Today was another busy day to wrap up the busy week. I didn’t seem to actually have a lot to do, but with visiting friends, running errands and doing things around the house, the week flew by. I just finished baking a chocolate cake and it’s in the fridge right now so the ganache can set up. It’s a bit of a train wreck – I was trimming the sides so the three layers would be even and it’s sort of leaning to one side … ah, it will still taste good!
Last Sunday was a bit cooler and we enjoyed some silliness in the yard late one afternoon. The big fella had thrown the squeaky kong up in the air and Sabrina jumped up to meet it on its descent.
Apollo absolutely loves “buzzing the tower” – he’ll be racing around and come flying at me and just at the last second he’ll brush by me and carry on.
After all the running amok, it’s time to rest:
(I never did understand that … Forrest Gump!) I love Sabrina sacked out and dead to the world behind him.
Earlier in the week we picked up a glider for the deck. All last summer we talked about using the deck more, maybe picking up a little more seating, but we never did anything about it. So we found the glider complete with cushions and throw pillows. It’s very comfortable. Our deck is covered, so we didn’t need a canopy like you get on a swing.
We also picked up a couple of roll-up bamboo shades for that side of the deck. That is west-facing, so after about 4 in the afternoon the sun comes blasting in there. The blinds were quite effective in keeping the deck in the shade.
Behind the two chairs is the rest of the deck, the french doors that go into the kitchen, the bbq, and the steps down to the grass. We’ve spent a lot of time out there the past few afternoons and evenings. (And yes, the thermometer is +30°C but it reads a little hot on the deck for some reason. It was really quite comfortable.)
Apollo and Sabrina are more comfortable if we put their beds out there. King Apollo just laid there and surveyed his domain.
I did find some time during the week to a) rip out the Silk Garden socks; b) cast on for another Not-so-shrunken cardigan and c) cast on some Fortissima Colori socks.
The silk garden socks were just not doing it for me. My gauge was too loose for socks. When I started them with 2.25 mm needles, my gauge was very tight and stiff and I had too many stitches. I went up to a 3 mm and it was just too loose and flimsy. I couldn’t see the point in making socks that would wear through in a few wearings because they were knit too loosely. I ripped it out and will let the yarn percolate in the stash until I figure out what to do with it.
I got some Regia Silk 6-ply when Elann had it on sale a while ago, with a view to making myself a ruffled cardigan. I started that sweater, too and have done a couple of inches on the neck line and upper body. The silk makes a nice fabric. I think I may knit on the ruffles this go round.