Thank you for your input on a color for our front door! Red and blue seem to be the top two suggestions, and at the moment, I'm leaning toward a cranberry/raspberry that would look good with the hall when the door is open. I promise to get some paint swatches soon to share with you.
The early knitter gets the yarn.
On Saturday, I got up early and drove the distance to Creative Fibers for their summer sale. The night before, I did my homework, gathering up some patterns to take with me to match with yarn. Right inside the door was Louisa Harding's Impression yarn, in a lovely shade of blue-green, enough to make Sophie, or Beatrix. Swoon! I also bought two skeins of her ribbon yarn because they were pretty, and an extra skein of the Nashua June for the Lace Ribbon Scarf I hope to do. Mrs. SDC met me at the sale and we had fun doing something just for us -- usually we are at the bike races together in support of our misters.
Sophie. I love that these are fall sweaters, but don't look like fall sweaters!
Beatrix needs Glisten yarn for the trim, which no one seems to sell anymore.
The third session of my writing class started last Wednesday. As a writing prompt, we had to make a list of five interesting settings, as general or specific as we liked. Try it! List five places you enjoy reading about, or visiting, that you think would be interesting settings for stories. I'll share two of mine: an all-night diner, and a small village in France.
We talked about the process from idea to outlining; the latter will be covered next week. Brainstorming and listmaking is a great first step, then gathering, where you sort out the ideas you think will actually work. Finally, you can use post-its, one idea per post-it, and sort them out on a table or wallboard to start to organize your story. Class ended with a fairy-tale; taking a story and writing a list of alternate endings. Our homework is to pick one of those endings and brainstorm it. This is helping to remove a lot of the mystery from the process of idea to page (or screen).
As to knitting, I've had to work on one sleeve at a time for Breton Girl, because I only have one ball of the white yarn left. I'm not sure it's enough, but a very sweet Raveler in the UK has offered to send me some of her yarn if I need it. I am going to finish this sweater by Labor Day or else!!