The Lazy Days of Summer

Looking back, I cannot believe quite how long I have been absent from the blog.  I'm a little embarrassed, but only a little.  We have been enjoying the summer way too much at our house to be too embarrassed.  Strawberry picking, planting gardens, learning to ride with out training wheels, hiking at the park, 4th of July parades and fireworks, and playing with friends and neighbors has kept us light hearted and busy.  

I am finding that the ages and energy levels that my kids are at right now allows the brain very little time to focus, so design work has taken a back seat to pretty much everything else.  Shamefully, I am truly enjoying it!

Although I haven't been designing anything, I have still rarely let a day pass with out some fiber in my hands.  I decided to participate in Camp Loopy this year, which is a 3 month knit along event sponsored by the Loopy Ewe.  You can learn more about it here, at their blog.  Basically, each month for June, July, and August, the store introduces a challenge, with specific guidelines, for knitters to complete one project each month.  

The challenge for June this year was to choose a yarn you had never knit with before.  The finished object had to be out of one skein and greater than 375 yards.  So, I choose to knit the Little House Shawl for my girl, since we have been reading all of the Little House on the Prairie books together.  The yarn I choose, Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, was lovely, and the colorway was perfect for my girl.  I hope she will cherish this little shawl as a special keepsake and remember fondly the time we spent reading the books together.  

I think she loves it!  Another thing this girl loves is our flower and vegetable garden.  Not a morning goes by that she isn't out there to report back any new growth.  She surprises me by remembering the names of the flowers correctly and always notices when something new has bloomed.   

As you can see, we have ben busy out in the yard, enjoying the mild summer after our endless winter.  My husband has officially banned me from any local garden centers, as I took the liberty of tripling the size of our perennial garden this year.  I just keep explaining that next year, I won't have to spend any money on plants because so many will be ready to divide!  

Here are a few shots of what we've got growing like crazy after all of our spring and summer rain.  We are just so glad it's not as dry and hot as last year.   

And in the vegetable garden...... 

Back to knitting...here is a quick progress shot of my 2nd Camp Loopy project, Pendulum.   I promise not to be away for so long again....I've still got more to post about.  Hint, hint, I received a spindle for my birthday in May!