FOF: Day 3

September 3, 2010

Beating the heat

Today was a lovely day in the South Bay.  Bill and I had originally planned to go to the beach, but we slept in and were off to a late start.  Instead, we stayed home and relaxed.  We bought a kiddie pool early in the season so that we could cool off on those hot Cali afternoons.  Today, we opened it up and took advantage.  It was perfect.  We sat out there and read, ate the picnic lunch we had prepared for the beach, and read some more. Very relaxing and just what Bill needed to recharge his batteries.

Later in the afternoon, I came in and started working on some projects.  It is Day 3 of my Focus on Finishing and I have already finished three projects!

Whippoorwill, done!

First to be finished was my Whippoorwill Shawl (rav link).  I was able to finish this beauty in eight days.  It was a pleasure to knit, though a little tedious at the end.  Top down shawls tend to be that was as you start with 5 stitches and end up with hundreds, in this case almost 500.  But the pattern was fantastic and I am already contemplating at least two more.  One a gray with navy accents and another a gold with slightly golder accents.  I knit up the medium size in DK weight and it is a generous medium.  It might actually be a large if I were to take the measurements.  I’m loving the yarn, purchased from A Good Yarn, and it’s a colorway unique to their store.  They ship, in case you were wondering.  Anyway, I think this was a great pattern for the yarn, and love the results!

Feather & Fan, again

My second completed project is the Misty Garden Scarf from Scarf Style.  I started this in October 2008 and finished it on September 1, 2010.  I probably finished knitting this in 2008, but it has taken me until now to weave in the ends, all two of them, and give it a bath.  I didn’t give it a heavy duty blocking, but enough to smooth it out.  I originally intended this to be a fall/spring scarf for myself, but I have so many scarves and shawls.  It’s pretty so I’m sure it will find a home.

Reindeer PJs, done!

Yesterday, I pulled out this pair of pajama bottoms.  All they needed were the elastic and to be hemmed.  They are mid-calf length pajama bottoms, for me, in a Christmas flannel.  I started them last November or December, but must have gotten caught up with getting gifts done that I never finished these.  Well, now they are ready for Christmas 2010.

After our relaxing day in the “pool”, I have been working on my tawashi (Japanese term for kitchen scrubbies) and my Brilliantly Bold Chevron Love mittens.  Hopefully I get one of those projects finished tonight.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend, either relaxing or productive or both!

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