Did anyone notice yesterday was the first day of autumn? Hello??????? Whoever controls the weather in Ohio, it's AUTUMN!!!! It's not supposed to be 90 anymore!!!! We're not supposed to be having freakin' tornadoes!!! Migraine season is supposed to be OVER!!!
But it isn't...I'm typing with one eye open, stoked to the gills on ibu and it's barely taking the edge off. The skies are darkening again, and I'm wondering if I'll need to make a mad dash for the basement like I did a few days ago when the weatherman on TV announced a "possible tornado" just a couple miles away at the same moment the entire top of a medium-sized tree next door blew off and landed in our back yard, severing Pete's shortwave antenna and my clothesline but, luckily, not the utility line. My one consolation is, once whatever this is passes, my headache will go away. Till next time.
There's not a lot to report on the WIP front. I'm making steady progress on all my projects except Evenstar and the Ten-Stitch Rug. Most of my focus is on the three baby blankets I'm working on, and I know I'll catch back up once they're finished. I started the Rivendell cowl and Dragonfly shawl last week, but both projects crashed and burned pretty quickly for insignificant reasons. With Rivendell, for the very first time in over thirty years of knitting, I twisted my join and didn't see it till I was on the ninth row. Since it's not supposed to be a moebius, I frogged it for now. Dragonfly started out really well, but by the tenth row I realized this project will need beads. The yarn is really, REALLY dark, and I don't think the pattern will be very visible without some kind of beading. Now the question is...what color beads? I'm leaning toward either clear or a pale yellow/amber, but will probably tote my yarn to a bead shop this weekend for further research.
I've finished a few projects: Two more Button-Up Neck Warmers
And there was one more bizarre FO...a couple weeks ago, I was going through the closet in my room when I found a little canvas project bag kind of stuffed in a corner. Pulled it out and found this:
Last Sunday, Pete and I drove over to Yellow Springs for the Wool Gathering. I really didn't think I was going to be able to go to this because Wilbur had some bad tummy issues at the end of last week, and I wasn't sure I could leave him long enough to go. Luckily, he bounced back like the champ he is. Pete and I not so much. We were seriously sleep-deprived from his multiple middle-of-the-night trips to the yard. And I was depressed. Way depressed. It seems the older he gets, the more every little bump in his road throws me for a major loop. When Sunday came and Wilbur was back to normal, I was still a basket case and didn't want to go anywhere. Lucky for me, I have this wonderful husband who cut through all that early in the afternoon by saying, "Let's go buy yarn!" And so we did.
Wool Gathering was fantastic! There were four tents of all kinds of fiber-related goodies, beautiful border collies, friendly people. I got to try out several spindles and find one that actually makes it possible for me to spin something closely resembling yarn. Yup, I'm NOT spinning impaired! Pete bought me some yarn and some roving, too. Oh, and a bar of soap that says "Lilac", but really should say "This smells exactly like if you completely submerged your face in lilacs at the height of their bloom and inhaled as deeply as you possibly can". I know because I've done this over the years at every opportunity. Truly amazing stuff!
Here are some pictures. Mr. Sheep was very aggressive about getting his share of ear scritches.
The other thing that was very disturbing was this:
After we left the Wool Gathering, we headed into Yellow Springs (one of our favorite places to shop and hang out even if there's not a fiber festival just up the road). I remembered hearing about a new restaurant that specializes in southern cooking, and after asking directions, we found CJ's Southern Cooking. Fried chicken, green beans, red beans and rice...all cooked to perfection and FRESH - cooked to order, nothin' layin' around under heat lamps. If you're in Ohio or if you ever come to Ohio, this is the place to eat! Jim and Carl are so nice and friendly, you'll feel like you've known them forever.
So, thrilled with my latest yarn acquisitions and happily full of fried chicken, we headed home. When we got there, Wilbur was healthy and happy to see us...and we discovered we have a boarder, Marty Monarch:
This weekend...a reunion concert by some friends at a local club tonight, knitting group tomorrow, and coffee with one of my favorite dog friends on Sunday. It should be a lot of fun! Hope you have a great weekend, too! What's everyone up to???