Playing Hookey!

No, I didn’t go to church today. I should be ashamed of myself. I’m not. Guess the anticipated insanity of the upcoming weeks convinced me to be a little slothful whilst I can.

Or, to come completely clean, I should confess that I spent until about 2 a.m. working on the other one of these:

That second mitten was haunting the back of my brain and while I was at it, I got a nice pattern (this time not from Vogue Knitting) for a fair isle hat – simple two-color pattern – using yarn I found in my stash – some homespun single ball I got at the Sheep and Wool festival about three years ago! I think those colors will be fine – the pattern is called Francis by Fiona Morris. It’s from a set of free patterns offered by a U.K. website called The Inside Loop . Here’s a thumbnail from that site, to show you what the hat should look like (if I don’t mangle it!). No worry, no bandwidth stealing here:

I think the pale lavender should do well with the blue, since the blue has flecks of lavender in it. We’ll see – it’s only a few hours to invest, so how bad can it be?
Since last I really posted here, not much new has happened. Friday morning was a hearing that we ultimately settled, pending the adjudicatory (read: evidentiary) hearing. The rest of the day was fairly quiet – even the phone calls and e-mails were scarce.
But next week will be interesting – I start tomorrow out with a hearing (or two) and then start with visits and something to straighten out at the bank. Tuesday, our firm is on call for new shelters (and my colleage is getting married Saturday and honeymooning from the following Saturday until the end of the month!). So scheduling things will have to wait until I know I have a hearing. Tuesday evening starts bell prax. Wednesday I have a training in the early morning until after lunch, visits and then EfM begins that evening. Thursday is a LONG, busy day at court in which I have to be in two courtrooms at once. Thursday evening starts choir prax. Friday will be a.m. court and one hearing, with a pm meeting at DSS. Oh, and just for fun, we babysit the grandangels somewhere in the mix (this may mean John babysits them for most of the time).
And we’rrrrrre off! I love it! Cannot wait to start music again, however bad I may be – and the discipline of learning is always good for the soul – and the brain, I hope!
In the meantime, I have been knitting along on that blue lace scarf – it stays in my purse or briefcase for any given minute of downtime. No new pics, because the increase is negligible at this point.
So life moves along. I am not doing well on the weight loss, but the busyness of the upcoming week should help me stay on task now. Oh, and before I forget, I am expecting these two darlings sometime this week as well:
I will do a full review when I get them. These (and one other book pre-ordered a few weeks ago) are the only books I plan on purchasing for a long while. I’ve got so much in that department, that it would take something pretty amazing to shake me from my determination to spend for others this year rather than myself. I plan on enjoying to the fullest that which I already have, and not just yarn and books and music. I plan on savoring every minute I have with my family and friends. For some reason – especially in the last month – I have a new appreciation for all that I have and I intend to continue to be grateful for all of it and to live life to the fullest for whatever time I have (and it may be a LOOONNNGGG time given how darn healthy I am).
Enjoy this beautiful day, dear readers. God be with you ’til we meet again!
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Noggin, Noggin, who’s got a Noggin?

Well, this morning has been one with the grandgirls, punctuated by blasts of potty training accidents, Noggin on TV and On Demand, (for which I thank GOD!!!), a Saturday Happy Meal (McDonalds) treat and general messiness ’round the house. Never mind I’ve got two visits and some serious cleaning to do later. I started the morning early; their Dad starts his workday at 8:30 and has to drop them off to us a bit earlier. After showering and dressing, I walked downstairs to unlock and open the front door to be greeted with these lovely sights: It’s fun to watch things grow – even for the second and third times. The weather we’ve had this summer and a moderately decent amount of rain has made for a very lush summer here in Merlin – in fact, as I’ve said to my friend in the Northwest, it looks like we’ve switched weather patterns for a season! I do have to say, we’ve gotten to be more Merlin-esque in the past few weeks with the temperature topping the 90s (Fahrenheit!).
But I digress.
While awaiting an opportunity to get some visits done, I have been knitting on scarves I’ve already started – with the occasional row going toward the fauxcable blue scarf thingie [ravelry link] [other blog link] that travels with me and for the Checkerboard Lace Scarf by Whitney van Nes, that lovely free pattern for which I am using Jojoland Melody in a purpley-green colorway. I should be working on Brie’s Buttoney, Dori’s February Lady Sweater or at least on the blue sampler baby blankie “for Gunther” [not his real name!], but these are fun patterns.   I love the way the green runs into the purple and vice versa – and the stitch pattern, although 20 rows worth and not easily memorized, is really cool.  It’s a nice bit of play knitting,LOL:)  This makes about three or four scarves I have to finish by winter’s entrance on the scene.  I think I’ll live!
 
