The pool’s open and the kids finish school next week. Things are actually growing in my garden other than weeds (thanks to my parents)- there are even blossoms on the tomatoes, green beans and blackberries. We’ve had lots of thunderstorms so I haven’t had to remember to water much. Most of my flowers are growing from seed, so it’ll be awhile before they bloom, but I do have roses (that's Max sneaking in the picture):
and this (whatever it is) in my herb bed:
I’ve finished knitting the Shapely Tank pieces, but went into my usual procrastination mode now that it’s time to sew up and finish. So as always I’ve been knitting other things and looking through patterns drooling over what I want to start next. I haven’t felt very productive, but when I started taking pictures of things I’ve finished recently I stopped feeling so bad.
I got the new Patternworks mag in the mail and had to knit the Gelato Neck Drape Pattern (free on page 13). I used a couple of skeins of ribbon yarn from my stash, but I didn’t like the way the back poofed at the bottom. So I cast on 10 and increased at the beginning and end of each row until I had the 102 stitches and followed the pattern from there. I wore it once and got lots of compliments.
I’m considering pressing it like I did the Shape It! Scarf I knit from the same yarn. It totally changes the fabric- makes it very soft and drapey. I knit up the leftover and pressed the dickens out of it. Here’s a close-up of the scarf on the right and the dickenless pressed swatch on the left. Pressing makes it bigger, but unpressed it has dimension.
More almost finish-free knitting…. A baby set
and blanket and booties for Parkland Hospital in Texas
hats for Ship Support
and slippers- pink for me and red for my sister.
Okay, now I'm stymied. It won't let me add the rest of my pictures. And here I was on a roll. Guess I'll try again later. I'm finally finishing the orange and yellow Booga Bag- my first felted project that I botched by using incompatible wools. One shrank more than the other. I think I may have the problem solved. So back to knitting!