I am still in The Middle Place with all of my projects. I am glad to notice that I'm not the only one who goes through this stage in my projects; many of you seemed to recognize it from my description. In looking at the (active; note that I am not counting here the couple of long-term, mostly inactive projects OTN) projects that I have going, I think that I might have one too many. How does this happen? So, a quick progress report:
Urban Aran: This is currently sitting next to my evening knitting chair, as it is not something I can knit during meetings because of the cables. Progress has, momentarily, halted because the unbloggable project is also one that cannot be taken to meetings because of the attention it requires while knitting. But this will be the first one that gets some concerted attention once that's done, as I still have hopes of wearing it to Cincinnati at the end of October.
Elektra: Progress continues apace on this one, as it's great for knit night and for soccer. I'm about halfway through the second sleeve. I would be further, but I got to the bit with lots of color changes just as Older Daughter's soccer game got really exciting (they tied it up 1-1 in the last ten minutes of the game). The colors of this still delight my soul. I find it hard to put it down to knit on the more complex projects in the evening, as I can't wait to wear it.
Rick's socks: These have stalled. I need to spend a little bit of time today ripping back so I can turn the heel again. At that point, it will become good meeting knitting again. This is better for meetings than Elektra because it requires only one ball of yarn. I don't have too many meetings this week (mirabile!), but I do have one on Tuesday and I'd like to have it ready to go again by then. That should happen today. And it just occurred to me that we're going to a chamber concert this afternoon (half-price tickets courtesy of Older Daughter's affiliation with her school orchestra); must have the ripping done by then...
The unbloggable project: Moving right along. This has been my evening project of late, and I got to spend some time on it yesterday in my knitting chair on the back patio, once we were home from soccer and errand-running. It's temperate enough for the moment to make sitting outdoors with wool on the lap not a misery; I plan to do some more of that today (if I can get my chair back).
That's my back patio knitting chair. Here's my view:
It's a little less leafy now, and there are no purple jacaranda flowers on the ground (that picture was taken a while ago), but that's more or less what I get to see as I sit in my chair. I'm looking forward to it.
I also mentioned that we went to the tide pools at Point Loma last weekend while Rick's parents were visiting. The tide wasn't quite as low as it was the last time we went, so the tidepools weren't as good, but we did see an octopus, which we all agreed was well worth the drive all on its own.
Rick's dad and Younger Daughter gave the waves a stern talking-to when they got too close.
Rick's mom and the girls looked for crabs in the cracks in the cliff wall.
And we all scrambled our way into a cavern in the cliff face.
Older Daughter had a moment to herself.
While Younger Daughter explored.
I think it's time to start keeping an eye on the tide charts so we can find a really low tide to head down there again.