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While I usually stick to my knitting, every once in a while I get bitten by the crochet bug – this time, it was Lucy’s Hexagon How-To that did it. How can you resist such colors, such happiness? I might’ve waited a full 24 hours before finally caving in to temptation and sprinting up to Michael’s for some yarn, but I think saying that I was patient for an entire day might be a bit of an exaggeration! And, I’ve been on a crochet binge ever since, sitting for hours watching old NOVA programs on the computer or chatting with my fellow coffee shop girls during lulls in business.

The colors, in my mind, have a sort of vintage-y feel to them. They remind me of cowboys and the Old Wild West, or at least an interpretation of the theme that you might find on a set of kids’ bed linens. Light blue sky, brown horses and saddles, green cacti… You get the idea. The other night I was waxing poetic about my imagined retro western scene to My Better Half, and asked if the colors give him the same impression. Nope. No way. But the blanket does remind him of his grandmother, he says, who, for the record, he wants you to know, was not a cowgirl. Oh, well.

With every new hex, I find myself falling in love with a different and surprisingly beautiful color combination. I’m not world’s best crocheter, but it doesn’t really matter. Hi, ho, Retroblankie! I could do this all day long.


The Husband – My Better Half – and I had a very relaxing, very lazy weekend, with lots of time spent doing not much of anything, or, when we were actually out of the apartment, doing not-very-productive things like hanging out at favorite restaurants consuming all sorts of less-than-healthy snacks and beverages while watching baseball and creating strategies for finding The Ultimate Church (a long story, I’ll get to that one later). And, while My Better Half was immersed in a few very exciting rounds of Settlers of Catan online, I was able to do quite a bit of crafting! I will show you this week, I promise – I just need to sew the buttons on to a tiny baby sweater (still drying) and put the finishing touches on an apron before the big photo shoot.

In the mean time, not worrying about homework and studies has provided ample opportunity for other thrilling things. Today, already, I’ve done dishes, folded laundry, tidied up the living room, taken Fredrika (my station wagon) for a wash, sewed a bit more on the second apron, and gone shopping! Not that shopping was particularly difficult, mind you – inspired by Lucy of Attic24’s Hexagonal Blanket (the poor woman is going to think I’m staking her, I’ve clicked on her blog so many times since discovering it last week) and the colors in a piece of fabric we saw the other day, I went to Michael’s and picked up a fine new stash of acrylic delight!

The finished blanket will go in my new caravan. I can’t wait.

I know that technically it isn’t summer yet, but since the temperatures have already reached the low 90s here (not to mention the fact that I’ve worn white shoes) I think it’s safe to say that summer has reached Texas. And, since everything is bigger in the Lone Star State, right now we’re having one hell of a storm. We’re talking about a shaking apartment with thunder and lightening shattering the skies less than a second apart, and torrential downpours that have made even this brave Seattleite frightened of venturing outdoors*. So, I’ve spent the morning knitting. I’m up to the Lily of the Valley border on the Swallowtail Shawl, and am almost done with the latest Mindless Baby Knitting project. Next up I’ll tackle Jared Flood’s Koolhas hat (for coffee shop knitting) and this Rauma pattern for more intricate knitting.

This sudden summer storm also has me smitten with Lucy of Attic 24, who makes me desperate to begin crocheting brightly-colored afghans and run off in the Volvo with a vintage trailer in tow**. Summer dreaming, folks. It’s that time of the year again. I’ve got another two weeks of school-free bliss, to be followed by 15 hours of 4.0 GPA maintenance before diving into a fall of math and science. Is it naive to think that some finished knitting projects, a clean house, cheap afghan yarn, and a road trip will help?

*For the record, I’m not scared of driving in the rain. I’m scared of Texans driving in the rain.

**Someone is snorting at the idea of attaching a trailer hitch and a camper to my station wagon. Someone should know by now that snorting only makes me more determined, no matter how ridiculous the idea. Hmph!