Socks

As promised, I have put the Three Irish Girls socks back on the WIP list. Only about a half inch before I decrease for the toes.

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From the other side

I have finished knitting a stack of washcloths, though I need to weave in ends still.

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And I “found” the TIG socks I started awhile back. Close to done, I need to move these into current WIP rotation.

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But most importantly, I became a grandma! Look how cute she is!

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Sidebar

The conference was fantastic! Downtown Cincinnati has done a lot of revitalization projects and it’s making a huge difference in the vibrancy and safety of the downtown core.  I could have spent another couple days checking out the museums and parks and restaurants.
But I had to come home, so bright and early this morning, I headed to the airport. Made it through security painlessly, had a lovely breakfast, and headed to my gate.
A long series of problems with the airplane left us way behind schedule and I missed my connecting flight when we finally got to Chicago. I was very tired, anxious, and frustrated – and the airline tried to get me on another flight home today but it just wasn’t meant to be. With a morning flight booked, and hotel voucher in hand, I decided to make the most of this delay and headed out to explore Chicago a bit.
Their rail system sure puts ours to shame! My first time in this city and I was able to get across town on two different trains and find a yarn store.

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Bought a few skeins at Windy Knitty and took the salesperson’s advice on a pizza place up the street.
Back to the trains. It’s crazy in places, with buildings right up against the tracks and no walls so that the track bed just hangs over the road below. I couldn’t help but wonder how often rocks fall down onto cars.

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It’s impressive how many people they move around; the trains came every few minutes, roaring down the tracks.
Anyway, I toodled around a bit, looking at buildings. Really liked the narrow townhouses in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood.

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And eventually made my way back to the hotel for dinner and a shower. It’s going to be another early morning, and I have my fingers crossed that my flight is uneventful.

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Airborne

On my way to a conference in Cincinnati!

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Up before dawn means we got to watch the sunrise from the plane.

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Gorgeous views of the mountains.

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And of course, knitting. Good progress on a hat!

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Cotton washcloth

Whipping out a few washcloths for the summer festivals. Easy peasy! I do a modified version of Grandma’s Favorite:
CO 3
Knit across
K1, kfb, k1
K2, yo, k to end *
*repeat until 45 stitches across*
K1, k2tog, yo, k across
Repeat previous row
K1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k to end *
*repeat until 5 st remain*
K1, k2tog, k2
K1, k2tog, k1
Bind off

The two rows in the middle help make the cloth more square. I like this version and have made quite a few; here’s one just past the halfway point. 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

These kind of ‘holidays’ aren’t big deals around our house, but I do refuse to do housework or any real cooking.:) The kids all wished me happy Mother’s day, Son #2 stopped by for a quick visit, and the Girl bought me chocolate (she’s a good egg), and then I did pretty much just did what I wanted: planted some grass seed, pulled weeds, cleared some overgrown parts of the front flower bed, ate popcorn, bought yarn, and started a few batches of soap. Now I’ve got a frozen lasagna in the oven for dinner and I’m about to go sit down with an adult beverage and knit some cotton washcloths while I wait for dinner to cook. It’s a good day!

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Mitt update

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Had an issue with the cable, but got it fixed and finished the first mitt yesterday. They aren’t to fit the intended recipient, so I’ll have to give them to someone with smaller hands.:)

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