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Popping In…

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HEY!! Where have you been? Ha ha.  After a crazy few weeks, which mostly involved dealing with an eye issue and a weirdo steroid treatment that has mostly fixed the eye issue (I’ll save you the details of the crazy side effects), and in which I did not write any blog posts, I’m finally popping in to give you a list…

1) I’m plugging away on the first pattern of the Shawl Society II series, the Fairyhill Shawl:

2) But in the meantime, the second shawl pattern has been released, Sprite’s Fen Shawl, and I really, really want to start that because it is soooooooo pretty (click on that link, it really is).  But I need to find yarn for it….

3) But I can’t start that one anyway because I’m also doing some commissioned knitting these days.  Here is the Amy shawl by Romi Hill that I am knitting for someone:

It has a garter stitch body, which is finished, and you can see in the upper right part of the picture that I have started the edging, which is knit at a 90 degree angle to the body.  Such a pretty pattern.

4) I’ve taught a few classes and forgot to take pictures (see aforementioned eye issue – I’m using that excuse for everything).

5) In gardening news, we planted the garden.  Really, Paul planted the garden. (See aforementioned eye issue in which for several days I wasn’t really doing anything but I could direct him where to plant things.)

Beans, San Marzano tomatoes, plum tomatoes, butternut squash, zucchini, peppers, eggplant.  In the middle tubs are pickling cucumbers and in the tiny planter, two lavender plants because I love, Love, LOVE the smell of lavender!

6) Did you catch the owl “decoy” up there?  My mother-in-law’s friend has one and says it keeps birds and other critters away.  Paul has been moving it every few days.  We hope it works.

7) I also bought marigolds to plant around the edges as I heard that helps keep some bugs away.

8) Look what came through the yard yesterday:

Sweet momma and baby.

9) And we woke up to this today:

(darn electric pole/wires…)

More craziness coming up in the next couple of weeks as summer gets started, but another post will come as soon as possible!  Do YOU have big summer plans, knitting or otherwise?

 

 

Toad in a Hole

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I’ll explain the title of this post in a bit. But first, I have to tell you that my eldest nephew, Nicholas, went to college this week at Columbia.  I am so excited for him because he going to the college he really wanted to go to and I just can’t believe he is old enough to go to college.  Here is a picture that was texted to me of his room:

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The BLANKET!!  The blanket I knit for him!!  HOORAY!!

Meanwhile, Paul and I took an overnight trip to Vermont.  We try to go every year but haven’t been in a few.

We have our favorite stops to make, including:

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White Cottage Snack Bar for their awesome onion rings (and ice cream).

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King Arthur Flour in Norwich for, well, everything above and not enough.   I love that place and will someday go take one of their classes.

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A cruise by our old house to sneak a peek at how it looks.  It looked pretty good but Paul says the flowering crabapple trees need trimming.  And they have a sort of horrendous looking “garden” in the back.  That huge tree in front has started changing colors.

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We loved our view of the mountains. (those trees are blocking it)

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While checking out our house, we made a stop at Farm-Way which is an excellent farm supply, clothing, outdoor stuff and housewares store.  They have a huge Vera Bradley section and I got a lightweight bathrobe and matching mechanical pencils!  SCORE!

We went to dinner at an English pub and brew house where we had a good beer and I had Toad in a Hole for dinner. What a name right???  That’s why I had to put it as the blog title.  So yummy.  A grown up pig-in-a-blanket:  a sausage, onions, cheese and chutney wrapped in puff pastry.  (I was so into it, I forgot a picture…) Paul had Shepherd’s Pie which he said had too many mashed potatoes and then we heard the waitress telling someone they were out of Shepherd’s Pie so we think he got the end of the batch and they had to make up for it by adding extra potatoes.  But, dessert made up for it:

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Apple crisp for him and tea and biscuits (Lorna Doones) for me.

It was a nice, quick trip away.

