Monday, we got the call of all calls that every adoptive parent waits for: we were told we could go to Korea to get MR. It seemed the waiting had become so never-ending that we’d kind of gone numb, and just as when we adopted YM four years ago, the call came at a time when we had truly resigned ourselves to wait and we’d really stopped talking about it much. Now comes the mad dash to pack and prepare for the trip, and deciding what to bring and what not to bring; list, after list, after list. Packing and preparing has been seriously set back by the worst heat wave in local history, with this week having temps running up to 109° F/43° C. Temps are usually so mild around here, that in Western Washington state, most people don’t have air conditioning, so it’s been quite unpleasant and hard to accomplish much of anything. This morning, however, I saw the temp had dropped down to almost half that high temp (59° F) and it’s blissful. Now, on with the mad dash to pack and all. We are SO EXCITED to be going!
Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted about much of anything. The wait for the call was weighing me down, the high school reunion that I was on the planning committee for was keeping me a bit occupied, summer activities with my son, the long-running heat, and the list goes on. The reunion was a big success, although we came out a little short on attendance, so we committee members have to pay an additional $25 along with our personal admission fees. I guess I’m going to keep the blog I started for my graduating class, since everyone really liked it. The good thing is that that blog won’t keep me as busy now that reunion is over.
And now, some knitting content (sorry, no pictures)…
After having spent a good week trying to get the right gauge, I’ve cast on for Shawl Neck Cardigan, and I ended-up using US 2/2.75 mm for the pattern stitch and one US 1/2.25 mm needle and one US 2 needle together for the garter stitch parts, because the pattern calls for two different stitch gauges. I’m using Elann’s Peruvian Quechua, which is alpaca and tencel. I like the combination of the soft alpaca and the silkiness of the tencel, I just wish I didn’t have to knit the cardigan with such small needles. I tried knitting this earlier in the year, and realized that my gauge was off and that I messed-up on the pattern, not that I’d gotten very far on it. I’m not sure if this is a project that will see completion this year, but it’s good for now.
I’ve also picked up Bird’s Eye Shawl, but I may end up making it into a small shawl, because it’s taking too long to finish and to knit a row on it, I need a good half hour to do that.
Also, I was recently encouraged to resume Grand Duchess, my attempt at an Medallion Square Orenburg shawl. The encouragement came from my dental hygenist from Moldova, who after asking about it’s status, was shocked to hear me tell her that I didn’t think it was worth finishing. She encouraged me to continue with the project, telling me that as a girl she used to watch her best friend’s mother knit Orenburg shawls, and assuring me that though they are very hard to knit, the shawl I was knitting was exactly as she remembered them. I just don’t know when I will ever find the time to figure out where I was on that project….
So that’s it for now and will probably be for a while, although I may try to squeeze in a post from Korea. We are so EXCITED!