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Knitting in the summer in a house with no air conditioning presents something of a problem.  Wool and heat and humidity do not make for a pleasant knitting experience.  Enter the cotton dishcloth. I love making these things. They feed my need for instant gratification, the cotton yarn is cheapy cheap and you only have to cast on and cast off 4 stitches. And look at the colors!

As much as I like making these, I really love using them. I have a stack I use in the kitchen, and another stack for in the shower. One of these cloths and a squirt of philosophy shower wash is a little daily luxury.

This weekend was the kind of weekend you hate to see end. We went to a Tribe game on Friday night. We started the evening with dinner at Local Heroes, which is across the street from Progressive Field. They serve the best fish tacos, especially good with a beer from Great Lakes Brewery. We kind of sped through dinner, because the game was starting soon. As we were paying the tab, we noticed the on the sports channel that game was under a rain delay. What? The skies were perfectly blue and gorgeous when we went into the restaurant.

So we walked to ballpark and found our seats.

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And  the rain decided to start

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not sure if you can see in the photo, but it was belting down. Luckily our seats were under a overhang, so we stayed nice and dry.

tribe4Finally the tarps were rolled up and it was time to play ball.

sliderEven though the Tribe lost to The Yankees, it was a fun night.

Saturday was definitely a girls’ day. We started the morning at Aveda getting hair cuts and trims, and then decided to head to Brio for brunch. This is what we ordered

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Sweet potato hash with grilled salmon, poached egg and bernaise sauce. Every single mouthful was scrumptious, and I would have licked the plate if I weren’t out in public.

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This is Becky’s favorite. Grilled salmon over angel hair pasta with tomatoes and asparagus. Delicious.

After lunch we went to the bookstore and then headed over to the yarn store.

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I think this is one of my favorite shops. It is so quaint and is in an area of restored historic buildings. Here is another shop that sells pretty decorative home items.

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I am a total sucker for old and historic buildings, and wish that there were more places like this in my area. Most of our area is new and modern with shopping malls and freeways. I love the idea of small towns with historic buildings and town squares.

This is what I bought

bookThe book is Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick. It is now out in paperback and a little more budget friendly. Lots of great projects that work up quickly. After I finish the Clapotis, I will let you know what I decide to work on.

The yarn is Trekking XXL which I have seen knitted into fabulous socks on Ravelry. The colors are gorgeous, but socks might have to wait til fall.

The rest of Saturday was spent looking at my new book and knitting my Clapotis. Perfect.

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This is my third attempt at making the famous “Clapotis” scarf. The yarn was purchased last weekend at the Sheep and Wool show, and I thought the Clapotis would be the perfect project for it. I pulled out my pattern (which I printed on February 6, 2006) and set to work.  I love the colorway of this yarn. It reminds me of a rainbow, and I think it will look pretty with my black coat this winter. The yarn is fingering weight, and I am knitting on size 4 needles, so I may not have it done til the snow flies. The pattern is easy to remember, and is a great TV watching project.

Becky and I were up for a mini road trip and decided to go to a sheep and wool show about an hour from our house. Music in the car was provided by the new Green Day CD. It was a bit incongruous listening to punk music while riding through the country side.

We weren’t sure what to expect at something called a sheep and wool show, but were delighted at what we found.

There were animals:

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goatI tried to get photos of the sheep, but the lighting in the barn was not so good. I think that the sheep were for sale, and I didn’t realize that they could get so large. Does anyone know how many skeins of yarn you get from one sheep? We also thought it was ironic that they would serve lamb at this kind of event.

And there was yarn:

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solids

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hand dyed

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cottons and wools

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indigo dyed

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boucles and all varieties of colors. There was also an abundance of wool for spinning and dyeing. It was interesting to see the wool being spun, but I think I would rather spend my crafting time actually knitting or crocheting a project. It was tough deciding what to bring home. Since I didn’t have a project in mind, I bought a skein of multi-color fingering weight that could turn into socks,  a shawl or a pillow.

Here’s what is blooming in the pink and green garden this morning

azaleaazaleas are in bloom by the side of the house. It blooms every year, but hasn’t grown much. I am thinking about relocating this little beauty in the fall.

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peony2and my peonies are just starting to bloom, right on time-they bloom every memorial day weekend. Love the colors, love the scent.

Off to a memorial day picnic/birthday party this afternoon. Looking forward to being outside, eating yummy food and visiting with family. Hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend.

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Lately I have not been feeling at all crafty. I usually have a knitting project going, and have had the same pair of socks on the needles for months. Scrapbooking isn’t inspiring me at the moment and I have started a crochet pillow, but have only done a few rounds.

So, what HAVE I been doing? I have discovered the glorious world of british blogs, my favorite being www.attic24. typepad.com. Ever since the reading the book “The Shell Seekers” I have been a bit obsessed with all things British. The blogs I have discovered are full of yarn, baking, gardens, cottages and all of the cozy and domestic  goodness I associate with living in England.

I can spend hours browsing these blogs, dreaming of new projects, different ways to decorate and things I would like to bake. And that’s just the problem, I do spend hours in blogland instead of actually knitting or sewing or baking or taking photos. So for now, blog reading is my hobby.

My official excuse is that I am getting inspiration for future projects.

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Working on another pair of socks. Love these colors, and I like the yarn. It is called soxx appeal by Knit One/Crochet Too. It has a bit of elastic in it, so hopefully the socks won’t be as prone to sagging as the 100% wool.

I’m alternating working on these with the wristwarmers, even though making the jump from 7 needles to 2’s is a killer on the hands.

Next pair of socks will have cables. Just have to find a good pattern.

after making these

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for a friend at work, I’ve discovered I love knitting cables. I am now working on this pair

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The pattern is Evangeline. I love the fact that this pattern is easy to modify. You can knit as many cable repeats as you would like to make any size glove. The brown pair has 2 cable repeats before the thumb opening, and two repeats after. The orange glove has 4 cable repeats before the thumb, and one after. I’m using 100% wool that I was going to use for a felt project. The girls at work are all complaining of cold hands, so I may be knitting several of these.

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“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” Jane Austen

I love Jane Austen and I totally agree that there is nothing like being at home. I am a homebody at heart. I love puttering around the house, trying to keep things organized and all of the pursuits that can make a house a home. Spending time with family, decorating, cooking and most of all the hobbies that bring me pleasure.

In knitting news, I finished these

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Look! The stripes match. Major accomplishment for me. I’m not crazy about the 2×2 rib though. Being the knitting scaredy cat that I am, I was afraid to deviate from the pattern I was following. But at least they’re done, and they are kind of cute.

Now I am working on

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I’m feeling a little braver and am knitting these in a 3×1 rib, which I am liking much better. This yarn also has more of a “wooly” feel and am liking the way this is knitting up.

Happy Monday!

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Starting my second pair of socks. Normally I despise wearing socks, but with wind chills below zero and the cuteness of these socks, I thought it was time to get another pair going. Love how they’re turning out.

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Essential food for freezing cold days. Chicken Noodle Soup. Homemade by me.