Summer Nights

Summer nights…the air is slightly cooler than your skin and feels like velvet. The night sky is huge and dark and full of glittering diamond stars that almost look like they are close enough to touch if you reach out and the fields and the edges of the woods are full of winking fireflies and chirping crickets. Right now is my second favorite time of year (Fall is my first favorite). If it’s not too humid, the days are nice and warm but not too hot and the nights are slightly cooler – and if you are lucky to live in the country (like I am), nature gives you a nightly light show in the form of fireflies.

Last night, RR (aka Boothbait) and I went to our local roadside burger place for dinner and on the way home, we stopped by a few hay fields to check out the fireflies. It’s still a little early, but there were a few out there winking away, doing their firefly thing. It’s one of our favorite things to do and that’s why every summer, I carry this firefly print in the shop:

Photo is linked to shop listing :)

I remember catching fireflies with my grandmother (the one who taught me to sew), and wondering at how they did that magic light show. We always let them go after a bit, so no lightning bugs were harmed ;) I’m so happy that my back yard is full of them every year so we can sit on the porch and watch them – and I think of grandma Beth, helping me discover the wonders of playing outside. :)

Yes, I’ve posted again – I really am going to try to post once in a while since I do like to share my thoughts on projects and life in general (and shop updates, etc.) in more than 140 characters ;) I figure I may as well give the hackers something to want to steal ;)



What I did this weekend…

I knit this:

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…and turned it into this:

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Pattern: Squatty Sidekick – a free pattern available when you sign up for Knitting Daily. Started Saturday afternoon – finished Sunday afternoon. More project details here on my Ravelry profile.

I also did some spinning – finally finishing the Emerald City from Lisa Souza.  I love this green:

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 I managed to squeeze 350ish yards of 3-ply out of the 4oz hank-o-roving.  Not sure what I want to do with it yet so…into the basket ;o)

Knitting Content!! Wooo!

Sorry for the complete lack of knitting content lately – my life has been just plain crazy between my ‘at home’ clients (people I do bookkeeping for from my home office) and my ‘office job’ along with all the assorted responsibilities that come along with having a teenager (for example: H: “mom, can I go online?”  Me: “It is 6pm, no, you may not go online until 8pm” H: “this SUCKS” Me: “tell me about it – maybe you could *insert parental suggestion to do something like…hmmm..YOUR CHORES…or something that doesn’t involve staring at a box with flickering lights*” H: “That’s just stupid”  Me: “*general muttering about birth control and how having a teen is an awesome way to not want any more teens while eyeing the liquor cabinet*” – that is a pared down version but four or more conversations like this every evening can really take up some time).

Anyway, lookie here:

I made…lace :o)  That is the beginning of Madli and it is a bit longer now, I’m halfway through my first ‘center’ repeat and I know this is taking forever but…see the above paragraph.  I can’t knit lace when I’m explaining the obvious.

And here is my very first piece of stranded/two color knitting:

This is also bigger now – I’m well into the fifth repeat out of six repeats.  This is simple enough so I can work on it while…well, explaining the obvious.  That’s my job now, didja hear?

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