Have you noticed that it's getting dark a little earlier already? I have, and I've hidden my smile, lest I get struck with another heatwave! I can't wait for Fall! And then SNOW! But I'm getting ahead of myself. Meanwhile I do enjoy swimming a lot, the only good thing I enjoy during summer time, when going outside means feeling like a roast pig under the broiler. I can feel the sizzle on my skin.
I've been knitting mittens with my handspun yarn for a FatCatKnits mitten KAL. I've wound the second Henry skein, which was spun a little thicker than the one I used for socks, added some Acapulco yarn both from FatCatKnits (fiber), and cast on. The yarns don't match in thickness, but I used it anyway, and it worked out O.K.
I didn't use a pattern, and had to rip back to the cuff a couple of times. I saw the Pole stitch pattern on Ravelry, two of my friends there made mittens with it from a book I don't have. But it's easy to copy. I'm not quite happy with the tip, but I don't like the pointy ones, and this one's got mouse ears. I'll have to do better on the second one, and think about it for future mittens. The fit is good though. I've finished both mitten last night, just have to get them steam blocked and some pictures taken.
It's time to choose my August socks. Right now I have no idea what it will be. I've finished my shawls, well except the Sothia one, which I've forgotten about, put away in a corner. It deserves to be worked on, and soon I will.
I also want to spin again, I think the break is over. I've pre-drafted my River Rock fiber, and hopefully I'll get started on it today.
The other day, I felt like cup cakes, and found a recipe for Lemon cup cakes, with cream cheese frosting. This was VERY lemony, but tasty. I totally kept to the recipe, but I still have to work on my frosting making skills. It was too runny. I don't know what I did wrong, but since they didn't leave the house, it was not a big deal. Now all the evidence is gone anyway.
Maggie, Margaret, Miss Thatcher, Magpie or Googlie, whatever you want to call her, is waiting to go outside. She just sits and stares as long as it takes, for somebody to notice (mostly me). It's not that she always HAS to go, but she wants too.