Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Mid August

 Mid August and dusk falls a little earlier. The evening cicada chorus is less deafening than it was a few weeks ago. The bulk of the tomato harvest is canned or frozen but the plants still produce fruit. Likely I will freeze more but not have enough at one time to make canning worthwhile. After several beastly days of heat and humidity, this morning was cooler with a hint of autumn in the air. 

Last week we celebrated a virtual birthday with one of our grandsons. Micah requested a "Phillies" themed party with his family. My daughter sent Phillies cupcake toppers and wrappers, sunglasses, plates, napkins, and cups to us ahead of time. I made cupcakes and set our table. We put on our Phillies sunglasses and sang (via FaceTime) Happy Birthday to him with his family. We also had a bite of cupcake together. Our little party was the next best thing to being there in person. Micah had a very happy day. Now he is six and headed to kindergarten in a week or so. Where does the time go?

Linking with Kat and the Unravelers this week to talk about knitting and books. I might be doing some unraveling soon. I enjoy knitting on this sweater in the evenings. After I separated off the sleeve stitches and knit an inch, I tried the sweater on and it fits but - there is always a but in a tale of unraveling - when I went to the storage bin to pull out another skein for winding, I discovered only three remained. I thought I had four more. I checked the invoice that came with the yarn and sure enough I'd only ordered five for another sweater that didn't work out. I probably don't have enough yarn to finish the sweater so I cast on a pair of socks while I decide what to do.

I could knit down the body of the sweater and divide the remaining yarn between sleeves. Or I could see how much yarn it takes to knit one three-quarter length sleeve. The sweater has a garter stitch button/neck band and garter stitch takes a fair amount of yarn. I could order more yarn and hope the different dye lot isn't so different that I could alternate skeins throughout the rest of the sweater. This is not a tonal but a very solid color yarn and I don't want to create stripes.  Or I could cut my losses, rip out the sweater, and use the yarn for something else. After all this is just knitting and I won't be freeze if I don't finish this sweater. Here is another reason to enjoy scrappy projects: I rarely run out of scraps and when I do I just join another. I finished the knitting the scrappy shawl with scraps to spare. It needs to be washed and blocked.

I read the Ruth Galloway mystery, The Dark Angel. Ruth, an unabashed middle-aged archeologist and DCI Nelson feel like old friends. This book was more about the characters' stories and less about solving the mystery but it was an easy summer read. I am also reading Wade in the Water, by Tracy K. Smith, the current US poet laureate. In one section, the poems are composed of letters written by African American soldiers during/after the Civil War. They are beautiful and haunting. I love the way she let the words of the men stand as written. I can recommend Smith's short podcast episodes of "The Slowdown." Each day she comments about a poem and then reads it. Her voice is gorgeous and soothing. Her personal interpretations of each poem make me think differently.

I hope mid August finds you enjoying the sunshine and finding something to think about in a new way. 


  1. What a fun birthday party! I love that you were all together in the best way possible!

    I recently had that very same issue with yarn and a sweater - and Ravelry saved me! I found someone who had the same dye lot of yarn I was looking for! You might try that before you rip back!

  2. All I can say about this post is ...............GO PHILLIES!

    Oh and ...............happy birthday Micah!

  3. I love that you celebrated Micah's birthday virtually, truly a wonderful use of technology for a special six-year-old! That is a lovely sweater in a lovely color, so I hope you find a solution that you are happy with. You've got lots of options!

  4. Happy birthday to Micah - what a fun celebration. Your latest project looks so nice, I hope you can find a solution that works for finishing it. I've really enjoyed the Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway books. I'm on hold on Overdrive for the latest. They are quick, enjoyable reads.

  5. What a wonderful way to celebrate a very special birthday at a distance! You have discovered so many clever and thoughtful ways to connect with your grandchildren across the miles. I'm taking notes -- in case I ever become a long-distance grandmother myself. :-)

    Your sweater looks lovely, and I hope you find a solution that works well for you. Personally, I hate the wondering-if-I-have-enough-yarn feeling. It happens a little too often for comfort for me -- and it always seems to suck some of the joy out of the project. (I've found that knitting faster doesn't work. . .) Best of luck to you!

  6. This happened to me - thought I had another skein but it was nowhere to be found. I also love that virtual birthday idea - very fun.

  7. my last sweater I HAD enough yarn and still ran's a bummer for sure. Lovely knitting and I hope you magically find a skein that matches (it's fun to wish). Happy birthday at a distance to your grand son.

  8. The sweater yarn is lovely; have you decided yet what to do? Looked for the dye lot on line? Would one skein, if a different dye lot make that much difference?( a question from a true non-knitter). Loved the FaceTime birthday party; what fun and a precious memory. Thanks for the new to investigate!