My July so far

For my birthday, Chynna dressed in a purple shirt, jeans without holes, hung out with me and plied me with treats of my choice.  I overloaded on birthday carbs comprised of a vanilla Dr. Pepper from Sonic, a bag of cheddar sour cream potato chips, and a pint of Hagen Daz dulce de leche. I snuck away for a manicure and pedicure. I didn’t get a picture of the birthday balloons that invaded the living room, but a TARDIS teapot vworped its way onto my desk.

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Followed by a Knit Picks delivery and a Barnes & Noble gift card.

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The 4th came and went with its many evenings of fireworks and sleep-deprived nights. I did manage to display some small measure of patriotism by finishing these socks and making a festive fruit pizza a few days later.

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Later in the month, orange knitting happened while I learned the linen stitch. This might be my new favorite way to make dishcloths even though it’s a little more time consuming.

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Then some sewing/quilting happened.

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Fabric stash was obtained along with a gift of supplies offered by the hubby who believes that if I’m really going to do this, I should have the proper tools.

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Keaton seems to think that all I need is him.

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Patriotic

I’m a little late, but still feeling rather patriotic nonetheless.

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Graduation Stimulation

Our third adult graduated.

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His siblings were thrilled.


This could be good.

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This project has been bugging me for several months. It really wanted to be started. I had been hoping to use Knit Picks Brava because I had the colors already stashed for other projects and was sure to have leftovers.  It’s a nice acrylic and I didn’t think I would mind making a whole afghan out of it. Knit Picks wasn’t going to have more of the orange and white in stock for a while,  I really didn’t want to wait any longer. It is also more expensive than Red Heart and money is kind of an issue right now.  I finally bought the yarn and prepared to have my hands shredded by the cheap acrylic. Red Heart seems to have changed their Super Saver line a bit, the yarn was softer than I thought. It’s definitely not the softest acrylic on the market but it has been really tolerable.  I mean, damn near… nice.

 

I got this far on the blanket and decided that I wanted it wider.

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I don’t mind ripping this one out if it means I get a blanket that is big enough to snuggle under.  This is for me so I don’t have time frame.  If I have it done by Halloween, great, if not, I’ll live and it will be just as fun to have something Halloweeny to work during the season.


Important decisions

I couldn’t decide which color of contact case to get, so I bought a jar of all the colors.

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Back when I was kid, you used the same contact (if you used one at all rather than just tossing them on the dresser) case for as long as the contacts lasted. Seriously though, a whole jar of different colored contact cases.  How cool is that?


I’ve been here before

I’m not getting my hopes up, but dang, it’s looks pretty.

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Happy Birthday, Stanley

Behold, our third adult.

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He looks thrilled with his beef bulgogi at Sam Hawk in Provo.


Row 10 and all is well

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Maybe I should say “So far, so good” just in case the Universe is still poised on the edge of Its seat, waiting to give me another smack down.


Is knitting really supposed to make you cry?

I started the shawl again, and once again I had to frog. I cast on the right number of stitches. But then I forgot to do the k3 selvedge edge stitches so I didn’t have the right number of stitches left over at the end. I ripped it out and started again. I cast on the right number of stitches, double and triple checking with stitch markers. As far as I could tell I could tell I did all the stitches right, I remembered the selvedge edge stitches, and yet again I didn’t have enough stitches at the end.

What the hell?  How can I be so completely inept at what looks to be a simple pattern with only a 10 stitch repeat?  I’ve done socks, blankets, hats, other scarves, and dishclothes with more complicated charted patterns. What it the problem with this one?


Distance

Recent knitting events have kinda taken the wind out of my sails. After frogging the shawl yesterday, I had to get as far away from it as I possibly could.

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I think I nailed it.

Granny square afghan in JoAnn’s  Rainbow Classic Purl Essence.