I've noticed, while reading my hundred-some blogs through Bloglines (if you don't use bloglines to read your blogs, you really should try it. It's free and makes it so much easier). Anyway, I've noticed that most craft bloggers post during the week and then take the weekends off to be with their families, etc. I'm the exact opposite: My job is super-demanding these days and by the time I get home (8:30 p.m last night) I'm too tired to do much more than read about others' creative exploits. But I'm off on Fridays during the summer so use this day to catch up on everything and do some crafty stuff.
So I'm playing catch-up here. These photos are from last weekend's trip to Philadelphia. I had a writer's workshop for a magazine that I do some freelancing for there so my husband decided to come along and visit his parents. We spent a lot of time in the relaxing back yard (photo above).
I got quite a bit of knitting done there on this sweater I started while in Michigan. It's for my niece Elena. My sister-in-law picked the "Rosebud Cardigan" pattern from Simple Knits for Chrerished Babies, which wouldn't you know requires fine yarn and size 1 or 2 needles (I'm using 3's to get gauge). She picked out this wool sock yarn in a green, brown, and orange colorway, which is definiltely very nontraditional for a baby but it's growing on me. It's a German yarn called "Trekking Pro Natura." We got it at The Knit With, the yarn shop in Chestnut Hill near my in-law's house. I thought it would take forever (and it will!) but it's coming along. I finished the back over the weekend and have moved on to the front.
I'm also working on a baby blanket in pink. It may be for Sophie, or for whoever has a girl next. Seems like everyone is pregnant again (except me, of course), some on their second, third, or fourth child. I'm trying to be patient but we're not hearing anything positive from Vietnam. Not hearing much of anything, to be honest.
Still, I'm trying to enjoy what I really hope is my last summer without children. We went to Millennium Park on Wednesday night with friends Kristin, Jon and Lincoln. Tonight we're going to see a friend of Ed's who is performing at Starbuck's (singing and guitar). May meet up with friends Lourdes and Jason, too. Sunday is my sister's kids' "Rock U" performance. Can't wait to hear my nephew singing Bon Jovi.
Happy Solstice, to those of you who celebrate such things.