you hate it when something so cliche rings true to your ears? I can hear my mother's generation warning how time flies quickly the older you get. Of course, when I was a child, I tried to make sense of that. It seemed true: first and second grade seemed to last forever; but by middle school (which we called junior high back in the day) the weeks, months and years seemed to fly by. Now, time flies by so quickly I wish I could press the pause button just to enjoy every minute of it. Instead, I use my blog and my digital camera to capture as much of it as possible in real time. That's what's been happening this summer: so much going on; so much excitement; so little to blog about. It's only the middle of July and I've already been to summer camp; hosted three sets of guests at the house; prepared for another big adventure; raised money for summer camp funds; had some wonderful dinners in the city; enjoyed not one, but two amazing concerts (Huey Lewis and the News and Sting's amazing Symphonicity). It's hard to believe that all this has happened and summer isn't even half over!
So I guess what I'm trying to say to you is that if you don't hear that much from me this summer, don't worry. Please know that I'm having a wonderful time and am simply too busy to keep up with everything.
I've been quiet and very busy lately - so not a lot of posting. I think that might be the status quo this summer so I can focus on the summer fun and less on wool and work. But today, with relatively little stress on my part, I bring you a post about knitting, specifically about my local yarn store - Westport Yarns.
I'm so thrilled to have revisited the Tullich Faery Ring sweater. The cables on the back bodice have knitted up rather quickly and I've managed to finish the entire back. Now I just have 1 1/8 of the front cable bodices to finish before I join the shoulders and begin the sleeves.
With this much knitting, you can only imagine the number of wonderful videos I've been watching this week. Of course, my favorite is the classic "Sleepless in Seattle". Sigh.
BF and I went to a dinner in the City - at Il Cantinori (of Sex In The City fame) - and while I was motivated to continue knitting the massive woolly mammoth aka The Tullich Faery Ring ("TLF"), I realized that it was not the most appropriate project to schlep around in 94 degree temps while traipsing into the city. So instead I grabbed the more portable socks that are currently on the needles and made some minor progress.
I've just barely started the heel flap on the right sock. This is my back burner project. It just quietly sits in the background getting a little attention here and there when nothing else speaks to me. I've already put it away again and picked up the TLF so don't hold your breath to see these completed any time soon.
It's a heat wave in the Northeast and temperatures reached the triple digits. My car thermostat read 104 degrees after lunch yesterday. That's hardly the kind of temperature to induce knitting, but I needed to get an oil change, so I grabbed a knitting bag and away I went.
In temps like that, what would you take? Something small, right? Not me. No sirree. I picked one of the biggest, hottest, heaviest UFOs in my stash. Fortunately for me, the service station's air conditioning was working A-OK.
Here's where I was the last time we visited the Tullich Faery Ring
At the service station yesterday, I picked up the left front and continued knitting before I realized I had made a mistake about 3 inches down in the cable knitting pattern. Can you see where there is a missing cable on the outside of the large cable pattern? Fortunately this was on the small front section and not the back. I was not discouraged. I ripped out. Put the front on a holding needle and decided to work on the back of the bodice.
Here I am after several hours of knitting. I'm quite pleased with four inches of progress on the back. After checking, double-checking and checking again, I'm confident there are no mistakes with the cable pattern this time.
There you have it. Who would have thought something this large would make good heat wave knitting?
I didn't get to see the latest Twilight movie since I was at camp. Somehow it didn't seem right to abandon my post and 13 young men for a night out with my favorite vampires. But Franklin did justice to the combination of Twi-hard meets Knitter in his June 30th post. If you haven't seen it yet, click HERE.