Phew, we are all moved in. And what better way to avoid the mess of boxes than to leave the house all weekend for the Sweet Pea Festival? Paul and I spent a good amount of time there trying to avoid the heat, rain,and at one point, during the Japanese Drumming, hail!; and watching various musicians, comedians, and dancers. It was fun and a nice break…this summer has been filled with moving and travelling and we just haven’t been able to really relax as much as I had hoped.
In the above photo I’m sporting my second version of Simplicity 4589 which I never did post about. I reduced the width of the neck by about 1 1/2 inches (to do this I just folded the middle part of the neck piece pattern under about 3/4 inches both for the front and back facings, and traced that) and I also took away some of the width in the back (again, folded the middle of the back piece in by about an inch, which took away 2 inches since it was cut on the fold). This one doesn’t fall off my shoulders and I love, love, love it. I used some cool nubby fabric I found at Joann’s (it also has eensy metallic silver stripes that you can’t see)–it was on sale for $2.87 a yard, much cheaper than the nani iro, and is oh so breezy for summer. Fun.
I also brought my yarn along and made up a new hat for my shop. I’ve been playing a lot lately and have about 10 hats ready to go for fall, but I dread taking the photos, editing and uploading, writing the descriptions, etc etc! I will try to get them up there soon, along with some stuff that didn’t sell locally last season (at reduced prices)–moving makes me realize that things just need to leave your dwelling. Anyway, crocheting in public was fun. I had a couple of people come up and ask me about it (I always get asked whether crocheting is easier than knitting) and I am thinking about teaching a class in the fall. I also had one lady compliment my picnic blanket and say that I’d inspired her to get out her sewing machine. We chatted with a lot of people and it was just nice to socialize. Working from home can get quite lonely, and making friends in a new town is always a challenge. I can’t believe I’ve been here for a year!
Anyway, that was the weekend. Above: the notorious tater pig, of which I had 2 (on 2 separate days, thankyouverymuch). From what I can tell, they carve a hole in the middle of the potato, insert a bratwurst, grill or roast the whole thing, then slather it in sour cream and bacon bits. I’ll take it!