Sunday, July 29, 2007

Lazy Sunday

Recipe for a lazy, hot, and humid Sunday:

Knit the first set of sleeve decreases. Yes, that means I finished the sweater front last night.

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Then empty the dishwasher, fill the dishwasher, wash the dishes that need to be washed by hand, empty the trash baskets, clean the kitty litter, pick up the bittersweet vines Earle left to die on the driveway, quick before it rains.

Knit the second set of sleeve decreases.

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The sun's come out; I think I'll get a walk in before it rains again, as predicted. So here's a short tour of the neighborhood. First, my garden, from a sufficient distance that you can't see the weeds. Nor the flowers, either, I'm afraid. Take my word for it, the garden looks lovely right now.

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Next, the lake. I live a few houses down from a lovely lake, as you can see.

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But not all of my walk is by the lake - most of it is in a standard small-town neighborhood. These houses happen to be closer than most to the road, and with no big trees out in front, so you can tell I'm walking among homes. Most of the time, the houses are set a bit farther back and there are big maples and such shading them.

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I'll spare you the photo of Main Street, as it wasn't looking photogenic this morning, but here's a shot down my street, just as I turn down it from Main. My house is on the left, just past the first telephone pole and the big sign which says Road Work Ahead on the front (the reason why Main Street is not photogenic these days). You can't see my house; it's set well back from the road, more so than its neighbors.

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Sigh. Back to work. Knit the third set of sleeve decreases.

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Watered the house plants and ate lunch. Blogged about this morning's thrilling activities. Took some aspirin for my knit-weary tendons. Perused the knit-blogging world.

Knit the fourth set of sleeve decreases. This is beginning to get old. And I don't know if it looks this way to you, but I don't really feel as though this sleeve is really gaining much in length.


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Filled out the rare animal report form for a Spotted Turtle I saw before I went to Maine. Planted the Red Elderberry seeds I picked on Matinicus; Red Elderberries are exceedingly handsome in fruit, not that I remembered to photograph any for you while I was on the island.

OK, deep breath. Knit the fifth set of sleeve decreases.

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Cook Penne (OK, I used rigatoni, it was in the house) with Mushrooms, Leeks, and Dried Tomatoes for dinner, from Mollie Katzen's Vegetable Heaven cookbook. I hope it's edible; I've never made it before. I'm planning on making the Savory Corn Cakes, as well, from the same cookbook, once it's a little closer to dinner time. Now, mind you, I'm not doing much cooking these days, I'm kinda bored with it, but on Matinicus, I made the Pasta Shells with Marinated Chickpeas and an Unexpected Ingredient from this book and we loved it! It was perfect! I plan on making it again very soon.

Eat dinner - yum!

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Knit the final 6 rows on sleeve. Bind off. Weave in ends.

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Repeat for the second sleeve ... some other day. And, remember, I have a whole 'nother sweater like this to knit, too. Since the magenta sweater is only going to take three, maybe a bit of a fourth, balls of the Filatura di Crosa 501 (which goes on sale at Elann this Tuesday, btw), I certainly have enough to make a matching olive-green sweater.

However, I'm sick of magenta today; it's back to the baby blanket for me tonight!

ETA: Increases! I mean sleeve increases, not decreases! Geez, you'd think I wasn't paying the slightest attention to what I was doing all day. Thanks, Elizabeth!

3 comments :

Batty said...

Great day, and so much knitting progress!

Elizabeth said...

(Did you mean "increases?" Because it looked to me like you were getting wider as you worked.)

Great progress. You got a sleeve done, some exercise, some housework. Way more productive than many of my days. I still love the magenta, but then, I'm not the one knitting it.

peri said...

Sounds like a perfect relaxing day and your dinner looked great!