Good Morning All,
It is a gorgeous 56 degree morning out there (at least in Eastern PA) and the sun is up (later each morning).
Last night after dinner and after I had cleaned up the kitchen, I took a bit of time with my glass of wine to sit on the patio and enjoy the evening. The air almost had a chill to it! There was some bird chatter, but it was mostly quiet. I was looking at the apple tree. Our apples are on the small size this year (like our peppers and tomatoes). The deer don't seem to mind and several apples dropped from the tree while I sat there for 15 minutes. I decided I'd best pick a few before they rot on the tree...or get infested with anything...or the deer get them. Many are already insect damaged and some looked rotten on the bottom, but I managed to get a few:
Aren't they pretty? Red delicious (Fletcher's favorite). Fletch bought the tree at K-Mart (of all places) when Colin was a toddler. It was just a sapling, but grew nicely and then started producing apples. For years we gathered them up in the Fall and made applesauce. So Good. Back then, the apples were bigger. Now it would take an awful lot of these to make just one jar of applesauce, so I'm not planning to do that. But apple pancakes are not out of the question and Fletch enjoys just munching on one of "his" apples.
That brings us to this morning - the first Wednesday in August and time to check in with Kat and her Merry Band of Unravelers to talk making and reading. The making in my case is knitting...at least a little bit. I really did have such grand plans for the last week, but alas not much happened.
The Shakerag Skirt is now on a longer needle but only 2 rows were knit. However, it is much easier to knit now (thank you Kym and Kat). My plan was to start Hitch on the Move using "Wish You Were Beer" and "Weathervane" yarn. The yarn has been caked, but that's as far as that went. The purple cowl came out of the project bag. I looked at it and then stuffed it right back in the bag. LOL
That leaves the Allsorts socks. At least some progress was made on sock #1. I have 10 rows until the heel flap, so not too shabby.
I do like the way this yarn is knitting up. The stripes are fun and the colors are keeping me interested (when I have time to knit that is).
Reading this past week was nothing to brag about either. I did finish the awful beach read and then promptly started another! I just thought I wanted something mindless to read. They were both mindless alright. But now I'm about halfway through The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff and am enjoying it. It is a little different than what I thought it would be (not sure what that was) and there are a lot of characters (with names that are not John or Nancy) and at times I'm having difficulty keeping them all straight.
I'm in queue at my library for a number of books and received notice late yesterday that one is available to pick up, so I will head there this morning. I've got a few other errands to run as well (I've run out of one floss color for the big sampler and getting low on a few others), so my morning will be busy with non-work things. Of course, days like this - filled with errands - means not as much time for knitting or stitching. Oh well, it's not a race of a contest. I will get to things when I get to them.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday - Enjoy!!