Monday, August 22, 2005

End of summer clean up

I had a comment about my Whitby sock and about the book that the pattern is in. It's from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush. I first checked this book out of the library. The book has a nice variety of patterns, some with stitch work, lace work, and some colorwork. My only problem with it is that I have large, fat feet and I always have to adjust patterns. In the case of Whitby, I just used heavier yarn and larger needles. Now, that won't work with all the patterns, and I've become pretty adept at enlarging patterns, but it is a nice book and I'm glad that I bought it.

Sorry, there's no photo today. There was only minimal knitting over the weekd. You see the clutter has threated to take over my house. Inside and out.

First, my husband made a heroic effort on the outside and has brought that all back into a managable condition. You see it's been REALLY hot and humid, but extremely dry here. We were away to the beach for a week and we've not had any appreciable amount of rain in a very long time. So, mowing was in order, but weed eating was really the thing.

Secondly, since DH was outside busting his butt, I felt that inside butt busting should be happening as well. So, I started with the yarn that has been multiplying in my living room. I obtain a large plastic storage box and sorted out the yarn that I know I'll never use. It's now all in two large plastic storage boxes, and a large basket. Oh, and there's a medium sized plastic storage box with tapestry yarn.

Next up -- the cleaning out of the dresser that's in the dining room (craft stuff) and then my clothes. There's things in the closet that I haven't worn in eight years. Goodwill here we come.

School starts next Monday. We get to meet the teacher on Friday afternoon. Fifth Grade - big man on campus year. Next year it's off to the middle school and low man on the totem pole again. I'll be glad for fall. It's my favorite time of the year.

It's been so dry that my flower beds really aren't blooming much. The borough is asking everyone to conserve water, so I've really only been dumping water on my two tomato plants. Soon it will be time to cut things back so you can see the blooming hardy mums.

Well, that's all I have for today. By way of knitting news, I'm anxiously awaiting the posting of Marguerite's new sock pattern over at Stitches of Violet. No hurry, I've got time and a few projects I'll need to finish before I can allow myself to start another pair of socks. (Dog lovers will enjoy the doggie picnic news over at Stitches of Violet.)

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