The bane of my summer existence, the Celtic festival, has come and gone so I can settle in and enjoy the remainder of the summer. I know there are among you some who simply love Celtic music, but really, two and a half days of it playing outside my living room is a bit much, don't you think? Anyway, it's done for this year.
My birthday is this week -- what I call my Beatles birthday as I will turn 64 -- so my kids were here Saturday for a little party. My daughter and her husband and my son, his fiancee and her daughter(soon to be my granddaughter!). I think being able to be with my grown up kids is an incredible treat because they have turned into such interesting and fun adults. And their chosen partners are terrific too.
We planned to have our little party outside but Saturday brought this --
Rain. And even though it stopped by noon, the grass was wet and it was pretty damp out there.
But we had a great afternoon with good food and an incredible cake my daughter made.
That would be yellow cake with butterscotch ganache filling and chocolate buttercream frosting. And pretty purple sprinkles.
Maybe it is the heat or maybe it is the cumulative effect of having been sick a couple of weeks, but I am about the most unfocused knitter I know right now. I have so many lace projects in progress -- and I use that term very loosely -- and yet this week I started knitting the Summit stole from the Spring Summer 2010 issue of Knitty.
I am using some lovely soft silver silk from Colourmart and I love the clever way the pattern works. I have become an expert backwards knitter thus avoiding all the turning of the work to purl. I am not impressed yet with the ends and will need to devise some kind of edging for both ends. And I do miss beads. It's not like I don't have lots of them in other projects but you, the magpie in me just loves the sparklies.
Here is a shot of the sunset here the other day -- fire in the sky
Felled by a really nasty summer cold, I certainly have been MIA. But I am back now.
I have done almost no knitting in the last couple of weeks. I keep fretting about what dress to get for my son's wedding and then will I complete any of the stoles in progress to go with whatever dress I do get. This is not productive. I have about 6 weeks to figure this out. EEK!
I have been continuing to take pictures so for today here are a few looks at life out my window the last couple of weeks --