Today's post: Our second summer trip, a knitting project (almost done), a spinning project (done except for soaking), and a few more bits and pieces.
Our second trip of the summer was to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where my SIL has family, and where her family was kind enough to give us all a place to stay for the better part of ten days. It's hard to go wrong with a view like this:
It was an awesome week. We do not get to spend enough time with Rick's brother and sister-in-law, or with our niece, so having a whole week together (and we got to have our niece out here with us for ten days before that!) was an absolute treat. Younger Daughter and our niece get along like a house on fire, and spent three weeks together happily. Do you ever have the sense, even as something is happening, that this is one of those things that your kids will remember later? That's how I felt about this trip, and about having our niece here beforehand; days at the beach, going to the movies, boogie boarding (an achievement for my niece, on the list of the summer's achievements - she got really good at riding those waves!). I always feel lucky when I recognize those moments even as they're happening, and so get to feel grateful both for the moment, and for the memory that it will be.
Younger Daughter also achieved a long-held goal this summer. She became the proud owner of five chickens.
As for me, I picked up a long-languishing sweater, with which I am (finally!!) almost done. I started it last summer, when I couldn't talk about it yet. But the pattern is out, so it's fair game, and I'm almost done with it (hooray!). It's the India Print Henley, by Anne Hanson, in Ann Budd's new book The Knitter's Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters, which I think I will have to get. I don't have a picture of the whole sweater yet, but here's the body:
Last weekend, I also got through a spinning project that I have long been contemplating, with some fiber that I bought nearly two years ago at Lambtown.
And that's nearly all the news that's fit to report. Last Monday, Older Daughter started her sophomore year in high school (!!), and Younger Daughter started middle school (which is grades 6-8 here), and I took over as department chair (probably best not to talk about that, but let's just say that "congratulations" is probably a less-appropriate response than, "ooooohhhhhhh....."). Tomorrow, classes start.
But today, the sun is shining, I have some chicken wire to buy and make into a portable run, and a sweater to finish. It's all good.