Oh, but the knitting!  In the car ride on the way up, I wanted to finish a project I started a long time ago:

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The Blue Jager Cowl from the Baby & Me Knits book by local designer, Celeste Young.  I was cruising along until:

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Ran out of yarn 5 rows from the end.  I had what I thought was all the yarn I bought for the project and couldn’t understand why I would have bought less yardage than it called for.  Luckily when we got home, I found the other ball (whew!) and finished it up:

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When the yarn ran out, I decided to work on this:

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I forget what it is called because I forgot to put it in Ravelry but it is a scarf/wrap thing that I saw at the Cashmere Goat yarn shop in Maine last year (or the year before?) and had to make it.  It is soooooo incredibly soft and I love it.  Since it is just stockinette, I bring it out for long car rides so I don’t have to look while I’m knitting and get car sick.

At the hotel, I worked on my Stormcloud Mitts:

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Here’s the thing with those.  In this picture, it looks pretty good.  In daylight, I don’t like it at all.  The colors just don’t seem to look good to me – it looks much more strikingly striped – and the beads get lost.  I had switched to this yarn because my other yarn…

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(this one) seemed to be too dark and I was having trouble seeing my stitches while working a new-to-me stitch, and it was a little fuzzy/splitty.  But really, it turned out I just didn’t know how to work the pattern.    Now I do, and I think I might switch back. I hate it when I get SO excited about a project and then it doesn’t do what I want it to. It will all work out, I’m sure.  Stay tuned.

In the meantime I’m dying to get back to my Amulet Shawl from the Shawl Society which got put on hold while I worked on class projects:

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Finally for today, a shot of yesterday’s garden harvest:

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That is just ONE day!  We have already had tons of beans and grape tomatoes and zucchini and peppers.  This is the first corn picking and some of them were duds (either picked too soon or they got rotten and we didn’t pick them in time).  Tonight I am freezing tomatoes, zucchini and beans.  It really is so exciting to grow your own food.  Aside from the new setup cost, we spent less than $15 on plants and seeds.  Amazing.

The Olympics (and other stuff)

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One of my favorite times of every four years – the summer Olympics.  Paul and I both love watching them so we are parked in front of the tv by 8pm every night (which actually is no different from any other night).  We only have basic, basic, basic, cable so we actually miss out on things like table tennis and trampoline and I’m pretty sad about that.  But otherwise, we can’t tear ourselves away (except during the zillion commercials).

The other great thing about the Olympics is the knitting challenge that comes along with it.  Pick a project (or projects) that you think would be a challenge to finish between the lighting of the torch and the end of the closing ceremonies.  And thanks to my Aunt Kathy who reminded me to get things in order before the opening ceremonies, I came up with a plan.  I wanted to start and/or finish knitting the three projects I have left for upcoming classes in the fall.

So far, since the Olympics have started, I have started and finished the Tamarugo hat:

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Boy did that one knit up fast.  This class will be Saturday, September 24 at 12:30!

Then, I finished my Silverleaf shawl:

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…which will look much better once it is blocked.  I’ll show it to you then, too.  So, click on the link up there to see what it will really look like. This was a great pattern and I just think it is so pretty.  This class will be Saturdays, September 24 and October 8 at 10:30!

Then, last night I started Miss Winkle:

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So interesting how it is constructed.  And I love, Love, LOVE this color of the Periwinkle Sheep Watercolors II (Elderberry).  I need to get more to make something else.  It’s probably the best purple ever.  And now I have 9 days to finish it.  This class will be Saturday, October 22 at 10:30!

(And for anyone wondering, I’m scheduling another session of the Wheaten wrap for Sunday, September 25 at 11:30am)  Here is a picture of mine:

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The Spinning Room will be re-opening next Tuesday, August 16 but in the meantime, if you are interested in any of these classes, you can send an email to info@spinningroom.net and let them know.

In the meantime (and while knitting), Paul and I took a day trip to Old Forge, NY.  We went to Old Forge Hardware and poked around for a while.  You could spend a lot of time (and cash) in there.  So many things there that you didn’t know you needed!

How about a whole aisle of cookie cutters and cookie jars?

