05 July 2007

Quiet Holiday (Sort Of)

We had a very relaxed Independence Day. I got some mowing done and harvested some of the garlic I planted last fall (It's either Russian red or Czech red, but I can't remember which I planted in which bed). I made it up into a lovely braid but I forgot to take a pic of it.

I was washing the dirt off the garlic when David called out, "The tour bus is here." Our farm visitors were none other than Lee Ann's daughter, Twinkletoes, accompanied by Lee Ann's mother and her husband, and Twinkletoes's father (Spiff is so much better a catch). Turns out Lee Ann's mom only lives a half hour from here, so it was a short trip to come see the animals.

They had a nice time seeing the 'pacas, though I think Herself had the most fun feeding grass to the goats, which were a bit less intimidating size-wise, and examining the dead shrew that showed up in my driveway, apparently courtesy of one of the neighborhood cats. Afterwards I sent them down to the other end of our road, where I was pretty sure the newly-reopened ice cream place would be doing steady business today.

Other than that, a bit of laundry was done, some Wonder Woman was watched, and we had an all-American 4th of July dinner of stir-fried seitan and vegetables. And I also got through a complete pattern repeat on the wedding vest swatch.

070507Vest_Swatch

The photo isn't great - the drawback to using a pop-up flash at close quarters - but the pattern is quite easy to see. I was going for a damask-ish look and I think I've achieved it. Now to do it in lower contrast colors.

7 comments:

Sheepish Annie said...

That sounds like a pretty nice way to spend the Fourth. All peaceful and quiet...

The swatch is looking good! I think you nailed the look you were going for. It's going to be an amazing vest!

knitnzu said...

Beautiful! Or should I say Handsome!

FiberQat said...

The vest swatch shows a lot of promise, Mel. I'm really looking forward to seeing the final result.

JoVE said...

A very nice swatch indeed. That promises to be a rather nice vest.

About the shrew, my cats do that sort of thing, too. I don't mind that they kill stuff (they are cats) but I do wish they would bloody well eat it. Or give it a decent burial or something. Particularly given how much they torture it first.

Julie said...

How nice that Twinkletoes got to vist; I'll bet she really enjoyed it.

The vest swatch is looking great; you'll have to bring it wiht you the next time you come to Chicks (and....)with Sticks ;-) I'd love to see it in real life.

Tallguy said...

Lower contrast... or maybe with shiny/matt finish yarns? Lots of possibilities! What amazing work!

Jennie said...

I actually like the contrast as it is--lovely! Will you be using the natural-toned yarns you were working in before?