Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Loose ends

The last two weeks have been about finishing up loose ends.  These last couple of weeks before labor day are a period of calm before fall activities kick in to high gear.  I'm taking the time to finish all those knitting projects.  Carefully woven ends, buttons attached and a nice soak are preparing all those lovely hand knits for their new homes.

I am slowly cleaning my way through the house, tossing as I go.  Lest that sound like progress, it is barely making a dent in our "collections".  At least I'm moving forward.  After 27 years in this house, it got a shiny new front door and a matching garage door.  Exterior painting should be completed today with a new mailbox to follow.  Once I get the landscaping cleaned up and some missing plants replaced, it should look much better.  Carpets are being cleaned tomorrow, which usually means some cat needs to barf up a hairball (kind of the same principle as car washing and rain).

I've also made some progress on business tasks like renewing liability insurance, updating records, and getting the accounts caught up.  I finished collecting my school board signatures and was duly reappointed. There were only 3 candidates for 3 positions, so they just appoint us and skip paying for an election. ASU is opening its first remote site in our community with classes starting tomorrow.  As someone who has been involved in bringing them here, I got to be a part of the welcome to students Sunday night.  Pretty exciting stuff for our rural town. 

This is also a time of waiting.  Our second grandson is due sometime between now and September 9th.  His mommy is more than ready for him to make his appearance.  She's already had a false alarm with contractions that slowed back down. Guitar Guy and I are ready to fly out and help in whatever way we can.  I'm hoping Baby As Yet Unnamed will hold off until after the weekend, when Nicole and Patrick are coming to celebrate my birthday.  I think his parents have decided to wait and meet him before deciding which name fits.

Time for another cup of coffee.  Nice chatting with you :-)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Summer knitting

Several friends had grandchildren this summer, so I did some pink knitting in preparation for the next one. This was really cheap acrylic yarn I bought when I first started knitting but it came out pretty cute (and machine washable)
Please ignore the ends I haven't woven in yet :-)  Sunshine yarns Ginny Weasley

 Sweater for the grandson due in September (no name yet)  Gift yarn from Nicole
 Rowan sweater for the fall in Plymouth Encore

 Father/son fingerless mitts for this winter.  Malabrigo Rios gift yarn from my daughter-in-law.  Love how the yarn feels, but not so crazy about all the thin places.
Mitten I started for Rowan from Mini Mochi, then realized they will be way too big for him.  Will probably still finish them after I do my Christmas knitting.

Many hours of Dr. Who went in to the knitting of these items.  I'm sure it makes them better :-)