In the middle of June my family moved from one mountain top to the neighboring mountain top, only this one is several hundred feet higher and the temperature is cooler. This will be our first holiday here and so far it’s been an interesting one. There is an art festival being held in the center of the village (it’s too small to be called a town) which is at the beginning of the street where we live now.
I love it here; it’s quiet and there is a LOT of wildlife around close. How close? How about red-tailed hawks and deer in your back yard? Not at the same time, of course. And ticks, and granddaddy long leg spiders are in abundance. When my cat, Monkee, comes in from gallivanting around, she has to be checked for ticks unless you want to find one on yourself later. At least I have reached a point where I don’t screech and yell, “Get it off of me!”
My across the street neighbor has a bluebird box in their front yard and this week I have been enjoying watching the parents fly in and out of the nest. I remember when sighting the bluebird became a rare occurrence because they were being decimated by the effects of DDT. So it is a special thing for me to see the beautiful Eastern Bluebird so close.
For about three weeks while in the middle of moving I did not pick up anything to knit! Unbelievable that I could go that long without knitting. Since I began knitting obsessively about five years ago, I do not believe that I have gone that long without picking up my knitting needles. What is interesting are the differences found in knitting my current two projects. A simple ribbed tee-shirt is knit in the Plymouth Yarn Bella Colour, an aran weight cotton and acrylic blend which makes my right thumb sore and painful. However, while knitting the Lily Chin Chelsea, a 5-ply sport weight blend of merino wool, cotton and acrylic does not cause any pain and soreness. As a result, I’ve put away the PY yarn and am working to finish the Charlotte v-neck raglan tee-shirt designed by Rosemary Drysdale. I am working on both sleeves as the same time using circular needles. This way, once I finish one sleeve I will also be finishing the second sleeve and the sweater will be ready to block and seam!