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July 2018

3TT: One stitch at a time...

...sometimes forward, sometimes backward!

This photo was snapped last night when I was half-way through tinking a row!

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It's my Savage Heart Cardigan (1) and as of last night, the first half is finished! Next, I need to find a spare needle while I get to work on the second half!

Summer Camp II (2) has also seen the light of recent days (though not a camera) and I'm just about ready to begin the bind off!

And swatching... I went up a needle size and made another swatch for my Rhinebeck Sweater (3).

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That did the trick! Meanwhile, I think I've changed my mind about the pattern I want to knit -- same gauge, though, so whew!

 That's a little knitting update, 3TT style... visit Carole for more "Three Things on Thursday" posts!


Un- (and re-) raveled: TTL Mystery Shawl 2018

Joining Kat & the Unravelers...

KNITTING

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It's an FO and, oh, I couldn't be happier!

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There are sections of this shawl that are "true lace" -- at least what I've come to know as that, meaning that there is stitch manipulation on both wrong- & right-side rows, not just purling across the wrong side -- and my first time ever knitting "true lace"!

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It was truly a joy to knit along on this project and I think a big reason for that was the slower pace, with clues released over a period of six weeks.

I knit as usual... risky! I never used a lifeline, and didn't add stitch markers until the end -- and thank goodness because they really helped when those few stitches got away from me last week.

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There was an optional extended version for people with an extra bit of yarn, and that is what I did.

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The bind-off was a pretty little picot-like flower, and I used a stretchy (k2tbl) bind-off for the stitches between the flowers, so it blocked out quite large. I was fairly vigorous with the blocking, but I didn't take it as far as I could have. I love the shape! This would be beautiful in one color, and would make a lovely wedding shawl.

READING

Same as last time (from the slowest reader in the west): The Best Cook in the World: Tales From my Momma's Table by Rick Bragg, and getting close to the end of Calypso (audio) by David Sedaris.


Going with it...

I enjoyed a fairly productive and relatively quiet weekend. It's been a busy summer and that will continue right to the end; Auntie Camp next weekend before Ann & fam return to Spain, and a send-off for Maddy & Viv the following weekend before they set off road-tripping their way to Oregon for the vintage.

On Friday night, I noticed that my internet was super slow, so I called and spent a good half-hour on the phone with a very nice customer service rep; in the end, it was determined that I needed a new modem. I could have waited until late Saturday night for a house call, but decided to just go and do it myself on Saturday morning. I've been meaning to go in & discuss my service, anyway. So I did that... and now we no longer have a home phone! It's the end of an era. It had always been cheaper to bundle service, so we've had an active phone number, but haven't actually had a phone connected for months (we haven't had cable TV in 7-8 years), but the pricing structure has changed and now I'm saving a whole lotta money every month.

Ali asked me to come down to the market at noon and watch Malina for a bit while she closed up the Coffee Camper.

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So I got to hang out with this little chickie for a while... she enjoyed some diaper-free wiggling in the shade!

Incidentally, on Sunday, I was putting a few things away and ran across this photo of Ali:

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She must be just about the same age that Malina is now! I've sent it to her and am hoping for a recreation of this photo...

Maddy came home on Saturday afternoon to crash a wedding with friends. We made a lovely dinner together before she headed off.

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I fixed my knitting and bound off while marathon watching The Wrong Mans, which I enjoyed quite a lot! Who mentioned that program? I feel like I read about it on a blog but I can't remember whose!

So, a busy Sunday began with soaking and pinning out my 2018 TTL Mystery Shawl:

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I'll save the pretty FO photos for a separate post (I still have to take some pretty FO photos).

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There's a peek, unblocked. Let's just say that IT'S HUGE (that's a double bed up there) and I LOVE IT!

Then I ran a bunch of errands... getting a tire fixed on Ginny's bike, picking up clogged drain stuff, dropping off some donation stuff, and also taking a few boxes to the girls' storage unit. When I came home, I unclogged a couple of slow drains, did a bunch of laundry, started cleaning up the garage (site of some future Auntie Camp activities), and bleached a shirt.

