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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Menu Along: May 29 - June 4 (FO and Progress)

The socks are finished! I picked up bah'ar, which had a couple errors in the pattern. The first wasn't that big a deal, the WS rows had the charts worked in the wrong order, but anyone who was used to knitting with charts could catch that. However, there was an error in both the written and charted part of the third chart, though I think I fixed it, and you can see my corrected version in my project notes. The marine layer scarf came out of hibernation for me to work on since then, also. I finished absolutely nothing for MadMay.

Alexander has been working on making me a swift for some time. This weekend, he and Rich put their heads together to finish it for me. They made the pegs adjustable, in the hopes it would work with mini skeins to jumbo skeins. That is my first wound cake of yarn done with my new swift.

I finished The Trial of Job and it was well worth it. It is a quick read, and full of much to enlighten and provoke contemplation. I try not to get too political here, but part of the writing on Job's so-called comforters articulated a big part of why I could not and cannot support a particular candidate in our presidential election:

The difference between the two cases is not a matter of wisdom, therefore, anymore than it is a matter of justice. The difference between Job and his friends is that Job is suffering, while they are "at ease" (verse 5). They have been using this advantage solely to pass judgement on a suffering human being, who differs from them only by the fact that he is suffering. This is a great moral offense.

There were a couple books I tried to start after finishing this one, but nothing that really stuck this week.

Also posting to Keep Calm and Craft On, and The Philosopher's Wife.

We're still busy with guests and end of year activities, so menu planning is a challenge. However, here is a rough outline of what we might eat this week.

We have two major feasts this week, though we had to miss the Corpus Christi procession after church. Our house guests had health issues that would have kept them from walking, and we didn't want to leave them. Since this family was a priest's family, he graciously celebrated the Eucharist at our home, which we were so grateful to share in with them. Today is the feast of the Visitation, so we're still celebrating as a family.

What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up.

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Your scarf looks great and look at that swift? How clever to make your own.
love the lacy knitting project and the neutral color!!
Love the swift! And it's handmade!!! I want a "recipe" for this one!
Hi Lucy!

Thank you, I am really enjoying this scarf. Though, like all scarves, it is taking longer than I think it should. ;)

I am not clever in the woodworking or mechanical sort of way. However, Alexander is incredibly mechanical. He came up with the basic design on his own, and bounced ideas off of Rich, who has slightly more experience with woodworking tools. Together, they came up with the plan and made it, after checking with me on average skein sizes.

We talked about making it folding with hinges, so it wouldn't be so big, but I didn't want something the yarn could catch on, and making an umbrella type swift was going to take a whole lot more effort. So, it lives on our coffee table now.
Hi Karen,

I'm really enjoying the little bit of lace, too. The designer has made a correction to the pattern, but I think my correction to the chart is better balanced and matches the first part of the chart. So, I'm sticking with it.

I'm about 20% of the way through it right now, and hoping I can get it finished before my father leaves, as it is for his wife.
Hi Alina,

I'll have to ask Alexander and Rich how they made it. I know they had ideas on how to make it folding or collapsible, but we ended up not doing that. If you want their ideas for that, I can pass them along, too.
How exciting to have your own swift! Your cake of yarn looks wonderful.
Hi Deborah,

It is exciting! It's the centerpiece of my coffee table right now. I'm so proud of my son, too. It took him and Rich an afternoon to make it, and I know that was mostly because our son is highly mechanical. Rich had the experience with the tools, so he could do that quickly and accurately, but Alexander knows how to put things together. He's fixed so many things around our house. I'm going to miss that when he moves out.
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