Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wednesday Yarn Along

From Ginny: Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

Linking up with Small Things..


It's done! I am so excited that I finished my sweater this week. I was getting nervous since this is the first time I ever knitted a sweater for myself and adjusted a pattern to make it fit. I am so pleased with the results. I knew I wouldn't have enough yarn to do the big collar the pattern called for, especially after knitting the sleeves a bit longer, but I'm happy with the simple collar I went with. With the little bit of yarn I have left, I knitted a small pocket and stitched it on the left side this morning. So, so excited!

The only thing I need now are buttons or toggles. I have a few bee themed buttons in my stash, but I really want to stick with the toggles that was suggested for this pattern. I am hoping this weekend if I get the chance to visit a yarn shop in NY, I can find toggles that meet my needs.

Last week I finished the second book in the Blossom Street series, A Good Yarn, and was not disappointed! I love the characters in these books and am looking forward to continuing through the series.

Over the weekend I picked up a copy of Letters from Skye. B&N recommended it as a pre-release book to me and I was intrigued with the mention of WWI and WWII. So far I am enjoying it, and the easy correspondence between the two main characters.

I think my next task will be rolling the yarn for my road trip project into balls and possibly ripping out the old shawl to start the new shawl next week.

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

xoxo

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wednesday Yarn Along

From Ginny: Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

Linking up with Small Things..





I stopped reading Gone Girl two weeks ago. I honestly can say that every time I picked it up to read it left me feeling angry. Better not to continue on that moody path for now. I think part of me was looking for a light, cheerful read at the time and that book is definitely not it. I'll probably finish it later this year, but for now there are many aspects of the storyline and the writing style, that just irks me.

Instead, after much advice from Mom, I picked up the first book Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street series. Much better! This was exactly what I was looking for. I finished The Shop on Blossom Street last week and started A Good Yarn Monday night. I think that summer reading calls for light, enjoyable reading.

I'm on the last skeins of yarn for the sleeves for the sweater now. I was hoping to get a lot of car knitting done on Sunday, but I did four rows and put it up for the rest of our trip. I have other things I want to be working on and these sleeves seem to be dragging on. I decided the circular shawl I knit for Jody just does not meet my expectations. I wanted a bigger shawl, and even though I did make it larger than the pattern originally called for, it just is not what I wanted. I've been pulling it and guessing the size it might reach with blocking, but I think I am going to pull it all out and knit a new shawl for her instead. 

So that is where I stand right now. Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

xoxo

Gone, Again


Steve and I drove to Somerset, PA on Sunday (the halfway point between us and Delaware) to drop Chase off with my parents for the next two weeks. Chase has been home for all of two weeks since being at camp and he is off on another adventure. We'll be driving to upstate New York to pick him up when my extended family meets at the end of the month for a disbursement of Gram's ashes (she passed away two years ago and her body was donated to science -- my aunt received her ashes back from the medical school a few months ago). It seems like he is coming and going all summer (when he gets back, he'll have less than a week before he goes on a canoeing camping trip with his Scout troop). Home long enough to wash out his things, then off again to another part of the country.
 
 
 
 
My mind is confused this summer with real time. While I know that it is only the middle of July, I'm riddled with the fact that it is the middle of July and summer is going by fast.
 
My garden is behind other gardens. We have lots of little tomatoes, some lettuce, and I spotted a few snow peas this morning. I look at the healthy eggplant, the radishes, and carrots and wonder why they're not growing like other gardens. But then I have to remind myself that we had frost until the last week in May and my garden didn't get planted until the first weekend in June. I also decided to throw caution to the wind and didn't start anything indoors (after Jessie ate all the seedlings the year before, I don't trust her) so they're taking their time. My goal right now is to water when we don't have rain, weed when I can. I never clear out the garden at the end of fall, so whatever is there when it snows, will be there (plus I seem to grow a lot of cauliflower and brussel sprouts when there is snow -- no idea how I manage that!). In real time this is fine. Gardens can't be rushed, nor should they be.
 
The bees are looking fantastic. We're having a hard time keeping our hands off from them and are spending a lot of time observing them. I update my dad daily on the color of the pollen I see coming in and Chase likes to guess where they may be collecting it from. Before Chase left he insisted we do a hive check (it had been three weeks since Daisy's home became a two-story) so we could see how they were doing (plus Chase is obsessed with their health). Daisy and her girls have been working extremely hard! Two of the frames we pulled had capped honey on them. To stand there and be able to smell the honey is amazing. Two of my friends came over to watch our hive check and were rather impressed with how gentle our bees are. I'm pleased to report that our mite board was clear of pests, and no other issues were observed (save for a few earwigs hiding under the lid -- those pests!). I know that soon we'll start having to think toward fall and winter for them, but for now, it's okay to just sit back and watch and listen.
 
(Courtesy SarahRaven Photography)
 
 I think the hardest part with dealing with real time is work related. We're working on getting students registered for fall classes. We've been doing this since April. The push is on this week to get students in for an express registration day where they can get everything turned in and completed with the goal being able to register for classes by the time they leave. It's going to be a hectic day and I am glad I was not scheduled to work it! It's hard to focus on one day at a time, one month at a time, when we are thinking three months ahead of time, all the time.
 
 I thought that this summer was going to be the summer of relaxing, but it seems to be the summer of doing, and going. Oh well. Perhaps there will be a slow down in the fall? ;-)

xoxo

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wednesday Yarn Along

From Ginny: Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

Linking up with Small Things..


I picked up a copy of Gone Girl last week and am crawling my way through it. Around the same time I picked up the book, I picked up that pesky upper respiratory infection that seems to be making the rounds everywhere as of late. Every time I went to read and rest, I ended up resting more than reading! I kind of have a sneaky feeling on how this story is going to go, so I look forward to seeing if I am right or not.

In sweater news I am pleased to say the back is done. The left and right front panels are done. I am now knitting both sleeves concurrently and am slowly trucking along. I was reviewing the pattern over the weekend and am not sure how the sweater will end. I don't like the fact the sleeves are 15 inches before the cap shoulder part so I am going to make them a suitable length for me. This may cut in to how much yarn I have available for the collar. But hey.. I am fantastic with improv!