We spent last week at the Little House by the Little Lake, and visited bunches of the Huz’s relatives. Unfortunately
, we got rain and clouds for three of our lake days, but nothing daunted, Grandpa took the kids out fishing every afternoon.
Since fishing ain’t my bag, baby, that meant I got to stay on shore alone for a couple of hours. Of course, I couldn’t rest until I finished Harry Potter 7, and then, well, I read most of it over again, but I worked my way through a bunch of Natalie Goldberg’s book Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life and even did several writing stints. One is a secret project that I’ll likely post here later; one turned out to be about the giant banana split my dad made when I was a kid.
Since we spent a fair amount of time in the car shuttling back and forth, I got a bunch done on my Bamboo Shrug, and finished a color swatch for my Mom’s Xmas present. It didn’t totally convince me, so I’ll have to work up another one. Dang.
Now that August came, I feel a gnawing need to get some holiday projects under my belt, especially since we’re on a tight gift budget this year. Last year, I stayed on top of things and had my first big project done by the end of July, Boy, that felt good. I guess I can’t expect to be that organized every year…. But the name of the game is hand-knitted and hand-sewn gifts without buying much extra supplies.
Stash busting, here I come!
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My blue dress. It’s finished except the bottom hem. Somehow, it’s easy to put off that final step.
I also made some napkins, inspired by Bend the Rules Sewing. This orange fabric has been waiting for years in the stash for the right project to come along.
The set has four napkins, but my family got excited and started using the first one right away, so it missed its big photo op while getting washed.
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Erika and I have been thinking and planning about ways to use knitting to help other people, as well as have fun ourselves, and we’re working on a new project together. More news about that soon!
Over and out,