Friday, July 22, 2011

The Adirondack Frog

There's all kinds of critters here in the mountains--fish, deer, bears, black flies, ducks, bees, ants, chipmunks, mosquitoes. But this morning I discovered the Adirondack frog.

Two days ago this:

Today this:

Yeah, there used to be the beginning of the armholes. But something was wonky with my decreases. Even though I knew what to do, I sort of made things up as I went along and so, rip-it, rip-it. Hello, Ms. Frog.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Same Old

We've been coming to this cabin in the mountains for so many years, we know what to expect to see:

blue skies with fluffy white clouds

pink sunsets



But here's something new--the Jackie Sweater now has the beginnings of armholes!

My goal for this vacation is to complete the back of the sweater. But, on second thought, "goal" and "vacation" really shouldn't be used in the same sentence--especially when there's ducks and sunsets about.

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Little Bit of Knitting

I packed three knitting projects and, yesterday, worked a bit on two of them.

The Hitchhiker Scarf. I think I'm at the half-way point--though, the scarf never seems to change. Despite that, it's a very soothing garter stitch scarf with "teeth."

And I finally finished the first chart on Wendy's Mystery Shawlette. This was a Knit-Along project that most people finished in early June. It's an easy lace--a good beginner's project. I'll finish it . . whenever.

Later this afternoon, I'll dig out the third project--what I want to be the main project-- and try to make sense of my notes. I'll blog about it in a day or two--but the entry probably won't be all that different from what I wrote last year.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Puzzle Solved

Yep, we're on vacation! In the mountains at the lake. Trees and water. Water and trees.

The perfect vacation dinner. No-bake finger food on toss 'em paper plates.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer Puzzle

Bug stuff, suntan lotion, yarn --- what does it all mean?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Long Time, No Blog

I can't believe it's been more than six weeks since I last blogged! It isn't as if nothing has been going on--rather, too much stuff has been happening.

Over the past few weeks, friends and I celebrated a milestone college reunion. Lots of fun! I look at my friends and I don't see our well-earned markers of the years gone by -- I see the 18 year olds were all once were.

Then, we had old kitchen cabinets removed and new ones put in. What a mess!

Cabinets are up--there's still more work to be done. The kitchen isn't finished and the entire apartment needs painting and a general overhaul. But that's for when the weather is cooler.

Next, I came down with bronchitis. I spent two weeks in a blur of coughing, drowsing and reading cozy mysteries. Couldn't smell or taste anything (except salty and sweet). 1,000% better now, but still tire easily.

However, thank goodness, I felt strong enough to go to Yankee Stadium this past Saturday and see Derek Jeter get his 3,000 hit. YAY!

One thing that wasn't happening over the past few weeks was knitting.

Only a few rows in each project every few days. But now that I'm feeling better and the apartment isn't as chaotic, I'm a bit more motivated to knit.

More about that in my next post.