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I haven’t been abducted by aliens… July 16, 2012

The colors of this yarn are amazing! I can’t wait to finish this baby!

…although I feel like I have.

Where the heck has the summer break been going?

Every day since my last post (except for a migraine or two forcing me to shut down for the afternoon), every day has been jam-packed with something (or someone) or another to start, complete, improve, deliver, nurse, sort, tidy, plant, pick, preserve…you name the date, there is sure to be an action verb associated with it. Not that I mind, it’s just that I can’t seem to cram everything I want/need to do into every day (like I’m telling you anything new–surely you know exactly what I mean because you’re doing it all too).

Well, here’s just a few of the “productive” things I’ve been working on:

The Eyelet Puerperium Cardi #1

Puerperium Eyelet Cardi #2

Baby Sweaters! I just lovelovelove knitting baby sweaters. For one thing, they’re fast. For another, you can use lovely (nowadays, washable merino) yarns without breaking the bank, and best of all, babies look adorable in anything you put them in, no matter if the sleeves turned out a wee bit shorter/longer/skinnier than you expected. Ya know?

Case in point: The Puerperium Baby Cardigan. I made 2! And it’s such a simple raglan pattern that I decided to wing it a little and do eyelet edging in both versions just to make it a little more interesting.

Eyelets and vintage buttons, too.

I also made a pair of booties to go with the teal version: I called them “Goody Two-Shoes,” but the pattern name is “Forget-me-not Baby Shoes, by Julia Noskova.”

I’ve made booties before and let me tell you, while they were darling, the experience was not. All those pieces to stitch together.  Sheesh. These were brilliant, however, made in one piece with just one seam from the top of the heel, down the sole to the toe. You pick up stitches along the back edge to make the strap. Made them both in a day, even with daily tidying and dinner-making.

Besides those wooly tidbits, I’ve been working diligently on finishing the UFOs in my stash (actually those might be the aliens responsible for abducting me, in a sense, hahah), most especially I’ve been throwing myself into the amazing “Coat of Many Colors.”

The outside is done, working up the back and across the sleeves. Man, is it heavy, but what a cool, unusual design!

What a project. And at this point, with all the different skeins of yarn and the actual unwieldiness of the thing, hoo-boy. This is a piece that requires the living room couch and a good movie. Perhaps a cup of tea. And definitely Homemade Strawberry Shortcake.

Yes, Bug and I had such fun strawberry picking at Swanton Berry Farm last summer that we headed back there, picked a bunch, and made 3/4 into agave-sweetened jam. That meant we got to make strawberry shortcake with some of the rest. Used Trader Joe’s Multigrain Baking and Pancake mix, swapped the milk with buttermilk, and made 6 drop biscuits instead of 8 traditional rolled and cut out biscuits (mainly because the dough was super wet). Also, I spread the top half of the biscuit with some homemade jam. CR, who doesn’t actually consider anything to be “dessert” unless it’s chocolate (or carrot cake, but that’s for another post), declared these to be amazing and the best strawberry shortcake he’d ever eaten.

I have a bunch of other stuff I wanna tell you about, but instead of making this an e-n-d-le-s-s post, how about I save that for later in the week?

Snoozing in his “tunnel,” Pip has the right idea. Photo by Bug.

By-the way, I just want to thank all of you who’re reading “Legacy of  the Talisman.” I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your time and support, and I welcome your comments.

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