Yup, another YOP update with a little personal stuff thrown in at the end.
For some reason, I don't feel I did much knitting this week. I think the reason for that is the shawl. When knitting over 400 stitches per row and doing lace with it, a row can take quite a bit of time. That was my main focus this week. The Shawl!!!!!
It is off the needles! Can I get an AMEN? This is not a shawl pattern I will repeat. It took way too much concentration and counting. Knitting is my relaxing activity. This pattern did not allow me to do that. Don't get me wrong, I love knitting lace patterns but this one was not a pleasure at all. I also had to stop 10 rows short of the pattern. The pattern's yardage was waaaaaay off. Oh well, I will still wear it and it will be perfect for a neck shawl. It does need to be blocked and hopefully it will 'stretch' out a bit when finished with the blocking.
The only other item I have active is the Hermione's Everyday Socks.
The progress markers do show I did several rows on these this past week. Self striping yarn is so much fun to work with. I know I have said that before, but it is so true!
There is a shawl pattern I want to cast on this week too. Hopefully there will be time to do that. With our weather warming up, I am spending a bit more time outside walking the dogs and getting our backyard space ready for our summer fun.
Hubby and I went shopping this week for new cushions for our patio furniture. The last cushions lasted 3 or 4 years. This time we purchased a scotchguard spray that protects the material from the UV rays as well as weather proofs the fabric. With the price of cushions, we want them to last as long as possible.
Another thing I learned this week. We were supposed to be resealing our granite counter tops yearly! Seems hubby was told this upon installation but failed to pass that information on to me. This week I will be; cleaning, sealing and polishing my countertops. I really don't mind doing that. It is time to do a deep clean of the kitchen anyway. Seems we have been collecting 'stuff' again that we do not use or need.
The best part of my week was yesterday.......................all day! This happened.
Our son graduated with his Bachelors degree and with honors! We are so proud of him. The graduation was wonderful and started with bagpipes! He arranged for a party afterward at one of our favorite Irish restaurants. What a great time we all had. OK, I will tell you who everyone in the photo is. Starting left to right......Linda (His mother in law) Frank (Father in law) Stacie (wife) Josie (Daughter....yes she is growing up too fast) Josh (the grad) Me (proud mom) Joe (Proud dad).
Today, we are doing a little relaxing as we have a birthday dinner to attend tonight. So, I don't need to cook again today. While we are relaxing, I will be making menus for the week as well as a grocery list for any needed items. It sure makes the week go so much smoother when we have menus made.
Hopefully, all of you are seeing signs of spring where you are. We are heading up towards 90 degrees this week. I am not ready for that yet. We have only had our windows opened for a couple weeks. It is way too early to turn on the A/C!
Until next time..........Happy Crafting!!!!!!!!!!
Here is a place where you can enjoy listening (reading) about all my adventures as a lefty in a righty world. It is not easy to do this at times but I have managed to do it for over 60 years. Crafting is probably the hardest thing to do as a lefty since all directions are printed for righties. I have managed to adjust and will be more than happy to share my crafts with you thru pictures and writings. Enjoy!
Sunday, March 24, 2019
WEEK 39 of YOP VIII
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What a great picture of you all at your son's graduation. Congratulations to your son on his achievement! Re: the shawl... Even though it wasn't relaxing, and the yarn required wasn't correct, it sure is beautiful. Love the soft purple, blue, and green in that colorway. I hope you have a terrific week ahead, Marsha!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Becki.Delete
What a lovely family photo and congratulations to your son. You all look so happy, that’s one worth printing and hanging on the wall. That’s annoying the yardage was off by so much, perhaps the dyer bought it at that length and it shrunk in dyeing? At least it’s finished now and you can enjoy the easy knitting of HES pattern.ReplyDelete
Thank you Liz. The HES Pattern is a personal favorite and so easy to memorize.Delete
AMEN. And how awesome is that graduation picture? Who knew about the granite tops needing resealing every year. Not me. (Of course I don't have granite counter tops so there is that lol) I get frustrated by patterns that are so off with their yardage, but I am sure blocking will stretch it out and it will be lovely to wear regardless. Love your hermione socks - they are STILL on my list of socks to knit.ReplyDelete
Thank you MaryAnn. Fingers are crossed on the miracles of blocking. It will be worn no matter what.Delete
Ahhh Marsha, what a great photo of you all! You have every right to be proud, who wouldn't be! I always think our children are our single greatest source of pride, joy and love!ReplyDelete
Now AMEN to the shawl being complete, it's hard to feel like you are making progress with over 400 stitches per row! I definitely don't miss knitting those. The socks are looking good, I love how any type of yarn seems to work with the Hermiones socks, on paper the texture/pattern shouldn't work with variegated and striping yarn but it always does just the same as with solids!
Beautiful picture of the family. And your shawl looks wonderful. You can call it a shawlette. And since you seem to live where the temps get warm early, a shawlette is perfect.ReplyDelete
Thank you. A shawlette it shall be! Unless blocking it makes it grow lol.Delete
What a great photo of you and your family and congrats to all! I went back to school when I was 32 and my youngest was 6 months old.....working full time and going to school full time. It was not easy so you have every reason to be proud of him and all who were supportive.ReplyDelete
Your shawl turned out gorgeous....I love it but I understand about 'relaxing' projects. I agree on self striping yarn too. It's so much fun! I can't wait to see your next project. Have a great week!
Wow, your son is t-a-l-l and look at all of his fun honors. You and your ohana look terrific and so proud. Hot dogs, over 400 sts on the needle? My eyes rolled around in shock like Boggle cubes. You go on finishing that!ReplyDelete
Yay to your son, and what a fabulous photo? I love your shawl, well done on getting through it. The socks look great as well.ReplyDelete