the best is yet to come

Since last report, I have two finished objects…almost.  They still need blocking…which maybe I’ll get to yet today, for at least one of them.  I had hoped to block earlier this week but…umm…a bit of food poisoning got in the way (I’m perfectly better now.  In fact, I had the mildest case in the family…didn’t even miss work, although in retrospect, maybe I should have taken it as the perfect excuse…)

I didn’t quite manage to finish my Ravelympics project by the deadline.  I tried, but I just got too far behind, especially when I kept making too many mistakes on the second half, requiring much too much tinking!  It is finished, however, except for weaving in of ends and the aforementioned blocking.  The long-neglected Elm Row also managed to reach completion, a mere day later.  I think I finally found a positive for all the startitis earlier this summer – completion of multiple projects in rapid succession!

There are no pictures however…the unblocked state simply doesn’t do justice to the finished product.  So instead I’ll tide you over with the latest sunflower.

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For those of you in the U.S. have a great Labor Day!

well…they're kinda lacey…

There’s been one thing I’ve wanted to do all summer, that I finally had the chance to do yesterday: visit the jellyfish.  I suppose now is the time to confess that I have had a fondness for jellyfish (weird, I know) since my first visit to the beach in third grade.  I felt so sorry for these creatures, washed up on the beach – surely they didn’t want us stepping on them any more than we wanted to feel their sting. So, when the Akron Zoo opened a jellyfish exhibit this spring, I knew I had to go.

There was just one tiny problem…they were really hard to photograph.  They were in a dark room and the tanks were dark to make them easier to see.  Not to mention, they were constantly moving.  These are the best I was able to get:

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(Japanese Sea Nettle)

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(Mangrove (Upside Down) Jelly)

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(Pacific Sea Nettle)

The Akron Zoo has really improved since the last time I was there (ages ago).  They’ve built several new spaces for various creatures (including the jellyfish) and really upgraded their look.  Although on the small side, it’s laid out well, and a nice little day trip.  However, I really don’t need to see another tiger – been there, done that (the football rival of the highschool I graduated from purchases a tiger cub every year to serve as their mascot).

Of course, now I may need to finally get around to making that jellyfish I’ve had my eye one.  Maybe after Ravelympics…

well…they’re kinda lacey…

There’s been one thing I’ve wanted to do all summer, that I finally had the chance to do yesterday: visit the jellyfish.  I suppose now is the time to confess that I have had a fondness for jellyfish (weird, I know) since my first visit to the beach in third grade.  I felt so sorry for these creatures, washed up on the beach – surely they didn’t want us stepping on them any more than we wanted to feel their sting. So, when the Akron Zoo opened a jellyfish exhibit this spring, I knew I had to go.

There was just one tiny problem…they were really hard to photograph.  They were in a dark room and the tanks were dark to make them easier to see.  Not to mention, they were constantly moving.  These are the best I was able to get:

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(Japanese Sea Nettle)

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(Mangrove (Upside Down) Jelly)

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(Pacific Sea Nettle)

The Akron Zoo has really improved since the last time I was there (ages ago).  They’ve built several new spaces for various creatures (including the jellyfish) and really upgraded their look.  Although on the small side, it’s laid out well, and a nice little day trip.  However, I really don’t need to see another tiger – been there, done that (the football rival of the highschool I graduated from purchases a tiger cub every year to serve as their mascot).

Of course, now I may need to finally get around to making that jellyfish I’ve had my eye one.  Maybe after Ravelympics…

past the half

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It’s felt a lot like fall lately. The temperatures have been cooler, I’ve been waking up to gloomy skies, the professionals have started playing football (American) already. And then there was today – it’s warmer, sunny, the cicadas are chirping, and the sunflowers are starting to bloom in my mom’s garden. So, I’ll conveniently ignore that all the local school aged kids are about to start school again (already? they just got out!) and continue to believe that it’s summer.

As far as knitting, I am officially past the halfway point on my stole…unfortunately, I didn’t hit the halfway point until well after the halfway point of Ravelympics!

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I guess I really need to get moving…at least everything is worked out–no frogging and redoing.  The size seems to be coming out right and I have more than enough yarn (my biggest worry).  I’m even still enjoying working on it.  I wasn’t sure how I was going to join the halves.  I used a provisional cast-on for the first half, and my initial thought was to knit the two halves separately and then graft them together.  However, looking at it, I decided that it would be easier to pickup the stitches from the cast on and knit from there.  So far it seems to be working.

Now I just need to get moving if I’m going to meet the deadline. (I can’t believe some people have finished sweaters already!)