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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:


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


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:


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:


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:


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:


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


(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.


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

In gardening news:


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.


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Well.  Apparently I took a blog-cation.  I didn’t mean to, exactly.  My last post was just a day before we went on a regular vacation (which I don’t blog about ahead of time in case there are some weirdos out there on the Internets who keep track of that, then break into my house while I’m gone).  Then, while I was gone, one of the court reporters I proofread for held all the work she would have given me and then gave it all to me when I got back.  I’m looking at it as a compliment that she did not want to ask any other proofreader to do it because she likes my work so much (??), and I’m trying not to complain that it’s not worth it to go on vacation if I have to do twice the work when I get back, because she is really nice and I’m glad she sends me ALL her work.  But, that meant I was super busy when I got back.  For a long time.  And then it was the July 4th holiday weekend and we were busy doing that type of stuff.  More on that later.  THEN, the same reporter asked me to do a super duper rush job the following weekend, PLUS I had a knitting class to get ready for and teach.  So there.  That’s my excuse for the blog-cation.  And now I’m back.  Here’s what you missed:

We went on vacation!  We went to Maine and saw all kinds of beautiful views:

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We did a little hiking and one day it was a little bit spur-of-the-moment and I ended up bringing my purse:


I did however have appropriate footwear and attire.  I felt really silly carrying my outlet-Coach purse on a hike……until I saw a woman who not only had a purse, but she had high-heeled fancypants boots and a nice “outfit” on.  She looked pretty uncomfortable.  I have no idea how she walked across the very rocky can-only-get-across-it-at-low-tide sand to get to the trail.

But we had another nice view on that hike:


We also went to Acadia National Park, to the Jordan Pond House restaurant and had their WONDERFUL popovers (with butter and strawberry jam).  And I had their yummy tea.


While on vacation I knit.  A lot.  But not until after I bought an obnoxious amount of yarn from two yarn shops on the way up.  I’m blaming the “obnoxious” part on Paul because he was such an enabler (I just love him SO much for that.  It’s his best quality.).  I must say, though, that I’ve been knitting with that yarn like crazy.  At our cottage I started and finished  the Shawl Society’s first shawl Talisman:

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It’s hard to see but there is a pretty little star pattern in the body.  Love the pattern!  I might knit it again someday. (Especially because I gave this one away as a birthday present to my friend Chrissy – she’s worth it.)  I think it might make a good class.

Then, while still on vacation I started and almost finished the Campside Shawl:

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… which I finished shortly after we got home.  Love that one too. (These pictures could be better…)

And while driving up to and back from Maine, I worked on my nephew’s not-really-a-surprise blanket for him to take to college.  After we got back, on July 4th weekend, my sister had a little party for him and it still wasn’t finished (so close, though!) so I gave it to him while it was still on the needles, then took it back and finished it the next day (it was THAT close) and sent it right back to him!  He liked it!:


Look out Columbia!

The knitting class I taught was for the Lotno Shawl.  Here is the one I made and showed you previously:


And everyone in class got a great start:


If you are interested in taking this class, send me an email through the blog (liz at lizytishknits dot com) or post in the comments.  I’m pulling together my fall teaching schedule and can schedule this again.  It’s a fun, easy knit.

BY THE WAY…. The Spinning Room has been sold to a wonderful group of ladies who will take over on August 1!  So exciting! (However they are taking two weeks to get organized so the shop will be closed August 1-15)

When I was at my friend Chrissy’s, giving her the shawl, we saw this in her backyard:

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OWLS!!  I just love owls.  I can’t tell you how badly I have wanted to see the owl that has been hooting around our yard for a few years.  There were about four of them and a couple were smaller so we thought maybe it was learning-to-fly day.  They were flying up and down from the trees.  But the greatest thing was that they were taking a bath in her sprinkler!  Spreading their wings out and waiting for the spray to come around and rain on them, then ruffling their feathers and rubbing their faces in the wet grass.  It was so amazing to watch – we watched and watched and watched.  And then were late to the kids’ tennis practice.  It was worth it.

Ok that’s it for now.  Lots more knitting to tell you about involving superheroes and dishes and The Shawl Society and classes. And I need to show you my garden!