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Or, more choices of butter dishes than you ever knew existed?

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And some yarn!  I think there was a little less than the last time we are there, so I fear it may be dwindling…  But I bought a skein of sock yarn which I forgot to take a picture of.

After that we sat by the lake and ate lunch.  It was a beautiful day (in the shade).

The last thing I will leave you with is a garden update.  Here was the garden at my last post (7/29/16):

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And here it is today:

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Look at the CORN!  We are terribly excited about having homegrown corn.  I did some shake-pollinating (I made that term up) which means I shook the stalks so the little pollen bits come off the top of the stalks and fall all over the leaves and into the nooks and crannies where the corn will come out.  And I also did a little hand-pollinating (I did NOT make that term up) which means taking the bits off by hand and placing them on the silky bits of corn that are popping out.  Beans are growing like crazy and I’ve already frozen a couple batches.  Zucchini is going bananas (is that a mixed metaphor?) and I’m starting to get just tired enough of it to make a zucchini bread later today.

Pretty soon, I’m off to put some entries into the Altamont Fair which starts August 16.  Then on the 20th I’ll be participating in the Spinning Bee there.  Fun times ahead.  I’ll keep you posted.

“Rabbit Proof”

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The garden has absolutely exploded in the past two weeks.

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Here is what it looked like on July 18:

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I can’t see my pepper plants anymore.  Poor planning.  From last night until this afternoon, I watched a zucchini grow an inch and a half.  Crazypants.  I harvested one yellow cherry tomato last night which Paul and I split.  It was yummy.   No other tomatoes ready yet.  But pretty soon, we will have cherry tomatoes, zucchini and beans coming out our ears, then bigger tomatoes and hopefully corn.  And Paul says, “Clearly, we need to expand next year.”

If you’ll recall, I only got two pea plants to come in because “peas are fussy.”  The other day, when Paul came home from work, I was talking to him about my day, yammering on, blah, blah, blah and I realized he did not seem to be listening anymore (with all my very important blah, blah, blah-ing, I have no idea why something might distract him…).  He was staring out the dining room door.  Then he suddenly leapt out the door and into the backyard yelling, “There’s a rabbit in there!” WhaaaaaT?????

Here is what used to be one of my two pea plants:

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All the flowers and the two little tiny growing peas nibbled off by A RABBIT!!!!!  In our FENCED IN garden.  Which has  RABBIT PROOF FENCING.  Rabbit proof, my a$$.  We chased him around with the gate open and him trying to leap through the rabbit proof portion and not getting out, from the inside (oh the irony).  He finally found his way out the gate.  The next evening we saw who we assume was the same rabbit sitting out there looking at the fence and we chased him away.  I could just see the thought bubble over his head, “Hmmm.  Now which part did I jump through….?”

Ok, that rabbit has gotten enough blog time.  On to some knitting….

My Shawl Society Amulet has sadly been put on the back burner and very soon there will be another pattern coming out and I’ll feel woefully behind.  But, I had to move on to knitting projects for fall classes.  While we were at Washington Park seeing Chicago, I started knitting the Sultana Cabled Hat:

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I got this far:

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And now I am ripping it out.  I love the hat and think it is so pretty. This was going to be a cool pattern to teach too, because it has a cable that needs two cable needles. Fun!  BUT.  My hands started hurting when I was knitting it.  Maybe it’s all the knitting I’ve been doing anyway and this put me over the edge but the small circular needle and the cables requiring some tight knitting just made them hurt.  In fact, I had to stop knitting for a few days to let my hands/arms rest.  Horrors!!!  I didn’t know what to do with myself, especially in front of the tv.

So, I think I will do a different hat with a pretty slip-stich pattern instead: Tamarugo

Then, I taught the What Alice Found class last Saturday:

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And showed everyone the pictures of the superhero masks I made for the doodlebugs.  They all agreed that would also make a great class, especially to have before Halloween.  So, I knit the class sample for that:

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Then I started the Frida Baby Cardigan in my new favorite Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Tonals:

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And then I got all excited about finding this Silverleaf pattern and had to start that, too:

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In doodlebug news, we painted al fresco the other day:

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They love that they get to wear Uncle Paul’s old car t-shirts as their smocks.

