Times like the last several weeks make me cherish my knitting. More and more it serves as a means to slow myself down just a bit so that I can process all the activity going on in my life. And lately that has been a LOT of activity including two trips to three different places (St. Louis, Fayetteville — where I stayed at the Very VIP quarters on post — complete with kitchen staff — and Tampa), weekend visitors 3 weekends in a row, a mid-week visitor, and multiple work crises (some real, some concocted). While I haven’t been able to knit as much as I’d like to, I have done quite a bit — and I seem to be gaining speed, so I do have some progress on two projects and a new project well underway.
Tropical Gorillas are about 75% done, having rounded the heel and picked up the gusset on sock number two. TGIF is blocked and ready for seaming thanks to Ruby’s fine assistance. All that remains once seamed will be the extra large button bands and shall collar — picked up along the entire front edge and worked in ribbing. And I cast on Woodland Vines, my version of Ysolda Teague’s Vine Yoke Cardigan in very woodland colors — the Briar Rose yarn I bought at Yarnover (remember?). I have to say, it is putting the completion of the others at risk because it is such a fun project to knit. The construction design is brilliant. It is knit side to side in mostly garter with some patterning at the yoke and hem to keep you interested. And you knit the sleeves as you go round with short row raglans. It’s crazy I tell you, crazy! And it knits pretty quickly, so even if the others stall, I should be back to them soon.
Several of our visitors were our children. Allen was here a few weekends ago and I took Allen in to work with me…we snuck a picture outside the Pentagon. He was down for some interviews and I had fun showing him around and showing him off. Marie and Heidi were here this weekend…and guess what! Marie has picked up knitting again! She’s working on a cute little baby bonnet and doing pretty well for having not picked up a needle for about 2 and 1/2 years! Hearing she wanted to try knitting again was almost as good as if she had said she was working on a different kind of baby project. Not really that close, but still.
We did make it up to Fair Winds yesterday while the girls slept in. We cleared brush, burned brush, watched fuzzy caterpillars, were amazed by the height of the corn, mused over the possible additions for our future kitchen (wouldn’t that be a GREAT stove!!), and had our eye caught by the colors of the surrounds. I personally found it very reassuring to know that 24 hours a day we can acquire live bait via vending machine down at the local grocery. Almost as good as a vend-o-mat for those late night munchies, I should imagine! We decided we would go a different way for our end of trip treat and headed over to Maplehof’s for ice cream before heading back.
We’re hoping for a quiet week. I’d be happy to have an empty guest room for a few days at this point. Plus we’d love to avoid the excitement nature sent our way this past Tuesday when hurricane force winds hit very suddenly. We had some minor damage to the townhouse in which we’re living, but the neighborhood was hit much harder. We lost some really beautiful trees. The one in the photo (and several others nearby) caused the George Washington Parkway to be closed for quite a bit until it could be cut up and moved off the road. Fortunately, no one near us was hurt. I hope your week is filled with good fortune too!