At least I hope so!
 
Tomorrow Dori is hosting a baby shower for K and S at our house, and I’ve got to get going on a visit or two, so until next time,
God be with you ’til we meet again!
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Oh My MY

As I type this, I am sitting at my desk at the home office, my cellphone at my side, on speakerphone, in the midst of what is euphemistically referred to as a “Family Team Decisionmaking Meeting.” Oy. When one represents children, and one does not agree with the position of the local “department,” (because one’s clients can tell one what they want and my job is to represent THEM, dammit!), one generally is regarded as lower than the lowliest of worms. Anyway, I am listening as I type this to one parent’s attorney getting information from the involved social worker and he’s doing fine without me, LOL:)!
When this old world starts getting me down, and I’m not looking at my yarn stash, I look at these babies:

 

Aren’t they lovely? And they will provide me with endless fodder for the occasional knitting book review. And it’s in the next room from the kitschen, so when I sit down for a my lunch break, these provide endless inspiration:) Just think how much space I’d save were all of these on a Kindle! OK, I can dream, can’t I?

 

Let’s see, what’s new and exciting since six days ago? Not a heck of a lot. Work has been fairly quiet; I’ve had some hearings, and need to go forward on getting some visits and paperwork done as soon as I’m loose from the tether of this meeting I’m in. A trip to the office is definitely in the cards – to pick up court reports, drop off paperwork and files, and in general to catch up with co-workers.

 

On the knitting front, I have finally finished the Tweed Baby Blanket and blocked it.
It has a number of imperfections, partially a product of the yarn’s irregularities (which add to the charm) and my knitting snafus (which do not). I think it will make a nice outside blanket to keep our little grandson warm. Hopefully K and D will like it:)

 

Have also worked about 3 50-gram balls worth of KnitPicks CotLin in Morroccan Red toward the Sandrine sweater for moi:) I’m already at the waist, but I’m not doing the shaping – the ribbing at the waist does enough shaping for me at this point. I’m
hoping I have enough yarn, but it looks like I’m going to need to order about 7 more balls. No problemo – it’s not that expensive!
I also succumbed to the lure of some new laceweight yarn. As one can see from the mini-collage at right – I’ve already wound them into balls. The pale green yarn is 1200 yards of “Lace-a-licious” in Pueblo – a shawl in a skein! It is so soft, I had the ball sitting on my desk for a day or two just to enjoy it, LOL:). The dark blue is Berrocco’s Ultra Alpaca Fine – and it is lovely, with a bunch of other purply highlights that just won’t come through in the photos unfortunately! This is about 420 yards or so and should make a lovely scarf or something similar.
Well folks, my meeting is over. I’d better get cracking on the rest of my work. Take care, everybody – and until next time, God be with you ’til we meet again!
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Well today was not a very eventful one. We had the grandgirls over for another day. And their “other Pop-pop” is apparently doing well enough to step down from ICU to a regular hospital bed (thanks for your prayers and thoughts!) which is excellent news! (So I suppose it’s been eventful after all, LOL:)!
I spent the morning getting things in order for court tomorrow and returning phone calls. Then this afternoon was the first in six months’ worth of doctor visits, documenting one of my many gazillion attempts at weight loss. I intend to do the best I can and have already started on a low-carb regime. Tomorrow I go to the “Y” to get a tour of the facilities so I can finally start some sort of swimming regimen (I like swimming even more than walking, but will also do the latter on cooler days). Not to bore you all, dear readers, but I’m not going to weigh myself until my next appointment in September. OK, enough o’ that crapola….
Inch by inch I’m working on that last stretch of the i-cord bind-off for Jared Flood’s Tweed Baby blanket. It’s really a nice finish – after it’s blocked, it should look quite nice – the feather and fan makes for a nice edging without being too feminine.Pics coming as soon as I’m done!
And before I sign off, take a look at these babies:)
The one on the right is a bit faster. I’ve been practicing my spinning learned last night on this spindle as well. Isn’t it just gorgeous (Oh Lord, I am in such trouble!)
and the bottom picture here is the result of my prior attempts plied with my more current attempts. Interesting that when you ply in the opposite direction in which you spin, the yarn doesn’t get all twisty in one direction. Funny that, LOL:)!
OK, so it’s not something you’d find in an Etsy shop, but it’s my first and it’s not too damn bad:)
Well, not much else is new today. And with any luck, not much will be new tomorrow!
Back soon. God be with you ’til we meet again!
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