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So much to do!

My life is so busy right now – I had my first real day directing the choir yesterday (nerve wracking, but really enjoyable – I think I’m going to love this job!) as well as my second bridal shower in Cincinnati.  This week is filled with teaching, meetings (both at work and for the wedding,) crafting for the wedding, and a funeral (these are now part of my job.)

I thought that I should just focus on finishing up the montego bay scarf instead of starting something new.  I found, however, that I would do anything to avoid working on the stupid thing.  Instead of knitting I have now completely rearranged the cabinets in the kitchen and found tons of stuff to get rid of.  I have listened to hours of NPR while riding in the car (could have been knitting then!)  I got Marc hooked on watching Stargate, but even that didn’t inspire me to work on it.  So you know what?  I give up.  No, I’m not ripping the scarf, I’m just sending it back to second place.  It will get finished soon anyway, as the ball is getting much smaller.  I just can’t bear the thought that I have to work on it.

Instead, I am going to cast on for Martha, from Rowan 37, in Fennel 4-ply cotton  (I hate licorice flavored fennel very much, but it is a lovely color! )


I ordered the yarn from Richesse, where they are having a really great sale for July on Rowan’s cottons and a few wools, notably felted tweed.  And since they were having the sale, I was able to buy enough Felted tweed for Patti without breaking the bank!

The color is “Rage.”  I love it – it’s a super intense cranberry, and fortunately it is still among the reds I can wear.  I think I just can’t wear really orange reds.  I can’t wait to have a lovely red tweedy jacket for the fall!

I’m still waiting on my pattern for Agnes, so it will have to wait (stupid UPS – they were here delivering a wedding present earlier, but still no sign of my book!)  I was worried about having two green cardigans, but it turns out that 4-ply in Fennel is not so green, nor is it at all the color of fennel.  On the left is Cotton Glace in Ivy for Agnes, whenever it arrives.

Garnstudio is releasing their fall/winter patterns in English now, and I am not so impressed with most of the collection.  I see a lot of oversized things, and I am not so big on oversized, being a petite person… I look like I am playing dress up in the lovely slouchy styles.  I do, however, adore this cardigan.

The sort of slouchy funnel neck must be big for fall, as I’ve already seen at least 3 designs that use something similar.    It appears to be knit in a bulky weight yarn?  Too bad, because I don’t have any in stash.

While I have been cleaning my kitchen instead of knitting, I have come to realize that I love vintage kitchen stuff.  While we have received really nice appliances as wedding gifts, I am sort of sad to see the old things go.  I wish that avocado kitchens would come back.  I know I am alone in that wish, but there you go.  Look at this fondue set (which I am keeping, thanks!)

I like how the avocado looks with the brighter green walls.  Last year I convinced Marc that we needed a set of dishes like the corelle we had when I was growing up, and then we found this whole set at a garage sale for $1.25.

Didn’t everyone have these? I love the tiny green flowers!  The serving pieces are in great condition (I love the cream and sugar set) but I’d like to find the dishes in better shape… not that we need more, but I have a slight problem with accumulating dishes and coffee cups.  I am incapable of getting rid of either!