I just (with Cathi’s help) finished up the last of my DK weight garments for the pattern book I’m working on. If you know me, you know that I don’t often reach for the DK and US5s. I’m more of an Aran/Worsted girl. SO this has been fun-but-hard knitting. Well, not *hard* so much as just time consuming. The patterns are really easy to knit, as per my usual.
It’s nice to have them finished up. A few people have wondered aloud where those will be published, and I’ll tell you more about them when they’re out. You know how it goes. A hint, though, is that they’re knit with Mission Falls’s new DK weight superwash wool.
It’s SO nice to have them finished that even though Mazie’s asleep (my usual knitting time) I’m taking time to do some computing. You know what’s so weird…I spent so much more time on the computer when I worked full time than I do now. Now that I’m working from home, I spend most of my time with Mazie, the rest of it knitting or doing housey stuff like laundry and dusting. (I’m not a neat freak dusting machine, but it’s so windy lately that everything gets covered in sand, inside the house and out…so I occasionally have to clear surfaces.)
Maybe it’s not so much that I’m not working outside the house as it is just that I have a baby!
Next on the needles is a project for Kristi Porter’s new book, “Knitting in the Sun.” This will be knit in Berroco “Love-it,” an aran weight cotton blend.
In other news, We just got back from a week in South Dakota with the Japels. Nate’s dad Marv hasn’t been feeling the greatest lately. He had to go to the hospital a few days before the trip because his blood sugar crashed and his body went into shock that mimicked a stroke. We have all been concerned about his health. This trip was a reunion of sorts…all of Nate’s brothers and their families met up in Rapid City, SD in a cabin in the woods for a week.
I’ve been through SD before, and stayed a night at the Badlands, but had never spent much time there.
We did a lot of the tourist stuff, Rushmore, 1880s train, Deadwood, Moriah Cemetary, it was a really traditional “family vacation.” One of the good things about the cabin was that even though it had all the amenities, including a game room, it didn’t have internet. So we all spent time actually talking and playing games, taking walks together…just enjoying being together. Mazie got to meet all of her cousins for the first time. It’s so fun to see how they all get along and how sweet her older cousins are with her. There are some serious family resemblances. (Especially her little chin! The mini-cleft/dimple is a Japel thing.)