Still here….

I had a mighty busy few days. Wanna know why?

Meet Josie, the newest member of our family! She’s the sweetest, calmest, goofiest puppy I’ve ever met. All she wants to do is sleep on people’s laps and roll around with her toys. We’ve been talking about getting a new dog for a few years now, and in the last couple of weeks we started looking at local shelters to see if there was one we wanted to adopt. We loved her immediately, and she’s now a permanent member of our family unit.

In other news, I finished Harriet the Hippo a good while ago. I’ve been too busy to put pictures up, but here she is!

This was one of those patterns that is just plain magic for me. I really loved working on it, and it came out great. I’ve been showing her off to everyone who comes through our front door. My only complaint was that the pattern didn’t read like traditional Rebecca Danger. It had obviously been re-written by the magazine, and it lost a bit of the Dangercraft Magic in translation. I still enjoyed it, though. The yarn was a delight to work with, as well.

Harriet the Spying Hippo

I finally finished the lacy entrelac scarf! It’s blocked and ready to be admired (not used, however, because it is insanely hot here right now). I’ll have pictures later.

I had planned to follow up the scarf with a pair of dishtowels, but I received a Facebook alert that my LYS had gotten in a shipment of magazines, so I hopped in the car and drove on down, hoping that they would have Knit Simple Fall ’11. It was kind of a gamble, considering I had never bothered to look at their magazine collection before and wasn’t sure that they would be carrying it, but it payed off. The owner was just putting them out when I got in. Understandably, I was crazy excited. I’ve heard a lot of talk about it being difficult to find, and I know that no one else would be carrying it within an hours drive.

On a whim, I also bought a hank of Malabrigo worsted in the Cuarzo colorway. I couldn’t resist. It was calling to me. Mal can be such a temptress sometimes. I’m already a large part of the way through Harriet the Hippo. I have the rest of the head shaping, the nose, and her arms to knit. She’s already got plenty of Hippo personality. Meanwhile, I’ve been watching my way through season 5 of Buffy, just because I  thought it would be fun. I’ve seen it all before plenty of times, but it’s becoming a summer ritual.

Here’s what my weekend has looked like:

Slow Progress

I’m making fairly slow progress on my scarf right now. Well, I say that, but it mostly just feels slow. I’ve knit the first ball, and am working my way through the second, but I keep losing my place and having to frog back squares. I think I’m at that point in scarf knitting where you just want to tuck it in a drawer to punish it for being so dreary. The pattern is fine, but my attention span is short.

I’m already planning my new project! After the unfortunate failure that was my first version of Jerry the Musical Monkey, I’m re-thinking my monkey strategy. I’m going to try him with the blue/green hand dyed that I made in April (May?), and use cream to contrast, a la the Cantaloupe Penelope.

Before that, though, if I get the scarf done in time, I might cast on some dish towels to submit for the fair. That’s just kind of a maybe in my head right now, though.

I haven’t actually taken any interesting pictures lately, so here’s something random. A picture from the road, driving back from the lake.