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October 23, 2018


success!
posted by soe 1:23 am

Remember how last week I discovered my shawl looked like this?

Nope

I theorized that instead of ripping back the eight or so long rows that I’d misknit, that since it was only that center pattern that was affected, I could just drop down the misknit stitches and then pick them back up correctly.

The challenge to this is that the fancy hole in the middle of the row is a make-7 stitch (where you turn one stitch into seven), which was going to be more difficult that just your normal use a crochet hook to pick up a row of stitches…

But as of tonight, the shawl now looks like this:

Success!

And now I’m back knitting the final few full-length rows before I start to bind off.

It wasn’t fun or easy and I’m not actually certain I saved any time in the process over ripping back (or, at least, over an ideal ripping back scenario where I get all the stitches on the needle to begin with.

But I was able to do it and the little bit of wonkiness you can see should block out when I’m done, since it’s just a matter of tension on those stitches.

The end is definitely in sight for this project!

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October 22, 2018


homecoming weekending
posted by soe 1:44 am

Apple Picking

I returned home from Connecticut midday on Saturday after spending one final morning with my folks. After a joyful reunification with the cats in which Jeremiah was quite convinced he could lick all that other animal smell off my hand, I biked up to the Cleveland Park neighborhood to visit their library and get a snack. Rudi joined me after he was done with work and since the movie theater up there wasn’t playing anything we wanted to see, we bought some pizza dough from the Italian shop up there and came home to spend the evening in, reading and knitting (I finished two books and zero knitting projects) and watching Netflix.

Today, I hit the farmers market (where the quince are starting to come in), ran by the garden to pick the tomatoes because of tonight’s frost warning (I suspect I’ll have over-reacted, but after you’ve nursed plants along all summer, it’s painful to lose your crop because you bet wrong on Mother Nature), and then met up with Sarah, who drove us out to Virginia for an afternoon of apple picking and cider doughnut acquisition. Rudi made a tasty supper of squash tajine and we ate what I’m guessing will be our final smoothie bowl (peach ginger) from the farmers market this season to wrap up the weekend.

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October 21, 2018


ceiling shot
posted by soe 2:38 am

I’d never noticed this before today:

National Ceiling

It’s the ceiling in the public section of the main terminal at National Airport.

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October 20, 2018


weekend plans
posted by soe 1:17 am

This weekend, I’ve got quite a few plans:

  • Spend one more morning with my folks (which does necessitate getting this post finished soon so I can get the packing out of the way).
  • Fly home.
  • Visit the library.
  • Get to the farmers market. (It’s been two weeks. I’m excited to see what’s new!)
  • Take part in Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon. (I will not be reading 24 hours. But I would like to finish a couple of the books I have on the go and that seems perfectly accomplishable. Also, it’s not too late to sign up if you have some time you can read on Saturday.)
  • Do a Coffeeneuring ride. (Hot drinks! Exercise! New-to-me library branches! Also not too late to sign up if you have access to a bicycle!)
  • Stop at the garden and probably pick a few tomatoes and a few peppers.
  • Go apple picking with Sarah. (Our annual foray!)
  • Eat cider doughnuts (from our annual foray)!
  • Watch a film — maybe on dvd, maybe at the movie theater. There are several we’d like to see and my volleyball is getting in the way of seeing them with Rudi on cheap Tuesdays.
  • Finish a knitting project. (Good god. This one is on here like every week…)
  • Hang out with Rudi and the cats, all of whom I’ve missed tremendously this past week.

How about you? What are you hoping your weekend includes?

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October 19, 2018


customer service, clinched, and patient
posted by soe 1:09 am

Late Night Drink

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. The Dunkin’ at the airport was out of black tea, but they didn’t realize that until after I’d paid. They gave me a cup of hot water, because I always have tea bags in my bag, and threw in a couple extra doughnuts for my trouble.

2. I have no team still in baseball contention, but as a New England girl, I’m glad the Red Sox have made the World Series again.

3. My dad is home and doing well, and I look forward to seeing how much better he’s feeling when I’m home again at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world lately?

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October 18, 2018


october knitting — now with 100% more unraveling
posted by soe 1:25 am

Nope

You can see here that I screwed up the center stitches of my knitting. As in, at some point, they stopped being centered.

Fingers Crossed...

I’ve got the four outermost stitches back up on the needles and will need to fix one more normally. Then that final stitch will need to become 15 stitches in the end, all of which will need to be laddered back up, hopefully reentered where they belong.

Check back tomorrow to see how I did…

(And check Kat’s blog for more knitting (and reading)…

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