Chris on left, under tree leaves. Mr. SDC on right, also in red and black team kit.
As I was looking through my WIPs last week, I picked up Wisp. According to my notes on Ravelry, I started this four years ago, but put it down because it's like knitting thread. Mohair thread, which can stick together pretty easily, making it difficult to frog.
Thread Yarn is from Habu Textiles. My friend C bought a skein of it for me as a gift, and then I ordered the cone to be sure I had enough. I cast on 100 stitches to make a wrap rather than a scarf. With variegated yarn, it's hard to see the stitch pattern, but I do love all the pink and purple tones.
Looking at the pattern again, it didn't seem too bad after all. It's nine rows of fishnet lace (yo, k2tog) all the way across, and then six rows of knitting. Repeat fifteen times. At the same time, you make an eyelet every five rows on the borders. As long as I keep a note for myself for when the next eyelet row is coming, it shouldn't be too bad. I've already had to frog two rows, and it was doable. Now I have two portable projects for hospital knitting, which will start again this week.
What project or book have you taken out of hibernation, and how is it going this time around? How is your summer going? Are you doing everything you want to do?
The first week of hospital knitting is done. We'll have a week-long rest, and then my family member will be admitted for three weeks for the second half of treatment. I'm already through the first of the two balls of the pecan pie yarn:
Our Lexy, doing her very first knitting blog modeling. In the four months since she adopted us, she's already reached her full-grown size. She's still my little bean.
I remember why I dislike the yarn. There are long sections with no loops.
In all fairness, this may be because when I tried to frog it last time, I pulled too hard, and those tiny white threads popped. I let the untextured sections hang, then cut them off, and wove in the ends. But other boucle yarns I've knitted were more easily frogged, and didn't have that annoying white thread showing through. Thankfully, the scarf is still looking good.
Miss Molly, waiting for winged visitors
My dad gave me this beautiful Miss Molly butterfly bush. Both of us try to make our gardens hospitable to butterflies, birds, and bees, with plants they love. It must be working; I saw a gorgeous yellow swallowtail on the bush when I left the house this morning to do an errand. The orioles, on the other hand, are completely ignoring my orange slices and grape jelly!
White sail + blue sky = summer heaven
Chris enjoying the ocean air
On Sunday, some friends invited us to sail with them. I love being out on the water; though my family never had a boat, it's something I've always been drawn to. Riding up and down on the waves beneath those huge white sails is so freeing and relaxing, a little bit of heaven on earth. I savor every moment. What did you do this weekend?
P.S. It's hurricane/tornado/brush fire/extreme weather season here in the U.S. I've posted an article on emergency preparedness for pets, and I hope if you live in an area where evacuation is a possibility, that you'll read it and gather necessities for your pets and yourself soon.