The Infirm + a Birthday

The infirm:  A1 has been rather ill lately.  Because she’s needed lots of rest I’ve been trying to keep A2 and A3 occupied outside. Our own back yard lost its charm quickly without the pool.  Wrestling that monstrosity out of storage, hunting down filters and chemicals, then setting it up would have taken days, and since I go back to work tomorrow (teaching summer school several hours a day for the next three weeks) time is a valuable commodity.  As a result, my DH and I decided the best course of action was to take them someplace nearby. That way my oldest could get sleep and the younger girls wouldn’t be bored silly. Saturday we went to the Vancouver Farmer’s Market, followed by free time in Esther Short Park.

While there I spied a trio of knitters. Much to the embarrassment of my girls, I imposed myself upon the strangers in order to admire and fondle their projects.  One of the ladies just happens to be a knit designer, and none of them seemed too freaked out when I descended upon them.  They were all working on delightfully beautiful projects. My curiosity is piqued to see what the vest (pattern designed by afore-mentioned knit designer, and being knitted by another of the trio) turns out like.  The collar on the “test vest” used a color-work method where two strands of contrasting yarn were held together for a portion of the kntting, and then short rows were used to turn the work back and forth, until the colored section was completed.  I’m not sure how the edges are picked up to continue the background colors, but there were no holes, gaps or puckering.  It was wonderful and I want to learn this technique.

Both yesterday and today I’ve tried to knit as much as possible. The tank top I’m making out of left-over Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Wool is limping along.  Actually, considering that it’s being knitted on size 1 needles, it really isn’t growing that slow.  I’m just impatient.  Once works starts then play time is virtually non-existent.  A few rows were added here…

and there…

and even in here!

My sister still doesn’t have her new loom.  Plans to deliver it on Sunday were thwarted by medical issues the night before, followed by engine troubles in the morning.

I spun for about 3 hours over the weekend.  The wool is Ashland Bay Merino Top in Baltic Blue. I adore the subtle undercurrents of yellow, green and red.  They add depth to the yarn without making it take on a tweed look.  The end goal is to produce a worsted weight sized yarn when three-plied together (not using a chain ply).

The birthday: Today my younger brother celebrates another trip around the  sun.  He enjoys fishing and woodworking, when his isn’t ferrying kids to and fro, or otherwise working.  Happy birthday David!

Sounds like folks to the south-east of us are enjoying a doozy of a storm.  Luckily we dodged that bullet. 

Off to visit with A1.  Hopefully she’ll be better soon.




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5 responses to “The Infirm + a Birthday

  1. Karen O

    Sorry to hear that A1 is still under the weather. I hope whatever it is passes quickly and she can get back to enjoying summer! Hugs to all!

  2. Sounds like you had a wonderful day. Sorry about A1. It’s miserable being sick in the summer especially. We had pretty much the same feelings about putting the pool up. There’s always next year. Hope daughter is feeling better very soon. Have a beautiful week.

  3. knitwonpurltoo

    Hope the kidlet gets better soon. Poor sweetie. And, please enjoy the little time off you have left.

  4. Roxie Matthews

    A1 might enjoy audio books while convalescing. You can check them out from the library in different formats – on cassette tapes or as e-books. If nothing else, it’s wonderful to have someone read you to sleep.

    End of term she was in a flurry of activity. She really DOES need to just lie down for a while. So do you, but someone will need to break your knees to make you do it, and we all love you too much to try that.

    The new tank top is awesome. Size 1 needles take forever, but the fabric is so light and luscious when you’re done.

    ADORE the leaping fishes and water nymphs photo. Such graceful girls! And with wonderful senses of humor, too. Hugs to you all!

  5. Gillian

    Gorgeous blue yarn! I love the coloured hints. Looking forward to see how it knits up.
    Cheers Gillian

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