Somehow it's already the second week of August. How the hell did that happen? The whole month of June was eaten by work, then David and I went on our FAB vacation, home, family visits NY, then off to my family reunion, and boom, somehow the summer's almost over. Okay, I've decided to try to slow time down. I've wasted the last 5 weeks angsting
about what I will do with the rest of my life. I'm going to try to spend the rest of the summer not caring. I've worked almost non stop for that past 22 years. I think I can take 2 months to figure out the rest of my life.
Right now I am enjoying a Park Slope weekend after a fab family reunion. Once a year (although we missed one last year), my tiny family gets together. My brother and sister and I used to see our two cousins every year and now that we're grown, we still seem to pick up as if we just saw each other
last week. It's pretty great. Usually someone has an old picture of us as kids that we are asked to recreate. Here's this years
So then we made the new generation of kids take a picture that we can make them retake when they're in their 40s
After we got back I was busy catching up with life, and tending the garden. It's looking pretty lush and dreamy in the lazy days of Aug
The Lantanas have spread out and made themselves at home
And, as always, one little sweet potato vine ends up a wee bit overwhelming
One unexpected site was an unexpected visitor. We have a large pot that has composed soil. Part of the compost is our old kitchen scraps which included last year's tomato seeds. You can imagine our surprise when we saw this growing out of the bottom of the pot
That's right, it's a fairly large tomato plant with flowers starting to come in. Crazy. We may be eating food grown from the seeds of last years garbage. If you can't find inspiration in that, you aren't trying
I took my Cotton Bam Boo Smock Top
out of town, because it's mindless stockinette and I don't have to deal with lace.
The last couple of days I've been swatching
for the Lotus Blossom Tank
. I'm using the amazingly dreamy Alchemy Silk Purse.
It's supposed to be 5.5 st/in on US 6. I know I knit tighter in the round, but I wanted to get a tighter gauge. I think the pattern as written is kind of shapeless. I swatched
it on a US 5 and got an insane 28 stitches per 4 inch (the pattern calls for 22), I reswatched
on a US 6 and got 25, a doable gauge to make it more form fitting. However, when I divide for front and back I'm going to have to go down to a US 5 to keep that gauge.
The colors are amazing and it feels SOOOO
good to knit with.
Here's the back of the swatch showing the old "in the round" trick