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Archive for July, 2018

Babysitting and Dogsitting

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

The Baby spent the night. So did Baloo the dog. She crowed over him, patting his lustrous fur and grinning and giggling. We sang songs and read stories and played games. In the morning, after getting up a couple of times to feed her and calm her, I was not fully awake. I lay down […]

Rainy Sunday

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

#1 son and his kids came over to visit. They told us all about their vacation in the mountains. They had a good visit with their dog, too, but left him with me since #1 son and DIL are heading to Chicago next. #1 daughter and her kid are coming to dinner. I’m thinking curry. […]

July Productivity

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

I use Rescue Time to track my work hours. It monitors my activity at the computer, subtracts things like email and shopping (who me?) and tracks the time I spend actually writing or doing research or design work. My goal is to accomplish 5 hours a day of such work. I have done enough hours […]

Plage de la Greve Rose

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

Here’s my current project. I’m starting with the dress. The yarn is Salade de fruits from La Droguerie. I’m using size 0 needles. I pinned out the hem — it’s just a couple of rows of garter stitch (Kalido yarn, colorway Rose Coral) so it won’t lie flat naturally, and the curl was bothering me. […]

Next Project

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Next up is the Baby’s new French ensemble. This is definitely a zombie project. I’m enjoying it — lovely soft yarn, the added challenge of instructions in French, and of course the pleasure of making something for my precious little grandchild, the Baby. But I need an epic project to complement the zombie project, right? […]

Finished Quixote Shawl

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

This is the finished Quixote Shawl from the book Wanderlust´╗┐. I made it in KnitPicks Alpaca Cloud fingering weight yarn in violet, using size 3 needles. I love it.

Quixote Shawl

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

Here’s the completed Quixote Shawl, unblocked. I pinned it out with mes epingles from Versailles. They are wicked sharp, and I hope they will do a good job. I resisted buying proper blocking wires and so forth, and I hope I don’t regret that. Here it is, pinned out to the correct size. I like […]

Balloon Head

Friday, July 20th, 2018

I woke at 4:00 a.m. thinking about work. I considered getting up and working, but when I moved my head it felt odd, so I concluded that I wasn’t awake and went back to sleep. When I got up, I still felt odd. My head felt like a balloon bobbing along in an unstable way […]

How Big Is My Shawl?

Friday, July 20th, 2018

This shawl is supposed to finish out at 58 inches by 24 inches. How can I possibly tell? For one thing, it’s lace so it’s impossible to measure it accurately before it’s blocked. I’ve measured the center line, and it is 25″. But it looks small, so I don’t trust that. For another, I can’t […]


Sunday, July 15th, 2018

I’ve been trying out Bitesnap, food tracking app.┬á I found the DailyBurn app (I think it was called Blaance) very helpful — it required taking a photo and then inputting the count of Evil 6. This one doesn’t do Evil 6. It identified and calculates macros and a whole bunch of other nutrients you can […]

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