That was before it got REALLY, REALLY hot and I found this super funny cartoon on Facebook:

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I laughed so hard.

And finally, tomorrow is Deirdre’s last day of running The Spinning Room yarn shop!  We will miss her as an owner but will be lucky enough to still see her at knit-ins.  And I was lucky enough to have her want me to come back and teach classes after I sold the shop to her and I am thankful to her for that.  She was great to work for and did a great job with the shop.  I made her a cake:

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And after a two-week shutdown, The Spinning Room will open again on August 16 with six new owners!

As Promised – Superheroes, The Shawl Society and the garden

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Tons more knitting to show you and talk about….

I made these incredibly cute Masked Superheo and Burglar Hats for the doodlebugs’ birthday coming up:

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There is a cartoon called PJ Masks that they like (kids go out in the middle of the night in their pj’s to do superhero-y things) and their masks look just like this!  They knit up so quick – each one took one night and they are relatively easy.  If you have a kid who loves playing superheroes, make this.  And if you are an adult who like to play with the kids, it comes in adult sizes!  There are several variations and even directions to make a lightning bolt on the side.

Truth be told, while these did take just one night to make, I had a couple of bumps along the way.  I started out making a smaller size and realized  when I was almost done with one of them that it really would be way too small, so I had to start over.  Then, when I finished the second one, thinking I was oh-so-great-I’m-just-going-to-bind-off-I-don’t-need-the-directions, I did this:

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Bound off with the corners facing that way.  Instead of this way:

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Do you know how annoying it is to undo a bind off?  Really annoying.  So, do yourself a favor and read the instructions even though you’ve already made one and think you are a know-it-all.

I think they will love them (fingers crossed).

I also made another dishcloth as a hostess-y gift to a breakfast we went to:

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This is the Basic Diamonds pattern from a Leisure Arts booklet of dishcloths.  that one was quick too – two nights.   I gave it with some lemon verbena kitchen hand soap.  I never knew how many people loved to wash dishes with these.  It’s a thing apparently.  Me? I do everything I can NOT to wash dishes so I get VERY creative with filling the dishwasher.

Then there is The Shawl Society.  It is basically a 6-month subscription to patterns designed by Helen Stewart of the Curious Handmade podcast. I “joined” this a few months ago and then waited and waited until June to get the first pattern.  One pattern comes out each month through November and you have no idea what they patterns will be like until you open your email each month.  You join with the intent to get all 6 patterns and you can join at any time to get all the patterns to-date.  After the 6 months is over, they will be for sale individually.   I really like her patterns so I was willing to take the chance of not knowing what they will look like!  The first one I showed you in the last post, Talisman:

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The second one came out in early July and is called the Amulet.  I’ve gotten through the body and will start the lace section soon:

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Something fun and different to do with your knitting.

But the predictable thing has happened.  Now, I have a whole bunch of knitting I need to do to get ready for classes in the fall but all I want to do is knit the Amulet because I know another new pattern will be coming out in a couple of weeks and I’ll be dying to start THAT one.  Ugh – the things knitters have to deal with.  Seriously.

Here are some patterns I am looking at to offer as classes in the fall:

Frida Baby Cardigan: A cute cardi with some cable details.

Sultana Cabled Hat: A cool hat with a pom pom and a cable that uses TWO cable needles – something new and different to learn.

Miss Winkle: An asymmetrical shawl/scarf by one of my favorite designers, Martina Behm.

