It really WAS fun! For real!
I finished the 3 way fun cowl out of handspun I made from batts I made on my drum carder. The batts themselves were quite chunky, full of noil and sari silk threads and so on. It made for a fun but chunky spin. So, it is SO surprising to me that the chunky bits blended so nicely into a very even yarn that knit up beautifully! Just because it looks chunky doesn’t mean it’ll knit chunky.
3 Way Fun pattern is a long tube meant to be doubled over for wearing. It’s a great pattern that gives you the option of a bunch of different yarn weights, I ended up using the worsted weight yarn instructions, and it worked perfectly. The versatility of the pattern is fantastic! There are also a couple different options for knitting, this one is the all stockinette version. But it can be done in garter stitch or a combination. I had intended to knit the combo, but once I got to the point where I should start the garter stitch, I just couldn’t be bothered. I was knocking out the pattern so fast as it was, so I just kept knitting.
Awhile back, when I did that month of exclusive knitting, I put together a pretty extensive queue in Ravelry for the first time ever. And then, when listening to Dyeabolical’s new podcast, Knit Dye Read, she explained how she picks from her queue using a random number generator. Whatever she picks, she has to either knit, or remove from her queue. Now, that sounded like a very fun idea to me! So when my laceweight singles project was becoming a slog, I gave it a try. Even though I knew it could mean that I would end up knitting ANOTHER laceweight singles project. Thankfully, 3 way fun was what came up. The perfect opposite to laceweight singles. I really liked the random number generator choice for my queue and will be using it again today.
And in gardening? Well, I did pick up another load of rocks and brought them home. But, in the end, Mr. Ink wanted to do some weeding, and I wanted to do a little more planting, and Miss Bug wanted to use the slip and slide.
So, we got her and her friend set up with the slip and slide, and just decided to do other stuff. (I enjoyed capturing this picture, but I didn’t realize what a cute interaction I was catching between Miss Bug and Mr. Ink on this photo, she’s got SUCH a mischievous look on her face!)
I’ve now been in the midwest long enough to know that there are just some years where the heat is truly relentless and almost unbearable. I think the last one was 2012, and in fact, there were a few in a row back then. And then we had a couple years where it’s been exceedingly wet, or cool, or both, and the unbearable days came more like a week at a time, with a break in between, and later in the year. We are already at unbearable, we’ve BEEN at unbearable, and there’s no end in sight to it, so we’ve hit relentless as well. So, we find a way to go about our business anyhow, and our business is outdoors most of the time, because that’s just how my family rolls. We’ll just make sure we are taking extra precautions as we go. Mr. Ink said last night “I don’t want to be outside anymore!” And I said “So go in! We are done here.” And he said “No. I don’t want to be outside anymore….EVER!”
I went for a walk at 10 p.m., hoping to beat the heat. The heat index was still 97F.
Unbearable. Relentless. And I am going to have to find a way to describe it that puts a more positive spin on it. Because it’s EARLY in the year to be feeling this way. At least my plants like it? When we can keep up with the watering that is….