Still one at a time…

I’m trying to work on more than one project at a time, but so far it’s just not in me.

I re-finished the sleeves on the Raspberry Vodka Lemonade, and they’re perfect. It was worth ripping them both back. I took the lazy way out and only re-blocked the sleeve ends. Modeled shot later, when there’s a photographer around. And see the freshly washed roving in the bag? It’s in the queue.

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I’m knitting almost exclusively on the Blueberry half Pi shawl. I was going to knit this on my beloved Lantern Moon ebony circulars, but I quickly found that I needed a pointier tip to work with laceweight yarn. Lorajean let me borrow her HiyaHiya sharps, and that seemed to do the trick, so I bought my own.

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But metal needles are soooooo slippery for this loose knitter! After tinking 600 stitches because I kept messing up the tink, I am back on track. I wonder if I’d have a better time with sharp wooden or bamboo needles to reduce the slip factor, but I don’t want to switch now in case it changes my gauge. I’m 100 rows in and not going back, thank you very much.

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This isn’t really much to look at yet, but I know that blocking will transform this duckling into a beautiful swan.

I do need to set this down and get a few other things going, but I’m not very good at juggling projects. We shall see…

What else is going on? Summer has arrived, today, threatening to hit 100 degrees. It’s the first time we’ve been over 90 this year. I’m hanging out inside, in the A/C. But yesterday I took a jaunt down the Old Columbia River Highway with a friend, and we stopped at several waterfalls. All except Ponytail Falls are right on the highway, so it’s a very scenic drive.

Wahkeena Falls:

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Multnomah Falls:

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Oneonta Gorge. No photo; the end of the gorge isn’t particularly picturesque.

Horsetail Falls (I hiked there last month, too):

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Ponytail Falls (see Pattie under the rock overhang?):

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We heard rustling in the foliage, and saw this little guy:

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For all of you baking in the heat across North America, here’s a little refreshment at Wahkeena Fails!

And I am finally (!) sending out my handmade pay-it-forward goodies. I made them last night, and liked them so much I made one for myself, too. I hope that Susan, Rebecca, and Denise enjoy their handmade gifts, and wonder if they were more timely in mailing theirs out than I was! I haven’t received mine from Mimi yet, so I know that I’m not the only one falling behind.

How are you keeping cool? Can you stand to knit with wool?

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5 responses to “Still one at a time…

  1. Beautiful knitting, Michele, as always. Thanks for the waterfall pics… gorgeous!! How lucky to be so near to them. The sound of running water in the video does have a cooling effect. Been quite miserable here today. Humidity is awful.

  2. It’s been so nasty here I just go out early or late and spend the heat of the day indoors. Cant wait to see the shawl blocked!

  3. Great projects! I enjoyed the photos from your hike too – was nice to see some of my favorite spots from the days when I lived in Portland!

  4. I’m still managing to knit even though it is hot, hot, hot. Baby powder on my hands keeps the wool pulling smoothly!

  5. Wow. You’ve been busy! Spectacular waterfalls. Great escape from the record heat, for sure. The pi-shawl is beautiful. Gorgeous color. Can’t wait to see the new Raspberry Vodka Lemonade modeled. Raspberry is so delicious :D

    Washed roving?