In non-knitting news, Paul and I spent a year at the Brimfield Antiques show last Friday.  Actually, it was 3 1/2 hours but it felt like a year because it. was. so. hot.  We went very early but it got hot really quickly.  We tried to walk through quickly, trying to spot things we wanted.  A pedal car and/or step stools for Paul to re-do. (I’m totally blanking on the correct work for what he would do to those.  “Re-do” is all I can think of.  You get what I mean.)  And I was looking for square blue Fire King dishes and purple bottles (my newest collecting obsession).  We had some luck this time. Paul found a pedal tractor:

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(and an old window to turn into a picture frame).  And I found two more purple bottles:

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(the two on the right).  Then I got a quart (yes, a quart) of Del’s frozen lemonade to drink on the way back to the truck.

We also hopped downtown last Tuesday to see the Altamont Free Library-sponsored concert in the park.  Rusticator played and we had a nice evening having a picnic dinner and listening to music.

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(Yes, that drummer’s bass is a Samsonite suitcase.  His whole set fits in there somehow, I think.)

In gardening news:

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It was looking incredibly sad a month ago when we returned from vacation.  Then I realized I had never fortified the soil we put in there with anything to help it grow.  So we diligently gave it Miracle-Gro for a few weeks and now it’s doing great!  I’m frustrated with the zucchini since the blossoms keep falling off with no fruit growing.  The Internets say that this means they are male blossoms and they will be pollenating the female somethings eventually and there will be fruit someday.  Supposedly.  And I only have two and a half pea plants out of the whole two rows I planted.  My dad says, “Peas are fussy.”  We set aside a whole half a planter for three rows of corn which the Internets also tell me I will have to hand-pollenate when the time comes.  Should be interesting.

One last thing:  Inquiring minds (my mom’s) want to know why there were no ice cream pictures from our vacation.  Were you wondering the same thing?  Well, I’ll tell you why.  It’s because Maine has TERRIBLE soft ice cream.  We tried three and a half times to get soft ice cream.  Three of the times it was just not good – too soft, too icy-y, not creamy.  The third time we tried to go to a place we were sure we had had good ice cream before and it was closed due to a family emergency.  I did have the absolute best Gifford’s brand hard ice cream in the flavor Campfire S’mores and will spend much of the rest of my summer trying to find it somewhere around here.  It was so. good.  So good that I ate it too fast to take a picture of it.  THAT’s why there were no ice cream pictures.

The Garden – Finally! And a knitted thing. And a goodie.

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We’ve been working on the garden, trying to improve it and make it easier to be a garden.  It has taken us a while but finally we have our garden in!

We used to just have an 8×8 square of dirt with a fence around it and I would have to walk in and amongst the veggies to weed and pick.  But now we have two 4×8 beds with a border around them for me to walk and a fence around the whole thing:

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It’s so great!  I can’t wait for all my veggies to grow.

Also, it’s been so cold we didn’t know if our peonies were ever going to bloom (our forsythia bush didn’t, and our flowering crabapple trees didn’t and our rhododendrons didn’t).  They looked like this for ages:

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But this week they finally bloomed!

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In knitting news, I finished my What Alice Found cowl:

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I love it!  I especially love the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Tonals yarn.  It is a dream to work with.  This will be a class on July 23 at The Spinning Room if you are local and would like to participate!

And now it’s on to working on my not-terribly-secret-but-sort-of-secret project for my college bound nephew…

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In baking news, my friend Deirdre, owner of The Spinning Room, gave me some rhubarb from her garden!  So I made this Rhubarb Snacking Cake from Smitten Kitchen:

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Excellent!  Make it.

Also, did you know that there is a magazine out there for everyone?

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“Chickens” !!

Fair News (!) …. and some other stuff

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My Wheaten Wrap won the Reserve Champion ribbon at the fair!

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Wow, what a surprise that was – I’m very proud of it.  I loved this pattern, which is by Anne Hanson and knit with her yarn, Barenaked Wools Kent DK.  There is a Wheaten hat and fingerless mitts that I would love to make so they will all match.

