Tuesday, August 30, 2016

What A Weekend!

It was grand.  First I have to tell you about Judy’s wonderful swap package.  I should have posted about it last week but I grabbed the beautiful dishcloths and put them to use immediately.  Hard to take pictures of them when one is washing dishes and the other is under a hot pan of BBQ beef.   
Judy also sent a beautiful skein of Peaches ‘n Cream cotton yarn and the pattern for the diagonal cloth, and I’ve already started it.  Thank you Judy.  I’m so happy to have met you and to have found your great blog.  Also, thank you Kathy for the great swap!  I’ve heard others echo my feelings that it was one of the best yet!
Then…dear son #2 graduated with his Master’s degree in Nursing and the family gathered at chez comfort zone to celebrate.  We don’t meet here often because we live in a small cottage style house, but we find that when we all gather here there is a warm feeling of family.  Everyone draws close and the laughter and conversations all run together.  It’s stimulating and crazy fun!!

The menu was well received: pulled BBQ beef with fresh coleslaw on a bun, fresh homemade chicken salad, big green salad with trimmings (cherry tomatoes, grated carrots, green onions, grated Mexican cheese) and salted caramel and cashew cookies for dessert.  All prepared in the cottage kitchen.  I’m tired but so happy!
The back of summer stash sweater is more than half finished—17 inches along.  I am NOT a monogamous knitter so I always seem to find another project while being dedicated to the current project.  This time is it Arctic Wrap (link to pattern on Ravelry).  I haven’t done Fair Isle for a while and this is a bit of a different wrinkle—three strands at one time. 
The yarn kit for the project is almost $300.  Can you believe it?  I have to admit that I don’t usually do $300 knitting projects.  I may have, one time in my life, but the shock has been long lasting and prohibits further madness.  Because I want to be able to wash the wrap, I opted for acrylic.   
Nice, soft “I Love This Yarn” is always a safe bet so I ordered huge skeins of off white, light blue and navy.  It’s going to be gorgeous and OH SO cheap.

Even the pups enjoyed giving wet kisses to family members.  I’m not sure the family enjoyed it as much as Macy and Max did!

Life is good!




kathy b said...

Masters In Nursing. !!!! not an easy task. Big congrats to him! WOW
I'd take the chicken salad for sure and those cookies.

Thrilled you and Judy blog each other now! IT was such a super easy swap! I loved it too.

Judy S. said...

More congrats to your son; that's an awesome accomplishment. Now I know why Kathy matched us up: I'm not a monogamous knitter either and have countless WIPs. You might call it knitter's ADD. Purl Soho seems to be an expensive shop; at least the project kits I've looked at seemed costly. That's a neat pattern though and should be a pretty wrap. I am part way done with a summer sweater, too; but summer seems to be leaving me behind...again. Glad you can use the dishcloths! I loved the ones you made also.

Tired Teacher said...

Congratulations to your son on his accomplishment: you must be very proud of him.

The celebration menu sounds delicious; no surprise that it was a hit with all who attended. I bet Max and Macy enjoyed a couple of. I blew, too.

Love the two dishcloths - especially the diagonal one. The edge resembles picot.

elns said...

Oh so many good things in your post! Swap swag and good food and family celebrations! I might have to incorporate some kind of caramel into my baking this weekend if I have time. hmm. I miss my yarn! cute puppies:)