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Someone had shared some photos of this discharge technique on The School of Making's FB page last week and I was excited to try it! I made a 2:1 water/bleach mixture in a spray bottle and used my Alabama Chanin Magdalena stencil. I laid my shirt out on the sidewalk, arranged the stencil, lightly sprayed, and watched the magic happen! I was working on the sidewalk right by the hose & just hosed everything off after a couple of minutes. It doesn't take long to work! Upon further reading, I might have used something to stop the bleaching action... we'll see how this fares in the long run (it is a fairly fine cotton knit). I had nothing between the layers and it did not soak through... except one little spot where I sprayed quite a bit as I got started (...is it working??). You can make out a little overspray on the inside back and even that didn't go through! I hung both the stencil and the shirt on the line and sprayed/rinsed them even more. Next time, I'll blot the stencil before moving it (there are a few drippy spots) (which I actually like)... live & learn. It was super quick to do and now I want to BLEACH ALL THE THINGS!!

And before I go...

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There was a company picnic at the baseball park on Thursday evening. This photo of Junah was shared on Friday, the "Play Ball Kid" who didn't wanna! This just cracks me up... it is SO Junah! I believe we're all looking at a coach in the dugout who was trying to coax Junah into cooperating with the promise of a baseball. Um, it didn't work. Poor kid. For a 4yo, it was a very long & boring wait to get to this moment; he did phenomenally well, but had fallen just a few minutes prior to this and skinned his knee. The rest of the evening was fabulous, though.

I hope you had a great weekend!


Unraveled / 3TT: Macrame / Eye Candy Friday

Doing an all-in-one post this week!!

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Joining Kat & the Unravelers...

KNITTING

I washed my Rhinebeck Sweater gauge swatches, and the numbers didn't really change much.

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I'm going to try going up a needle size and see what happens. Stitch count is spot on, but rows are significantly off and there's a fair bit of shaping in the sweater that I currently have in mind. I suppose I could do a little math/calculating... that takes a pretty specific frame of mind that's definitely not my normal frame of mind. Haha. Loving how that yarn is knitting up, though, and I'm determined to use it!

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The TTL Mystery Shawl is still waiting to be fixed. (I hope I can fix it!)

READING

I am still reading The Best Cook in the World: Tales From my Momma's Table by Rick Bragg, and listening to Calypso by David Sedaris, and enjoying them both quite a lot! I would say that memoir is my favorite genre, so that's really no big surprise.

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Joining Carole and friends for Three on Thursday...

After threatening to do it -- and wanting to do it -- for years, I finally did a little macramé! Three photos:

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I recently bought new curtains for the front room & love how much lighter & brighter & less lacey it is. I keep noticing -- and keep forgetting -- to remove the price tag from the panel on the front door! Or I could just channel Minnie Pearl...
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It's not always the most photogenic of crafts, y'know? This was very simple, completely made up/from memory, and the very best thing was Kate's reaction when I took it upstairs. You just made that? Like, just now?? 

I did, even though there are a few other things I currently vying for attention (such as fixing dropped stitches on my TTL Mystery Shawl, hemming my Gypsum Skirt, sewing up another Geranium Dress)... I might do macramé with the boys for Auntie Camp (Aug. 17-18!~) and figured I should make sure I still had the skillz.

I do. It's like riding a bicycle!

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Aside...

While I was up on Kate's porch, I noticed the pergola. I've been up there many times over the last few years, but never just hanging out, so it was cool to take in the view from a different angle.

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Not bad, I thought. Then I noticed it again after the lights came on at dusk.

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These would look good on the Airbnb listing!

Not kidding! Also, not ready for lodgers -- yet! As established, Kate's renting the upstairs apartment, but she already knows that she's going to be gone for chunks of time -- some significant -- and it actually occurred to us both, separately, that Airbnb could be an option. Now that we've found ourselves on the same page, it's a rather exciting concept, and I'm thinking about it a lot. I don't really know how much demand there is in my area, but being only 20 miles from Lambeau Field is a definite plus... and it's been interesting to think of our house/property/location in terms of "selling it." We're excited to give it a go... sometime (there are a few things that need to be done first)!

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Eye Candy Friday...

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Those are just two of some achingly sweet photos that Ali shared on Wednesday afternoon. Lordy, I'm a lucky one...

Happy Weekend!!


Weekending: Family

I helped Kate move some big stuff (specifically, her mattress) from the storage unit to the apartment, so Maddy could take over the guest room over the weekend. There are still a few big things to move, but the weather's been awful and Kate needs to return the borrowed truck... because she's leaving this week on a road trip to L.A. with a friend.

(There is no moss growing under that girl.)

(Any of my girls.)

The weekend was largely spent in the company of this crew, give or take...

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That's not the best photo, technically speaking, but the SMILES show through loud & clear... and that makes it THE BEST! We sure have fun together... and, yes, Mack is still completely smitten with that baby. He & Addie had a great week at camp, and Ann & Brian enjoyed their time away in NOLA!