I also came in fifth (out of six) in the Spinning Bee!  I’m just as proud of that.  I’m not a terrifically fast spinner (obviously) but it’s fun to have a little competition.  That day, though, it was so incredibly hot and humid, which made it difficult to handle the wool but also to sit there and be dripping with sweat.  I am absolutely NOT saying that is why I came in fifth.  I can guarantee I would have come in fifth anyway.  Here is a video that Paul took of the last minute (out of 30 minutes) and in case you can’t tell (not sure about the quality of the video) I’m the one in the blue shorts and baseball hat:

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Next to me is my spinning nemesis friend Lisa who is clearly much faster (how does she DO that????) and she same in second!

There was the usual fair eats too.  Ribbon chips, apple cider donuts, fried mushrooms, burrito, pretzels, and on the really hot/humid day we had slushies with a half-price refill.  VERY refreshing. (I think I swore I would never list the amount of food we ate again.  But I just did.  I think a previous year’s list was slightly more embarrassing.)

We saw the Belgian draft horses:

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I just can’t get over their size.

And a cute baby cow:

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This year the fair had a country store for local crafters and I put some of my knitted shawls up for sale:

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(They didn’t sell, but that’s ok.)

Other News:

The Doodlebugs did some painting with their birthday present from Aunt Liz and Uncle Paul:

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You may notice the abandoned chair.  These paints, which are a Crayola product, and are for CHILDREN, smelled ridiculously horrible.  Mr. Doodlebug couldn’t stand it.  I didn’t blame him.  We decided to only open one color at a time, and he came back for a second try, but it was still pretty awful.  Miss Ladybug hung in there and had fun.  She really, Really, REALLY wanted to paint.

We got ice cream:

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The dinner plate dahlia’s started blooming:

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And then the gladioli:

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We went to the Park Playhouse and saw Pajama Game:

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While we waited for it to start, I worked on a commissioned project, a sweater called Vitamin D, with the super-lovely-to-knit-with yarn, madelinetosh dk.

We also had our first pick-your-own day at our CSA farm:

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We are starting to get a little overrun with veggies so I’m figuring out what to cook and what to freeze and what to can.

I canned some pickles:

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That’s the news.  Hopefully, there will be more knitting to show you in the next post.  This blog, after all, is called Lizy Tish Knits.

The Groundhog’s Day

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We have had a groundhog living in our yard for a few years.  He used to live in a hole, waaaaaay across the pond at the edge of the woods, pretty far from the house:

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We would see him over there nibbling on clover, occasionally standing up on his hind legs to look around.  Really cute, actually.  To me.  To Paul, not cute; a nuisance.

This year, much to Paul’s dismay, the groundhog packed up and moved residence to our shed:

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More accurately, under our shed.  Much closer to the house, and my garden.  Still cute, eating clover, standing up on hind legs to look around.  But now, really more of a nuisance as we have no idea what’s happening under the shed and what he has done to the foundation of the shed.

Front door:

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Back door:

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So, the nuisance factor has increased and there was talk of a bb gun  (which, I have since been informed, will bounce right off a groundhog) or a trap.

Then, Paul saw this:

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Do you know how hard it is to get a picture through a screen door when you are in a hurry?  It is a bobcat.  Very excited and interested, prowling around the shed, sticking it’s head into the front door of the groundhog’s new home.  Then he went away.  The groundhog came out and did his usual cute eating of the clover and standing up on hind legs to look around.  But, then there was me, talking out the window to him, telling him to stick close to home or else something would eat him.

We haven’t seen the groundhog in days.  I know. I feel bad, too.

But hey!  Look over there!  There’s more knitting!

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I started the Swallowtail Lace Shawl (free pattern!), in the hopes of teaching a more advanced lace knitting class.  What you are looking at is the pinned-out piece I have started, and it is the top middle of the shawl (what would lay at the back of your neck).  There is a pretty lily-of-the-valley border, which includes knitting nupps.  Nupps, in the past, have been my nemesis.  So, stay tuned for that.

Then, I got totally distracted by Fractal Danger a new pattern by Martina Behm, whom I love.  I’ve made several of her patterns….

Brickless:

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Lintilla:

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Hitchhiker:

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and Heaven and Space:

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And now there is a new one, which I might have to start pretty soon.  Even though I have three other shawls started.  And I need to start the mittens if they are going to be done in time to submit to the fair.

