It’s. So. Hot. I know that most of the US is saying the same thing. Holy crap! This weekend we may see the low 90s and I’m thinking “Wahoo! A cold front!” Oh how I long for cooler temperatures…
Anyway, a lot has happened since last we spoke. I picked up my beloved from the airport on Friday after missing him all week. He said Chicago was fun but he wished I was there. Awwwwww… And he brought me yummy goodness! That man sure does know what I love!
We left for Durham/Chapel Hill Friday afternoon and had the best weekend! We slept late, relaxed, ate (and drank) well and just plain goofed off all weekend. Iris Dement put on a great show (she always does) and we’re already making plans to see her again in Asheville in November.
And good news about little Caleb! He came home from the hospital on Friday and got a clean bill of health on Monday at his check-up! Geoff and I still haven’t been able to see the little guy (without a piece of glass separating us from him) so we’ll be heading out to visit Friday evening. There will be lots of pictures I’m sure!
Speaking of Caleb, I’ve decided on the blanket I’ll be knitting him. Here’s a (not so good) picture of the blanket and a diagram of the layout.
It’s called Tall Tales and is from the book Creature Comforts: Cozy Knits for Wee Ones by Amy Bahrt. Now if you’ve been paying attention in blogland you will remember a similar blanket made by Miss Grumperina. The blanket is indeed supposed to be knit in one piece using intarsia. Well, I thought that would be great! No seaming! But then I started it yesterday and got about 2.5 rows into the colored blocks before ripping the whole thing out. Keeping all of the yarn separate was a nightmare. So I’ve decided to knit it in strips like Grumperina did and then I’ll knit the border onto it. I think I may end up lining it with fabric, too. I’m afraid the back of it will look too “unfinished” without it. Grumperina didn’t think the giraffe looked like a giraffe but I think it does so I’m going to give it (and the other animals) a try. I’m using good, cheap, machine-washable TLC Cotton Plus. I can make the whole blanket for around $30. Not bad at all!
And I got my new Interweave Knits in the mail! I haven’t read the whole thing but I like what I’ve seen so far! I’m excited about reading Eunny’s article about shaping lace. And the pattern that jumped out at me from the beginning? The one on the cover…
Isn’t that a gorgeous sweater?! I think that would be a great project for this winter. I have a feeling that lots of people will be knitting it so I hope to learn from their experiences before tackling it myself!
Ack! Look at the time! Better get ready for bed… I’m still up before the sun these days!
Have a great rest of the week!