We got a lot of stuff done, but nowhere near everything that should have been done (as the 10 pounds of tomatoes sitting on my kitchen counter waiting to be canned continue to remind me). Archery deer hunting opens in just 2 weeks, so several hours were spent on Saturday morning and today going out to the woods and putting up a couple of deer stands. It's hot and strenuous work requiring copious amounts of profanity. Do you know how hard it is to find a perfectly straight tree that's not too small or too large to support a portable stand and yet it's still near a deer trail? I'm really feeling my age this evening after hiking through woods, weeds and cornfields, sawing limbs and trees with the "Jack Armstrong" saw and climbing up and down the ladder to the stand 12 feet up in the tree. Pulling weeds and filling birdfeeders just hasn't kept me in shape like it used to (or maybe it's all the ice cream and BLT's I've been eating lately???)
Our reward for working so hard in the mornings was to take a couple of nice motorcycle rides. The weather has been quite warm and summer-like all weekend, so we're trying to get in as many rides as we can while it's still nice. I've ridden into November in previous years, but after the middle of October, the days we can still get out on the bikes will become pretty rare.
Switching gears here, I'm going to be teaching a couple of knitting classes for a "Fair Isle Hat" on September 8 and 13 at Kristen's Knits (my local yarn shop). It was supposed to be a two-part class (2 hours for each class), but an error was made when Kristen sent out the notice, so it's two sessions of the same class (each only 2 hours long). I started on the hat last night to see if it was possible to get it done in 2 hours (no - and I'm a pretty fast knitter). However, I've designed the hat with fairly simple Fair Isle patterns and no crown shaping, so hopefully if the students have any experience at two-colored knitting, they will be well on their way to a finished hat by the time our 2 hours of class time have elapsed.
I don't know about you, but I always turn two-colored hand-knits inside out to see how the carries are done (kind of looking at the backside of counted cross stitch, you did that too, right?)
Okay, blogging friends, here's the deal: If you have no aversion or allergy to wool and you've always dreamed of wearing a funky little hat like this, I will mail this hat to the first person who sends their USPS address to my e-mail box (rjknits at msn dot com). The hat is 100% wool and the circumference is approximately 18 inches. And just so there are no hurt feelings, for e-mails number 2 and 3, I will send you a hand-knitted, cotton dishcloth.
P.S. I will have to get this pattern written up by Saturday for distribution at class, so if you want a printed copy, please e-mail your mailing address and I will get a copy sent off to you.
And, hey, did you notice the new picture in my profile section? I found a really fun website this afternoon: www.meez.com and that's how I turned out there. (I was getting pretty tired of that old photograph anyway!)