Ok, did I distract you from thinking about the groundhog and his fate?

No? Here is something else then. I’ve got a pepper:

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And a tomato:

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If that doesn’t do it, I don’t know what will.

Spinning and Yarn and such

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I finished spinning one batch of roving:

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(this yarn is brown in real life. not gray.) 100% wool from the local Sleighbell Farm.  I have not measure the WPI (wraps per inch) but it is 107grams (3 3/4 ounces) and approximately 240 yards so I think it is probably a light worsted weight.

And then I resumed spinning the next batch:

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This one is a wool/silk blend by Fiber Optic Yarns that I got at Rhinebeck last year (I think).

What they say is true:  Practice makes perfect.  These are not perfect.   Way, way far from it. But, my spinning is much better now that I’ve been spinning somewhat more regularly.   It is becoming thinner and much more consistent.  No big blobs and skinny bits right near each other.  These are the yarns that I will be entering in the fair competitions.

So there was that.

Then there was the starting of this, for a cutie patootie:

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A Tiny Tea Leaves cardigan.

Then there was the progress in my garden:

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And the lesson from my friend, Yvette, that this means broccoli is a little past the harvest time:

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If you can’t see them, there are yellow flowers in there and the head of broccoli is spreading out.  I picked it anyway and on Yvette’s suggestion, left the rest of the plant since it may grow some more little offshoots to pick.  I also got some garlic scapes from Yvette to try since I’ve never cooked them before.  Thanks for everything Yvette!

Then there was this:

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Bubble mowers are a never-ending source of fun!

 

Just Seconds

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I had been going along nicely on my Maluka shawl.  In fact, going along so nicely that I bound off yesterday.  It looked like this:

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….which, you may not be able to tell, but that is pretty small.  The border is very stretchy but the inside and top are not, and therefore it is not very wide at all.  I read many, many, many Ravelry comments (there are over 1400 projects on Ravelry for this shawl) and many of the many said that it was small so they did a modification with wraps and turns, rather than the ssk/p2tog thing that was in the pattern, to make the shawl wider.  But, I don’t love doing wraps and turns and picking up the wraps, and couldn’t understand why the pattern instructions would make it small, and since I put three more repeats on the border, mine certainly would come out ok, right? So I knit by the patterns instructions.  Wrong.  So….. click down there:

Ripping Out

It took mere seconds.  Seriously, less than a minute, to unwind a few hours of knitting.  I’d like to think I simply “took one for the team” as a way of verifying for the students in my class for this shawl, that the pattern instructions are not ideal and the many, many, many Ravelry comments I chose to ignore were, in fact, right and it might be a good idea to give them a little more credit next time.

I am now back to here:

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…ready and totally excited to do some wraps and turns.  Stay tuned for the second, and final, result.  Ok, and by the way?  Isn’t that a totally ingenious way of ripping out and getting a nice, neat ball of yarn to re-knit from?

Meanwhile, back at the yarn shop, I finished teaching the Pieces of Eight Mitts class, which had to be cancelled because of the tornado weather around here last week.  Here are the almost-done mitts from the students in class:

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And my finished pair:

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So cool.  But if I knit these again, I would use a striping yarn with long colorways to get a more dramatic looking figure 8.

Around the house, this is happening:

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Digging up cement foundation pieces and hiding them in the woods waaaaaaaay in the back of our property somewhere.

And this:

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…minus the broccoli which is still in the box with the flowers that are waiting to be planted because, for some reason, I mistook green things with no flowers to be flowers.  Currently, there are regular tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and onions.

And this red-winged black bird who is wreaking havoc, chasing all the other birds around:

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And this frog that was sitting there:

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And this turtle digging a hole right there in the middle of the yard and we’re wondering if it will lay eggs:

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Coming up…. I’m excited about a day-long knitting class that I’m teaching which includes lunch that I am making this Sunday.  2 socks in 1:

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…. so stay tuned for all the details!