Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Summer preview

More weather

For those of you don't live here, I should explain that anything over 80 is considered dangerously hot in Seattle, even for mid-summer. For May, this is crazy weather. At some point yesterday afternoon, I went downstairs to the main floor of our house and was greeted with this scene of incredible sloth:

(Look carefully - Stella is on the couch with Trent.) I did what any self-respecting person would do. I stole a pillow from Trent and stretched out on the floor to read a book.

When I walked the girls yesterday evening, our little local park and playground was full of flowers,

people and their picnics, and the pick-up soccer game that usually happens on summer evenings. Stella was extremely interested in the game. I think she'd make a good defensive player, but the sharp teeth are a little hard on soccer balls (we know this from experience).

The trash can and its lid are serving as the goal. It's a very informal game.


I've finished knitting the body of the Crofter's vest. One of the feral knitters, Janine, recommended crocheting up both sides of the steek. The instructions call for machine stitching. I know from my swatch that it won't disintegrate if I just cut it open. I think I'm going to go with the middle option, however, and machine stitch, even though that means that I'll need to persuade my dear, sweet husband to move the recording equipment off my sewing desk so that I can get out the machine.

I've sworn that I won't start my next big probject (socks don't count) until I've completely finished this one. That, of course, isn't stopping me from contemplating what the next project will be. Currently available in the stash, I have:

a) Crystal Palace Kid Merino (in red, of course) to make the Wool Peddler's Shawl from Folk Shawls.
b) Fancy hand-dyed yarn I bought, oh, 3 years ago to make the Cottonwood Vest from Folk Vests. I love this pattern, even 3 years later. I'm not at all sure the yarn I bought will work out gauge-wise for the pattern. (Naturally, I didn't buy the yarn it calls for. That's for wimps.)
c) Harris Tweed Shetland 4-ply to make the Schoolhouse Shetland Pullover from America Knits. This would be for Trent.

I'm leaning toward the shawl, on the grounds that I still have the Norsk Strikkedesign sweater going, and so it might be nice to have a major project that does NOT involve stranding multiple colors going.


Anonymous Lorims said...

I vote for the shawl. It's not too hard, and it's a relatively quick knit, so you'll be able to start another major project in no time. (I wear mine all the time and it's one of the first ones I made)

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Dipsy D. said...

Yep, I agree, I'd also vote for the shawl!
I love that pic of the scene in your living room, how very relaxed it seems, and you sure did the only and only thing possible to do when greeted by such a scene!
Stella seems to be a true soccer fan, the way she has her ears in alert is such a true sign how much she'd love to play along... and munch on the ball :)

9:06 PM  

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