This week everything seemed so vivid… I bopped about the town a bit again but even the garden seemed brighter. The sunny weather helped but it was really the extra bit of independence that made such a difference.
On Wednesday morning, I left an early appointment, and passed some time in a local Starbucks with a frappuccino. Been there dozens of times but between the Jimmy Cliff songs & bright sunshine, it was downright zen…
I was really out to get much-needed help with my Purple Cocoon Cardigan at the Wool Bin. I could have fudged & evened out the front tops but I had a nagging feeling that I misread the lady’s instructions. The WB owners have set aside Wednesday afternoons for customers to sit, knit & ask questions. I got there a few hours early but one of the owners was good enough to figure it out with me. She agreed the instructions were convoluted but went at it line-by-line, with my knitted pieces. Turns out that the pattern looks sound. I only seem to have tapered the front armholes when they should be straight. Yet again my LYSO saves the day! Many thanks!
The WB is also in summer sale mode. I came prepared with a new baby gift project & left with my 3rd batch of Sirdar Baby Bamboo yarn:
The idea is to make a 1st birthday gift for my cousin’s son, Sammy! His birthday is the end of August, so even though it will go all the way to L.A., I still have some time. It’s fast becoming an Oz Vest from Louisa Harding ‘s book Natural Knits for Babies & Moms.
It had this whipped on the needles by evening & took it over to Knit Night. It was so nice to catch up with the ladies/ do something on my own again. I also met someone new. Of course, with all the errands, I was very tired. After making a silly mistake, I knew that I was fading. The others were also ready to leave around then. The mistake is now fixed & it allowed me to make other changes:
The lighting was bad in this photo & so, the colour is washed-out. It really is the bright blue of the stash photo, above.
Knitting this in the round is a wee off-pattern. I figured that the less seams for an active boy, the better… The post-mistake mod. is the striping. The garter stripes had a ’70s feel, so I changed that to the less boring seed stitch. Not exactly fashion-forward but I knew that going in… I’ve also decided to make it a few inches long. My cue on this? At 10 months his Mother was posting that he was big enough to be Hagrid’s brother… I really do hope that it’s wide enough.
Latest in the “Man Am I Proud it’s Growing” series is a squash flower! This plant is running amok. I had no idea the wee seedling would get this massive. It’s outgrown the bed, and is giving the lavender, pinks & tomatoes serious competition for space.
Weekend plans are to catch Julie & Julia at the movies, knock out this baby gift & book our flight/ hotel for Brother Man’s wedding… not too much to ask for!