Summer Monday…..sigh

It’s 9 am and my outdoor thermometer is reading 79.9 degrees……ugh. Henry James may have thought that there was nothing as beautiful as a “summer afternoon,” but in these parts, the afternoons can be beastly. Once the shade has encroached upon the back yard, and the sun has begun it’s decent, that is my favorite time of day. The skies are red and orange, the mountains a dark silhouette against the glow, and the air cool enough to breathe.

Friday evening, DH and I took picked up KFC and headed to Palmer Park. The temperature was perfect, the skies slightly overcast and the park is finally greening up. I took along my Trekking sock for it’s first trail photo-shoot, and after we ate, we had a nice little hike. Along the trail we noticed—for the first time—how many of the rocks have holes; nice smooth divits, some almost egg shaped. We’re still pondering what may have caused them.

The scrub oak is, at long last, in leaf…..

…….but look how dry the ground is. All of the parks in town have removed the barbecue grills, for fear of wildfires. Small wonder.


Saturday, you may recall, was spent at Rock Ledge Ranch at the sheep shearing (if you’re just checking in, read the previous post for details). I’ve been trying since Saturday evening to get the small bit of wool I brought home clean and usable. I’ll spare you the details, but suffice it to say I’ve gone about it completely wrong. In my haste to get it to the wheel I neglected to “read the directions” and have created more work for myself. On the positive side, I am now certain that I have NO interest in the processing aspect of the fiber arts.

Sunday was fairly quiet, I had a long nap, and in the evening I wrote my first post for the Trekking along. After that, I worked on the sock, turned the heel, picked up the gusset stitches and then called it a day. Here’s where I am this morning:

I’m loving the way the colors fade from one to another; they don’t stripe, or pool. And I have to say—I am loving the process (Margene!). Perhaps my boredom with socks has more to do with a boring yarn or pattern. I could knit more socks if they look like this one. I’ve made the leg shorter than the recipe calls for since I like a shorter sock. I’m using 2 mismatched circular needles (the same size, of course) and color #104, to make my first pair of Jaywalkers. I’ve begun to call them my bluejays. They are also filling the bill for my JUNE Project Spectrum knit—gotta love that!

And now I think I’ll pour myself a cup of coffee and see what ya’ll have been up to! Have a great Monday!

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8 responses to “Summer Monday…..sigh

  1. We too are experiencing a heat wave! The basement is the best place to hang out…or the mountains. Looks like your sock is making great progress and it’s nice to hear you’re enjoying it!

  2. This is the first time I’ve seen color 104 and it’s stunning!

    Glad you finally got your stuff to post. Blogger seems to have trouble every other week, doesn’t it?

  3. I keep forgetting Palmer Park = Austin Bluffs (which is what I grew up calling it). So I sat here trying to figure WTH PP was. duh. A geologist could tell you about the holes for sure – I think it’s from the softer material eroding away leaving the holes. Sunned myself for a whole 10 minutes this morning and that was plenty. Oh, the trekking color is beautiful. I’ll add that one to my wish list!

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  6. I keep forgetting Palmer Park = Austin Bluffs (which is what I grew up calling it). So I sat here trying to figure WTH PP was. duh. A geologist could tell you about the holes for sure – I think it’s from the softer material eroding away leaving the holes. Sunned myself for a whole 10 minutes this morning and that was plenty. Oh, the trekking color is beautiful. I’ll add that one to my wish list!

  7. Ha. I can’t imagine how I commented so frequently when I pressed the publish button ONCE!!

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