They came and stayed, and stayed

This morning turned into a massive clean the house drill. After all, the company was not coming until 1400, so why should I have worried about this yesterday? And besides, to light a fire under the teens takes a bit more immediacy than was reality last evening. The eldest came in early to do all the prep. And we had 25 people plus the family from 1400 until 1830. The weather was beautiful, sailing past 35° with sunshine, the coolers were full and the son ran the grill with an expert hand.

Every where I looked, there were groups of people eating and talking.


The twins, six months old now also came for a visit.


The DH had a great time, which is good since this was in celebration of his 59th birthday. A few days late, but holding something in the middle of the week really does not work all that well. By the time everyone left,the house was cleaned up, I think I had washed every fork twice, and the trash was out.


My knitting had been calling all day. The body of the sweater is now finished and the shoulders are bound off together. I have never figured out why I would want to bind off each shoulder, then sew them together. I like the firmer finish and knowing that the stitches are exactly lined up.

The front, and the back with the steeks still intact.


Now I just need a quiet evening this week when I will not be disturbed for a couple of hours. I am contemplating just doing the sides so that I can knit the arms, then going back and doing the front and back at the same time as I complete the facings.


My sample pair, which I am keeping for me (grin) came out great. I am on to the pair for my pal. I really love this color – Cherry – from Cherry Tree Hill. It is a great merino with a high twist. I am knitting both socks at the same time so that the legs will match. Almost, that is, since I have varied the back pattern a small amount between left and right sock.


They won’t be train knitting tomorrow since it is back to work. I am going to finish up the Serpentines. After that, well I need to look at my Juli list to see what comes next.


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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2 Responses to They came and stayed, and stayed

  1. Kristina says:

    Sounds like you had a fun party. Happy Birthday to your husband!

    I can’t believe how fast you are flying through Kauni – I am impressed. I’ll bet it would be fun to watch you knit – your hands probably fly!

  2. colin says:

    Ooh Holly! FI too. One of my fave things. I have not ventured into steeking yet though.

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