Monday, July 10, 2006

V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N ...... is OVER

Today is the last day of my 10 day vacation. We didn't go anywhere special, but I got to relax (I really needed that), read, and knit.

On the knitting front, I was away on business in Baltimore (the week before vacation) and took along an afghan that I started awhile ago. You knit it in strips and sew it together. It's a really easy pattern so it was great to take along on this trip. I got quite a lot knitted so I kept going with it this past week.

I'm using Reynolds Utopia yarn and will knit three navy strips and two camel strips. Three down and two to go. The picture below shows how the strips would look once they are sewed together. I will add a navy strip on the end of each camel strip.

This is the fourth strip I am working on. Only 36 stitches on the needle, so it knits up fast. Just like knitting a dishcloth only longer. My goal for completing this is the end of August.

I worked on my shrug. It's going better now and getting longer. The picture is a little blury, but here it is.

I have been progressing on my half-pi shawl, but didn't really knit anything this week since I was on a roll with the afghan. I am going to have to block this once it's completed. I never did that before. Wonder if anyone has a great recommendation for a blocking board or some other means of doing that?

I was able to finish three books this week. I read the following:

The Devil Wears Prada - Lauren Weisberger (good book but maybe a little over the top - although I am sure there are some bosses who are like that).

Everyone Worth Knowing - Lauren Weisberger (enjoyed this one too).

Twelve Sharp - Janet Evanvich ( loved this one and I read it fairly quickly, now I have to wait forever for her next one).

I started to read Swapping Lives by Jane Green.

Well, I have my to do list to get through today since I procrastinated all week. Hopefully, I can get some knitting in today.