What's been happening?
Well, school started.
Here we see the 8th grader keeping a fair distance from her father on the walk to the bus stop. Notice the carefully straightened hair. Life has been busy with school starting, and "All that that implies. . ." (This phrase is part of our family vocabulary thanks to The Iron Giant.)
But I have made some progress on Am Kamin -- slow but steady. My progress on this HAS been slow, but I am enjoying the work, so it doesn't much matter, except that there's less to blog about. Since I added a few stitches at the side, I'm going to need to re-work the raglan decreases. I'm pretty sure I can do it, but I've been stalling. I actually think my row gauge may be off, so customizing the decreases will be a good idea for that reason too.
I've made more progress on the Central Park Hoodie. This is a better project for in the car and other times when concentration is less than total. I got quite a bit done on the way up to pick huckleberries on Saturday.
Here they are -- the caviar of berries. Huckleberries are, to borrow a phrase from Garrison Keillor, a "private fruit". They're never available in the grocery store, and if you find them in a farmers' market, you pay the earth for them. And I've paid when I can. Our huckleberry tradition involves about 6 hours of driving, taking the family car on a road that actually would justify a SUV, if we had one, a picnic, a few hours of picking, and dinner out on the way home, dressed in our stained and dusty clothes. All that for a gallon or two of berries, if we're lucky. All for the pleasure of jam or pies this winter that bring back memories of a late summer day in the mountains.
Finally, I WON! Though I was never a winner in any of the Amazing Lace challenges, I did win one of the final prizes. Happy day!