Monday, July 07, 2003  


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There are more photos here.

So much of Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon were spent finishing the knitting on Dalmore, and cutting some steeks. I finished the neckband, and started picking up stitches on one of the armholes before I got a little tired of it and switched to swatches for the Aran, which is now the "on-deck" project! I have several more swatches to do, and then some laundry and measuring to see what happens to the cotton... then some hard decisions about which cables to include! Hopefully in another couple of weeks I'll have the basic pattern figured out. I'll also have to give Dalmore a good solid blocking- I'm thinking some heavy steam and a good pinning to the blocking board. And perhaps a good pressing. But first, I have to finish the 2 armholes, and get some steeks trimmed and tacked down.

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend (well, holiday for us Americans!) I had a fantastic weekend... Friday was spent downtown at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. I really enjoyed the Scottish knitting display... really nice demonstrators... especially considering that they were trying to knit with wool in temperatures in the mid-90's, with high humidity! You can read more about the demonstrations here! Then, after a bit of relaxing on the mall, the fireworks- spectacular as usual. As much as I might grumble about the heat and humidity here in the summer, I think the fourth of july on the national mall makes it all worthwhile. Of course, I suppose I could move somewhere without the heat and humidity, and visit for the fourth, but that seems like cheating! ;)

To recover from all the heat on Friday, and to beat the even hotter temps on Saturday, I spent the day at the pool. :) Of course, being VERY pale, even spf 30 didn't keep me from getting a little too much sun... lots of lotion and finger-crossing to hope I don't peel! Ah, the joys of summer.

I also did some laundry- here is Cricket helping me make the bed:


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