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Maddy had an excellent adventure with her campers, in & around the Apostle Islands for nearly two weeks, and it was so great to see her so happy & relaxed. They had great weather except for one day, and they had three bear encounters all on one day... YIKES! Get it over with!! She's bound for Oregon in 3 short weeks!

On Sunday, Kate & Al took the boys to see Christopher Robin. (They liked it... was a bit melancholy.) It was Junah's first experience at the theater since our unsuccessful go at Cars 3 over a year ago. At one point yesterday, Ali wrote, "Two potty breaks and one drink refill so far... never got so much exercise at a movie!" Haha.

Annie & I took charge of the girls for those few hours!

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We took a walk, played with blocks, read some books... Annie napped with Malina... it was really great!

Despite the busy weekend, I managed to get a little "me" time, too.

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I cast on and started auditioning/swatching my Rhinebeck Sweater! I've finished one of two swatches and still need to block, but stitch gauge is spot on so far... not so much with the row gauge. I'll need to figure out how crucial and/or what adjustments to make on this particular sweater... or choose a different one!

Apparently over-excited about how close I am to the bind-off, I dropped a section of stitches on the TTL Shawl late last night -- too late to really even think about fixing it (I think I can fix it); hopefully, that will get back on track this evening.

I never got around to adding the pockets to my FAME dress, either, but it's on the short list for Wednesday!

Ann & family are back in Madison for the next 10 days; then return for a final few days mid-August before their departure for Spain on the 21st. WHOOSH!

 


Right Now: August

Well, after we take one last 31-second (or so) look at July, here's what's happening in August...

Anticipating... another weekend with Maddy in the house! She's returned after two weeks incommunicado while paddling & camping in the Apostle Islands, and will be home this evening in time for supper.

Celebrating... Addison's 11th birthday next week! Can you believe it??

Excited about... pre-ordering Katrina Rodabaugh's Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More. I've been following Katrina on IG for quite a while and have no doubt that this is going to be some book!

Inspired by... I'm not super into online groups or forums, but I was invited a while ago to a group on FB called "The School of Making Stitchalong," started/moderated by employees of Alabama Chanin/The School of Making, and it's a pretty lively group of talented & creative people!

Itching... to rearrange my workroom. Despite what I just wrote about online groups, I've also been following "Sewing Room Ideas" and, while some many of those people are way more hard-core than me (gigantic rooms, thousands of dollars in machines of various types, enough fabric/thread to start a shop), there are lots of practical tips for storage, organizing, and maximizing space. (I don't know what these people did before IKEA!) There are also enough real posts to make me feel right at home & not alone. Heh.

Knitting... I have continued to suffer from tendonitis, though feel that it's truly, slowly, improving overall -- finally! I've begun doing some specific exercises (thanks to Kim asking the question on FB and also some helpful YouTube videos) and they are helping. I've also been paying much more attention to my posture & position while knitting and, thankfully, the pace of Kirsten's 2018 TTL Mystery Shawl has been very relaxed with the clues released over a period of six weeks. Anyway, all that to say that I am knitting and have kept up, for the most part, so the finish is... still a little ways off but in sight!

Looking forward to... going to a baseball game with Junah next week!

Needing... to pack up the stuff I'd moved out to the garage and get it ready for Auntie Camp!

Planning... this year, we'll be tie-dyeing t-shirts again, and making macramé plant hangers and/or doing some simple weaving. And it might be Sister Camp, as well!

Reading/Pages... The Best Cook in the World: Tales From my Momma's Table by Rick Bragg. I just read about how to make hog jowls and collard greens. Yep.

Reading/Audio... Calypso by David Sedaris.

Sewing... I plan to sew those in-seam pockets in my FAME dress over the weekend. And possibly start another dress! The sew/vac repair shop across the street from Ali's coffee shop has another location where they sell fabric & machines -- Baby Lock is the brand they carry -- and I stopped by on Tuesday night to take a look. There are one or two contenders from the four or five in my price range. Holy cow.

Watching... did you catch the premiere of Making It hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman?? I enjoyed it, am glad I don't have to judge, and didn't expect to cry.

Wondering... What's up in your world?


3TT: The

The Wisconsin State Capitol:

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The Orpheum:

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The National:

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It was a great concert on Tuesday night, preceded by cocktails at Merchant and pizzas at Lucille. I can't remember the last time I didn't get to bed until 2:00 am, though that was the norm back in the day and I'm sure I'd easily revert to that again if I didn't have a 9-to-5 (or 7-to-4-or-5, as it were).

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