Thankfully, this coming week the weather will be cooling down into the high 90’s F/35+C. In an attempt to avoid an ice-cream bender, I’ve been eating things like cantaloupe, pineapple, mandarin oranges, etc., for dessert, especially the latter two on cottage cheese. Both cooling and tasty. I put the can of fruit in the refrigerator to get it cold before I put it on the refrigerated cottage cheese. The trick is to get the fruit and cottage cheese to come out even, a spoonful of cottage cheese for every piece of fruit. Nums.
In the knitting news, I have passed the halfway point on the Cobblestone Lace shawl and have started the first repeat of the decreases. Pretty exciting. The border is garter stitch lace, a nice wide lace which I like. It has a scalloped edge and a nice pattern. This is the most recent picture. I’m pleased with how it’s coming along, and what it’s looking like.
I’ve decided to do the Oshara Mystery Shawl Knit-Along which has already started. I got on board late and neither the yarn nor the 32- inch, size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle I’ve ordered for the project is here yet. It’s a four-week deal, and you just get 1/4th of the pattern each week to work on. Each week she blogs about that part of it and people make comments. I’ve already got the first part of the pattern and I’ll start knitting on it when I get the yarn and needle. It’s done in a standard weight #1 yarn, which is a sock/baby weight yarn. The yarn they want you to buy for the project is a blend of 70% baby llama and 30% silk, and it’s a bit pricey. I just ordered some el cheapo acrylic baby yarn from Lion Brand in some nice purples and pinks that will knit up just as well. As I said before, life’s too short to futz with expensive, high-maintenance, special-care garments. The mystery is what the finished shawl will look like, as there are no pictures shown.
I finished the no-beads variation of the pink power hat, and now my 16-inch size 9 needles are free to do my summer cotton hat. I put three braided dangles with beads on it just for fun. I’m going to try to finish up the other three chemo hats I’ve got going, as well as start the cotton-silk hat for me. Busy, busy.