Saturday, July 30, 2005  

I'm Not Ready For August

August is the month when classes start up again... and this very well may be the last "summer vacation" I get, so I'm extra-sad to see it coming to an end. But at least I can console myself with all the sweaters I (hopefully) will have ready for fall! The latest in the "almost finished" category is Brownie, a.k.a. "the teddy bear sweater" -

All the pieces are knit, and the collar is done. Next step is the i-cord facings for the zipper, and then seaming the sleeves. She'll need a good block - the collar wants to curl a bit in the back... and then she'll be ready for a zipper. And then there'll be no putting off Mariah... and then all 3 zipper-needing sweaters will be ready for a trip to the fabric store. :)

But I've had to cast on for a pair of socks - from last winter's interweave (I think...) - yarn from stash. These were originally going to be for my sister-in-law, but the yarn is a bit on the thin side, so the socks are coming out correspondingly smaller than I intended, and I'm not sure if they'll fit her anymore... so they're going to be for my friend, who has the good fortune to have slightly smaller feet than me, so I know they'll fit. I like this pattern, though, so I may buy some koigu to make a pair for my sister-in-law. And I'm actually trying to do the pattern AS WRITTEN, which means top-down - although since the heel is done with short-rows, it's not too bad. I stilll refuse to do heel-flap socks!

And why did I have to start a new pair of socks? Well, it's awfully hard to seam a sweater here:

I FINALLY made it to the beach - just for the day on Friday. It was SO nice, even if it did rain on us for a few hours in the morning! I really want to make it back at least one more time this summer, and I'd like to spend a weekend there maybe in early september. That's definitely something I miss about Santa Cruz... I loved being able to go to the beach pretty much whenever I wanted!

Well, I need to go pick up Grandma and take her to lunch - the parents are on vacation, and I get weekly lunch dates with Grandma. :) I wish she lived a little closer, though, because I'd love to take her over to the shop - she used to knit, and I'm sure she'd get a kick out of all the amazing new yarns. Plus, she's 92, amazingly cute, and just having a great time.

Speaking of having a great time, here's what you would have seen at the shop on Wednesday - he was waiting for Mommy Kristine to come back from the online store!


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