It is still a bit early here - not quite 6 a.m. I'm just sipping my first cup of coffee, so still a bit groggy over here.
Do you have ticks where you live? Gosh! I hope not. They are bad this year...so I've heard. Fortunately I have not yet seen any and Tyg has not come in with any. But...Colin picks one or two off himself daily and then last Friday discovered a deer tick (and bite) on himself. That boy had Lyme Disease a decade or so ago when he was living in Pittsburgh. It took FOREVER for him to be diagnosed - not a common thing in Pittsburgh, so no one tested for it. You may remember that I tested positive for Lyme Disease last summer after discovering two HUGE bullseyes on my stomach. Yuck! Just glad that Colin spotted his bite this time and called the doctor right away. He is (I assume) on a course of antibiotics now.
Let's move to a nicer subject - knitting! It is Unraveled Wednesday and as usual, I'm linking up with Kat to talk about knitting and reading. This week I have two finished objects!! First up, the speckled socks are finished! Woo-Hoo
I do like the way these turned out. The yarn is Muse from Knitpicks and the colorway is Enthusiasm Speckle. The pattern is I Smell Snow (Ravelry link) - a free pattern on Ravelry. These move along quickly, the pattern being easy to memorize and only on one needle. I'm not sure why, but the second sock of a pair always moves much faster for me. The first one took me almost 3 weeks to knit. The second one I started Friday night and finished Monday morning!
Also finished on Monday was a dishcloth:
The yarn label was gone, but I'm pretty sure this is Sugar & Cream yarn. The pattern is from Purl Soho (free) and I think is called Waffle Stitch. I used a size 5 needle and wow! was this tough on my hands. I have not made a discloth in years, so my hands are not used to the heaviness of cotton and the larger needle. I need to make some more as most of my dishcloths are in sorry shape. Once they get too worn to use in the kitchen, I find these cloths make great rags for washing floors. Not that that is a favorite chore of mine, but at least I can have a nice cloth to use! I have a ton of Sugar & Cream yarn, so I should be able to knit up a bunch of these in no time (provided my hands hold up).
I'm not casting on new socks immediately. Instead, I am focusing on knitting the French Market Bag (again a free pattern on Ravelry) that I started a couple of weeks ago as well as the Wintertide Shawl I also started the other week. Once again, I have proven to myself that multiple projects for me are not good. It's almost like I get distracted and don't finish anything! The Bag is kind of in a boring place right now - 200 stitches on a round needle and just knitting round and round and round...I almost fell asleep working on it last night. But I vow to persevere. I love the bag and would like to see it finished.
On the reading front I only have 100 pages or so left in Oil and Marble which I highly recommend. The story is compelling and the writing is very good. I should (ha!) finish that soon and I have a bunch of mysteries that I picked up from the library. Some of those are series that I am reading, but one is a book that I have been on the waiting list for months - The Thursday Murder Club. Curious about this one in that there was a bit of hype about it and a very long wait time...but recently some of the reviews I've read have not been that great. Time will tell.
Meanwhile, I'm going to run to the office today. I have some documents that I need to print. At first I was thinking of waiting till tomorrow, but I think that will be a rainy day and I'd rather stay home then. The bathrooms need to be cleaned (again...), so I may tackle them this afternoon. Dinner tonight will be a simple meal - asparagus wrapped in prosciutto and some good bread.
Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, I'm wishing you a wonderful day - enjoy!!