Tuesday, July 9, 2013

What A Bizarre Week!

I decided to knit a color-stranded sweater for myself.  I have been so good to focus on what I need for the fiber show in October, and I am glad to say that I am caught up with that.  So now onwards with my own sweater.  It is a long-term project, but I am so excited about it.

I can't read the damn pattern.  It is printed in a very dark color and is a tiny print for the chart.  I did enlarge it on the computer after scanning it in.  That helps, but it is still hard to see.

Two of my friends have shamed me into buying the magnifying readers that the doctor prescribed for me last January.  I can read better (with less strain, I should say), but any movement makes me nauseous and makes me tired and headachy.  I decided that perhaps it is the movement that bothers me.  If it is stationary, I can read better.  If it moves (as in knitting) I can't handle it.  I do one row around and that's it.  At this rate I will never finish the sweater.

Of course, everyone tells me that I will adjust to it, and that it will make things so much better.  Yeah, right!

And today I got attacked by a yellow jacket wasp.  And then I discover that the nest is right by the back stairs in the cap of one of the support posts.  And then I panic that Patty will get stung.  And then I monitor her every move out-of-doors.  It has not been a good day.

Everything that I read online tells me this is a serious situation, and I already knew that.  My neighbor came over about 6:30 to check out the situation, and he bravely duct taped all the way around the tops.  I am giving it another day to make sure that the surviving ladies that did not get sealed in the tomb go away.  Then I am duct taping every one of the caps to make sure that it is safe.

I am spinning some English Babydoll Southdown fleece.  I have never spun it before, but it is weird feeling.  It is spongy feeling in the roving, and it is spinning rather tightly.  It definitely is not a long, lustrous fiber, and it isn't very soft.  I am thinking something like gloves from the yarn.  I don't know yet.  I think socks would be too thick and hot for me.  It isn't a difficult fiber to spin, just different than what I normally spin.  I wouldn't advise a beginner to tackle it unless a thick/thin yarn is wanted.  I am trying to control the draw, but it is a bit troublesome.

I wanted to get some mowing done this morning, but I never got started after the wasp sting and all.
It is 85 degrees at 9:35 pm.  We went from cooler to hotter real quick.  Of course, the up side is grass doesn't grow in hot and dry conditions!  Yeah! 

Otherwise, we are doing our usual hanging out in the house during the day and avoiding heat.  Noodles comes in about 1 pm and stays in until dark.  Patty just sleeps. 

My son turns 40 years old this Thursday!  Wow!  Isn't that impossible?

Have a good and safe rest of the week.  I am ready to go to bed and read a while.

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