I was having a bit of a dry spell with my knitting. I was still knitting, but not really doing so in an inspired and intentional manner. But I'm having a grand ole time now! I have three projects on my needles, which is not normal for me. I tend to knit one project at a time, or maybe have one intricate project for when it's quiet and I'm alone, and then a simple project that can be done during a movie, while watching kids, at the Farmer's Market, in the car…I knit whenever and wherever I can!
In addition to the 3 projects I'm working on, I have 2 in the balance with yarn purchased, patterns printed, and ready to go!
A shawl. I really love shawls. They are so old fashioned and romantic, to me. I have one that is very basic, simple, deep green, done in garter stitch. It's very practical because you can tie it around yourself, to get the ends out of the way if you have to get something done, and need both hands…as this is when shawls become bothersome, and easily fall off. While browsing Ravelry, trying to find a project that needed one skein of Cascade Eco Wool, I came across a very cool lace shawl. The original pattern has it knit in fingering weight yarn, and it makes more of a shawlette. But done in the eco wool it goes from dainty to practical! I love the blue yarn, and the weight of the eco wool is nice, plus very cozy!
Mini is getting another sweater. I considered the Tiny Tea Leaves, but was sold when Jennifer was knitting one for her little girl during the knitting night I go to once a month. When asked what color she wanted, Mini promptly replied "YELLOW!". This is what color she proclaims EVERYTIME I ask her what color she wants. I found this really pretty soft yellow that has hints of green and peach. She approves. This is my simple knit that travels well. I have about 1-2" left on the body, then the 3/4 arms, and the button bands. If I worked on it exclusively it would be done in a couple days, but it will not be done that quickly, because I'm working on another project.
Elvira, is the pattern, and it's for The Baby. I love the yarn, it's Claudia Knits, and was a new colorway that my LYS just got in. The owner grabbed a couple for herself, and I cleaned the shelf of the remaining 4. Perfect! It's such a sweet little dress/tunic/top, depending on how long you make it, or how tall the little one grows. I love making clothes that will last a couple years. It's so satisfying! As far as the pattern, I have a small list, that is growing, of garments I want to sew from this designer's patterns. I love her style!
Now that you're caught up on the knitting, I'll let you know what I did today…
The rabbit housing needed the roofing. I've been procrastinating because I needed to change the blade for the skill saw to a metal cutting blade, and actually cut metal! I wasn't sure how that was going to go, so I was putting it off. It went surprisingly well. The blade changed out easily, and cut well. I'm so proud of myself for thinking to buy two blades. Metal blades get worn down very quickly, and I'm so glad that I had the second one to finish the last half of the last piece. Yes, one blade did 4 1/2 of the 5 pieces I needed to cut in half! grrr. But I had blade two so all was well.
After getting the pieces cut, the first side up, and one support brace for the second side, I noticed the mama duck and ALL her little ones went in the house. I did notice this, but didn't think much of it. I should have, however. Less than 3 minutes later the sky opened up and dumped water on me. I guess you could call it rain, but seriously, I don't know that there were any drops, just a big gush of water. I scrambled to put a tarp (muddy, yucky tarp) on the roof to cover the exposed rabbits! The tarp slowed the water down, but it had holes in it so it couldn't be the only solution…
With cordless screw gun in hand I went about trying to secure the remaining support braces, and slide the cut metal roofing sheets between the braces and the muddy, yucky, wet, tarp with holes in it. The tarp kept catching the metal, slowing me down at every turn. I wondered why I couldn't catch a single break! Finally all the metal was up, held in place with one screw per sheet so it wouldn't fall off, tarp over the entire thing so that the rain wouldn't leak into all the holes that still need screws in the roofing. In I go, dragging the power tools with me, all the while trying to judge just how far off that thunder could be…
I get into the garage, turn around, and out the door I see sunshine! What?!? It was sprinkling still, with sun peeking through clouds. I won't even go into my thoughts on all that!
Soaked to the undies, I went in, showered, and gathered what I needed to go to the Farmer's Market. I went to Northwood this time. I really wanted to check that one out, as they've been doing a great job advertising, it's right around the corner from me and I knew they'd have strawberries! It's a great little market.
Warren Farm did have the Strawberries I wanted! Healthy Home Harvest had a couple 6 packs of Broccoli, that I'll be adding to my badly eaten plants that are still doing their best to grow. And Summer Squash at another farm! Yes, Summer Squash. I had Summer Squash for dinner on the 3rd of June. It was so good, it actually made me pause for a minute when the first bite when in my mouth. I wish I remembered the name of the farm. Also, on my dinner plate, Cucumbers from Nippo Brook Farm, Asparagus from Warren Farm, Moose Steak from my friend Virginia. Her Husband got one of the lottery Moose Licenses in Maine last year, so we traded chicken for Moose. It was delicious. I used a marinade of Grape seed oil, soy sauce, pepper, salt and wine. It was broiled in my oven, and was cooked perfectly! A couple strawberries eaten fresh and raw at the end…mmmm!
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