but not in this house!
School is back in, and it is a very strange feeling to have no-one there. For the first time in 18 years I had no school supplies to buy, no shoes to buy, no lunches to make. I spent the morning assembling bags of my children’s leftover crayons, pencils, pencil crayons, markers and pens to donate to one of our inner city schools.
There is a real dichotomy between areas in this city (in any community, for that matter) when it comes to school supplies. In our stash there were at least four years’ worth of crayons that hadn’t been opened (I kept re-purchasing because each year the supply list called for a bigger set), and pencil crayons that have never been sharpened. It saddens me to think that there are children who don’t even have breakfast before they go to school, let alone get new supplies every year. My children are very privileged, and we have tried to tell them that, but there was always someone else in the class who has more/better/pricier/fancier stuff that my children coveted. I hope the real world isn’t too much of a shock for them. So far Andy is pleased as punch to be a working man (although I don’t want to burst his bubble and tell him that the novelty wears off at some point.). He’s scheduled to work some day shifts so I can have the house back to myself all day.
There has been knitting!
I finished this scarf:
and this scarf:
(both Silk Garden)(and doesn’t Andy make a cute neck model?)
and have a really good start on this sweater:
from this book:
Actually, I have had a couple of good starts on the sweater, because I over-read the instructions and even – gasp – swatched. I thought Stefanie specified a backwards yarn over. I’m thinking too hard. A regular yarn over works just fine- ie wrapping the yarn the same direction as I do in a knit stitch. (makes the purl row a lot easier, too.) I emailed Stefanie about it, and was pleasantly surprised when she answered. I don’t know why it should please me when an author answers her own email, but she did, just like a real person! Then, I had the bottom border all done and decided it wasn’t symmetrical top to bottom: frogging followed and re-knitting is about to take place. Not a big deal, because the yarn is so thick. This is a Fun Knit, although I don’t think the style is me. There is nothing about me that screams “mini”.
The dogs are off to the spa for the day so I really am all alone. I see out my living room window that several of the neighbors are having a garage sale. I would partake, except that I’m still using all my junk. I might take my knitting out a little later and keep my friend Linda company. I’d rather be outside, as it’s a beautiful day and we likely have a limited number of those left. Also, if I’m outside knitting on someone else’s driveway, I don’t have to do any yardwork. Some hornets have built a big nest under the deck, so I’m afraid to go out in the back yard anyways. I’d rather avoid ’em than deal with ’em. (That’s actually the way I live my life in general.)
Gotta go babysit the bread; Mum and Dad are coming home tonight from vacation (Baltic Sea cruise and visiting friends in England) and I want to have some groceries laid in for them so they don’t have to go shopping first thing tomorrow morning. I hope to be as healthy and enthusiastic when I’m in my eighties! (or seventies, or sixties…)