knit nite fun, and other scenes from summer

Knit nite on Wednesday was a blast. Good company and productive knitting, and some show and tell.

Lorajean (KnittedWit) brought samples of her new hand-dyed yarn colors, as well as her baby. He was charming, and the colors were great. It was the first time LJ had seen all the colors laid out together; it was breath-taking! The colors are a little more saturated here than in real life; I took the picture with my phone.


Helen (Painted Skeins), our other hand-dyer, brought her baby, too. So cute, but no picture! She was stash-busting, and brought some seconds that she wanted to clear out. We were happy to oblige. Here’s what came home with me.

painted skeins

The purple is called pinot, and it’s a short skein. I’m sure I can find something to do with it, but not a pair of socks because there’s not enough yarn. And I still don’t knit socks with fingering weight yarn! The gray didn’t have a name on it, just a tag that said “knot.” I don’t mind a few knots if that’s all that stands between me and playing with this pretty fog-colored yarn.

Summer is sailing by. I hurried back from camping a couple weeks ago to prepare my house for a house concert. It was the third summer we’ve done this fund raiser event. Music, wine, dessert. How many people can I fit in my small living room and dining room?


Quite a few! You get really close to the music in a house this size.



There was time for some show and tell with the harp . I didn’t realize that a harp gets tuned for whatever key it’s going to be played in. There’s a lever on each string so the note can be raised a half step, at least with this kind of harp. Beautiful music, and a fun evening.


What else? Lots of water. We had a family “intro to sailing” lesson with a local business, Scovare Expeditions. Captain Ian was great, and explained the physics of it to us because enquirin’ minds wanted to know. It was a fun way to spend some family time, too.


The Teen decided to rock the pirate look for the family photo.


And I went kayaking with my friend Vickie, who took these pictures. I was camera-less.

do you like my hat 2

I love my hat. I bought it in Hoi An, Vietnam last summer. It’s very effective as a sun shield. And oddly suited to me…

do you like my hat

How’s your summer?

14 responses to “knit nite fun, and other scenes from summer

  1. I love this post! Such a nice little recap. Helen’s yarn looks beautiful. She needs to start dyeing again. I’m a major fan. The sailing lesson looks like a lot of fun. I’m excited for the boys to be bigger so we can do more things.

  2. Looks like you’ve had a nice summer! Love the pic of the baby laid out with all that lovely yarn. What about a small shawl with your new yarn? Those 2 colors look nice together.

  3. Talk about living the good life! Your hand-dyers are amazing — and have beautiful babies. Music and boating. Great ways to enjoy these last days of summer.

  4. That last picture – you, in the kayak, smiling at us, looking great in your hat. I finally focused on the background, and saw the blue heron behind you. Hah! It’s like the Hidden Pictures game that used to come in Highlights Magazine.

  5. House concerts, kayaking, beautiful yarn – and an adorable baby, too! Looks like you’ve been having a wonderful late summer.

  6. Love the kayak photo — the hat looks GREAT!

    Some day I have got to try kayaking!

  7. You really know how to have a great summer! As a child I always wanted to play the harp, but my parents (quite fairly) decided that piano, violin, and guitar were enough. 🙂

    The pinot yarn is beautiful! I’m knitting the Turkish Bed Socks from Churchmouse Yarns right now, and the pattern’s perfect for a short skein.

  8. I can’t believe you’re still wearing the hat! Shame on me for thinking all tourists bring them home and store them in the basement or give them to Goodwill.

  9. Love what came home with you……and it looks like you’ve had great fun on the water this summer. Good memories.

  10. Sure look like fun, fun, fun! Color and me are BF. Tomorrow will heat back up to 80s and I have yarns wound in hanks ready to be dyed…a dirty romney fleece awaiting to reveal after soaking in cold wash for a week! I need to find my mask…

    Harp is my favorite instrument of all times. Unfortunately, no money and no space to house! It sure makes lovely tune. You are amazing to host a concert at your living room, for a great cause!

    Great way to spend quality time on water…the hat is so…FISHERMAN. Did you catch any fish? LOL Happy summer…it won’t be here for much longer.

  11. How wonderful to have a living room concert. We’ve had a few of those here! Not with a harp, however. I would love to be sailing…

  12. so many fun things! and i love the colors of the yarn you got!

  13. Michele, Delightful post. Vicariously enjoyed being on the water, listening to the music. You seem to be connected with a larger PDX than I, so maybe you can offer me suggestions. I want to find someone to do work on my blog and old website. Seems we’ve moved to the right city but so far I’ve not found anyone. Does not have to be a fiber person! yours, naomi

  14. Looks like you guys are enjoying your summer as much as we are ours! Enjoy!