Misc. Monday – The Trouble with New Jersey Summers

Flowers in pots
Flowers in pots

The trouble with New Jersey summers has got to be the unbelievable humidity.  I hate it!  It might be only 81.7°F, but I feel like I’ve been running a 25,000km marathon.  The relative humidity at the moment is 85% and showers are forecast for the rest of the week with cooler temperatures than it has been lately.

It’s not even 10 in the morning and I need another shower.  I ended up turning on the dehumidifying feature on my AC just to feel comfortable in my home.  And no, I haven’t been sitting on my bunny bum all morning.  I cleaned the bunny cage and that is a bit of a task when just picking up a teaspoon is a chore on days like this.

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WIP Tuesday – Asymmetrical Seashore Shawl

Asymmetrical Seashore Shawl
Asymmetrical Seashore Shawl – Try to say that three times fast.

Being in the midst of a hot and heavy summer, I decided it was high time to finish my Asymmetrical Seashore Shawl.  I don’t live too far from the “Jersey Shore”.  As a child I would spend a week with my extended family, enjoying the sun and sand.  When I got older, the trips were mostly with friends in the off-season to avoid the insane traffic.  But the allure of the sea lapping the sands remains with me to this day.  It’s mystical, ethereal, and haunting.

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Misc. Monday – Getting Close to Crunch Time

It’s getting close to crunch time on my Hygge CAL.  The Farm Fair is one day more than two weeks away.  Yikes!  And though I have finished the first half of the cross stitch, there is so much left to do.  So I must apologize in advance if blog posts are next to nothing for the time being.  I’ll try to make some update posts, but I can’t make any promises.

I literally wore my butt out yesterday trying to get the first half completed.  Not exactly 100% completed since I realized after I rolled her up that I forgot three red stitches in the top right corner.  Oh well.  I’ll do them today.

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What’s on My Bobbin? – To Tell You the Truth, Not Much

To tell you the truth, I have less than an ounce of fiber on my bobbin.  Because I have been working so hard on the Hygge CAL, I haven’t been spinning much these last few weeks.  The temperatures are finally more in line with the calendar so looking like a molting bunny doesn’t appeal to me at the moment.  Just now I went into the kitchen to get the fiber to photograph and ended up splashing some cool water on my face so handling the fiber would have ended in disaster.

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Misc. Monday – Procrastination is the Name of the Game Today

Today is a great day for procrastination.  It really is.  I’ve been sitting here staring at the screen in front of me.  It’s not all that hot outside, but my metal roof is really starting to bring in the heat.  Every time I have ventured outside this morning I have been surprised at how comfortable the temperatures are.

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WIP Tuesday – Finally Done with the Single Crochets on the Hygge CAL

Close up of my progress on the Hygge CAL
Close up of my progress on the Hygge CAL

I am finally done with the single crochets on the Hygge CAL that I am working on for the Farm Fair.  Yipee!  Job well done, me! 🙂  Now comes the “fun” part.  Okay, once I get started it won’t be as bad as my pathetic brain keeps making it.

This is just a short (I hope) post about my progress so far.  As I went along, I placed a bright colored thread in the 1st, 10th, 20th, etc. rows so I would have a guide for the cross stitches.  I then tied these threads together to keep track of each part of the CAL.

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Misc. Monday – Fine Weekend for Dyeing

It was a fine weekend for dyeing
It was a fine weekend for dyeing

The weather finally decided to get with the program so it was a fine weekend for dyeing fiber and yarn.  I have been itching to pull out the colors for weeks, maybe months.  However, it has rained more days than not so trying to get anything to dry would have been next to impossible at best.

But this weekend…  Oh, this weekend…  What a fine time to be alive if you are a skein of undyed yarn or fiber!  There is nothing like a good makeover to bring you out of the doldrums.  Okay…  Maybe not.  I don’t wear makeup and no one is allowed near my head with a pair of scissors.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away …or Not

Rain on the deck
Rain on the deck

The forecast for the next forever is calling for rain, rain, and even more rain.  Did I mention that it’s going to rain?  I have no problem with rain normally, but something tells me that by the end of the week I am going to be sick of it.  Rain makes the flowers grow and helps replenish the water supply.  Remind me of this when my head is throbbing from a weather headache.

The dandelions in the yard are doing extremely well with the rain that has fallen.  The leaves are competing with their supermarket cousins and the bun sisters are loving it!  Even the plantain leaves are bigger than normal which is great.

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This Weather is a Drag…

Sleeping Yuki
The only thing you can do in the sudden heat is nap. Zzzzzz…..

I’m going to pretend I live in the United Kingdom and talk about the weather we had this past weekend.  You can chalk it up to the fact that I watched way too many Mumbo Jumbo Minecraft videos.  However, there wasn’t much choice on Saturday.  I could barely move with the sudden increase in temperature and the bun sisters were little furry puddles on the floor.

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