Loved by the sun

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It was a nice dry weekend, after many months of wet weather which means we could no longer put off domesticating our somewhat feral back yard. See here's the thing, in most climates, your lawn requires a delicate touch. You cut the grass long enough to hold in the water it seems to eternally thirst for, and you gently tread across it, being careful not uproot it's slender blades.

Portland grass grows like Homer Simpson's scruff. Seconds after a you've cut it down to the dirt, it's already shaggy again. Leave it for a few *cough-months-couch* and you've got yourself a jungle.

Mowin' the Lawn
1. Overgrown Yard, 2. Dorkus maximus, 3. New Mower, 4. Crazy Thea, 5. Rude little scamp, 6. Thea in front of flowers, 7. What did you say?, 8. Can we come out NOW?, 9. Fetch on a freshly mowed lawn
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But everyone deserves a break from manual labor and we took ours on our front steps, basking in the warm midday sun. I assure you, in those shots with Panda on the floor, she was getting belly rubs just before. She wasn't being left out.

Lovefest on the front steps
1. Sweeties in the sun, 2. Sweeties in the sun, 3. Sweeties in the sun, 4. Sweeties in the sun, 5. Sweeties in the sun, 6. Sweeties in the sun, 7. Sweeties in the sun, 8. Sweeties in the sun, 9. Sweeties in the sun
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Paw Pile

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Thanks to Ravelry's own Frecklgirl for the name of this post.

This is pretty much what our weekends look like when we aren't out doing stuff.

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Personal space, schmersonal space.

Taken with Leo's laptop camera.

Knitting in the Sun

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Kristi Porter's new book, Knitting in the Sun is now available through Amazon and should be in your bookstores this weekend.

I have a piece in there called Aviara

Aviara


I snapped this photo of it with a clashy skirt before I sent it to Kristi, last year. This garment is offered in 8 sizes from 30"-58" bust sizes. See more specs for Aviara over on Ravelry.

I also knit the sample for Julia's lovely linen cloche and took this shot of it lounging at the beach.

Linen Cloche


Make sure you drop by Julia's page to see her gorgeous sleep set.

Piece by piece, patterns from the book are being added to the ravelry page so keep your eyes peeled. From the looks of it, it's going to be a great collection of lovely knits from a whole slew of great designers. I'm glad to be a part of it.

The Leo scarf is done. I cut it off the loom yesterday after work, and sneaked in all the finishing when Leo wasn't looking. A quick wash and cycle through the drier and it went from firm and crisp to soft and light.

Red and Brown Plaid Scarf for Leo
1. Folded, 2. Around the neck, 3. Extra warm like this, 4. Rippled
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I am really happy with the results though the selvages are still a little rough in places. It's getting easier and easier to keep them even which makes the process more fun.

I love this yarn, by the way. It's very easy to weave, comes in oodles of colors and is clearly very colorfast. The red didn't smudge at all even though I soaked it in the hottest water my tap could produce, before I sent it through the dryer. It's quite firm off the spool but it really softens up after washing. Leo's pretty picky about softness and it completely passed inspection.

I lost some size in the drying process (which I expected, it's cotton, after all) but it also made the fabric much more cohesive looking, filling in all the gaps between threads and evening out a lot of little inconsistencies. All in all, I think this is a very practical piece and since it requires less than one spool of each color, it's also a very affordable piece.

Project Specs

  • Yarn: Maysville 8/4 Cotton Warp in (percentage of total scarf in each color listed):
    • Linen: 44%
    • 8dk Brown: 32%
    • Ecru: 15%
    • Cardinal: 11%
  • Weight: 6.5 oz / 184 g
  • Design: My own
  • Width: 13" / 33 cm (after washing)
  • Fringe: 7.5" / 19 cm (after washing)
  • Length: 65" / 165 cm (after fringe)
  • Loom: Ashford 32" rigid heddle loom
  • DPI: 10

Stuff that is making me happy.

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I've got my nose buried in my latest project. The yarn was a little delayed so it's going to be tight, but so far, I'm really happy with how it's going.

So since that project is pretty much all I'm doing, all I can blog about are the other distractions in my life, like, say:

A delicious dinner at Albert Oysters with my guy. It was so good he ordered Oysters for dessert, and then, he ordered some proper dessert.

Alberta Oysters
1. Leo makes a face in front of the day's fresh oysters, 2. Two each of six types of fresh oysters, 3. The remnants of the dozen oysters, 4. Entrees, 5. A second round of oysters, 6. Closeup of the shells
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And my brand new Twist Collective bag, which is made of pure awesome.

Twist Bag

Oh and my dogs, who are also made of awesome.

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Guess who wants a belly rub.

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