I can’t say that I’ve been 100% completely relaxed the past couple of days, but I have been trying! I’ve done a bit of driving over on Bouquet Canyon which, if you didn’t know, was one of the areas affected by the wildfires last October. The area has been really dry. Not much green going on out here. We’ve been lacking rain for quite a while and it’s only going to get worse now that summer has approached a little too quickly. But the mountains and the farm areas are still very pretty which leave a deep longing inside. While I was born in Chicago, I really am more of a country girl than a city girl. At least, I’m not a Californian city girl. Maybe if I went back home I would be. But I miss riding horses, the air filled with all of natures secretions, and how time just passes not too slow and not too fast. I never felt like I was missing anything. Even though it isn’t too far from home, I still miss this:
Scout and I took a drive on Friday afternoon, I just had to get out of the house. So we went to the fabric shop for a little fabric retail therapy, (I was good, honest). We had lunch together and stopped by the LYS to say “hi”. And then we hit the proverbial road and just took it all in. Next thing I know I started to hit the “Welcome to Angeles National Forest”. A little foreboding in my mind because once you hit the forest “city” limits, the trees became black. Branches entangled. They seemed to be reaching for the sky. Hopeful for air. Fire is a scary thing people. Especially out here in the mountains and forest areas. With our little drought we are currently experiencing fire is now a common household discussion. Anything will spark a fire out here. I’m hoping that we don’t have the same situation as we did last year. There were wildfires everywhere in So Cal but we were hit hard out here when the fires where West, East and North.
But onto happier topics, like fabric:
I bought a few fat quarters from JoAnn’s a week ago, along with a Windmill acrylic template for the next quilt. But I needed some more browns so I hit the fat quarter section at the quilt shop. I doubt I’ll use the blue fabric with brown birds in this quilt, but I had to have that one. That’s how it starts you know? I know you know!
I picked up some Eco Wool at the LYS after searching high and low for the right yarn for this Wraparound Cardigan that I’ve been wanting to knit the past two years. Three skeins of it will be more than plenty, (how often does that happen?). I decided that this will be my project in August for the 2008 Knitting Olympics. (The Yarn Harlot is not hosting this one, but you can find the group on Ravelry. Essentially the rules are the same.) I figured this would be a good enough challenge. A long, chunky cardigan in 17 days? I’m hopeful. Especially because I’ve been commissioned to knit for a few Etsy buyers. On the list is the Shalom Cardigan, Jayne Cobb Firefly Hat, Golden Snitch Hat (scroll down), and I believe that’s it aside from my test knitting and my own projects. It’s a lot I know, but I have time for most of the items and it helps to keep me busy.
So does this:
I know I haven’t shown many progress photos but I suppose this shows you just how much progress I’ve made since mid May. I’m at the bodice and in about two inches I can start shaping the bust. The Aurora 8 is a pleasure to work with and the pattern has just enough to keep you going and not make you put it down, though the ribbing on 4’s is a killer.
Aside from all the aforementioned excitement around here I’ve had a chance to hang out at the LYS for a few hours. I also finished a really good book and started another last night. I haven’t been cooking many elaborate meals lately but I did find an absolutely delicious, (and simple), Chicken Pot Pie recipe. Shawn even ate the peas, it was that good!
So I guess now come to think about it, I have been relaxing and you know what? It feels great!