I've got a bit of it. I have been working and knitting, but today I have no work, so here's a bit of catch-up.
Josie's had surgery on her toe, to remove a benign growth. Now she's stumping around on a giant lumpy bandage and still wearing her giant collar. We'd really like to leave the collar off, particularly since we're taking the two dogs to the mountains next weekend, but between the bandage and the hot spot on a back leg, she has to wear it. I'm thinking she needs a super, all-terrain foot bandage for the weekend. The vet says she should really only go outside to eliminate and otherwise stay quiet. Fat chance.
And our back steps must be replaced, because they are rotting out from underneath us--and so far the only contractor we have on the hook is the superthorough pest control guy who will inform us that the whole house and garage are falling down around us and we should really spend a hundred thousand dollars to tear the whole thing down and start again. Looking forward to that estimate.
I had a chance to visit with Rachael (and her sisters Bethany and Christy), plus some knitters I'd never met before, and Lala and Maia at the Whoreshoes show in Bolinas last weekend. Jane and I drank too much, stayed up past our bedtimes, and generally behaved in a raucous manner. Jane was shocked to hear me roaring the chorus of "Fat-Bottomed Girls" when the Whoreshoes played it as their encore. Her youth involved a little too much John Ford Coley and not enough Queen. At the show I was knitting on this: the neverending cotton stole. I still have four freaking skeins left! I took it with me to a proofing gig this past week, and while wearing black pants realized how fuzzy and linty the yarn is. Doesn't promise that it will wear well. Here's a closeup of the stitch pattern: which I think is quite elegant. I love the lattice-y symmetry. This is one of the "It's a Wrap!" free patterns on the Garter Belt site, and I'm using Shine worsted in Wisteria (a nice pale lavender). This one is Elizabeth Morrison's Take 2. But sheesh, I'd like to be finished now.
We stayed in a very Bolinas B&B on Saturday night after the show, and Jane got up early to surf. I got woken up shortly after 8 because the proprietors had made a special trip in just to make us breakfast. So I sat in a lovely glassed-in porch eating breakfast alone, wondering whether I was hung over and choking on guilt. (It couldn't be the kind of place where they just leave a bagel and some juice outside your door--nope, breakfast cooked to order, regardless if you are the sole guest in the place. I asked them to box up some toast for me to take to the beach for Jane, and she got a box of scrambled eggs, bacon, english muffin, jam, and hash browns. Which sat in the car for an hour or so after being in a warm oven for an hour or so.) Eccentric service aside, it was a lovely overnight, and no one took it out on us by losing their, erm, composure on the living room rug during our absence.
Sunday afternoon I got to socialize with Janine and Maia again, plus Lolly and Hope, who was visiting from the East Coast. Janine was down in the Bay Area for a quick visit, and it was nice to catch up, and to see John and Ginkgo again. I took the beginnings of a yoga mat bag that I'm kludging together for my sister's birthday at the end of this month. No pics of my current progress, but here's the yarn (plus a bit of my foot, and my back yard): The stitch I'm using is a very simple fishnet-looking four-stitch repeat, and I have about a fifth of the total needed length done. Then I need to figure out how to attach a drawstring/shoulder strap, and what to make it from. Here's a progress shot of the top-down mock turtleneck that I set aside in midJune--I'm ready to get back to that second sleeve:
At my proofing gig for a glossy magazine, on Friday I scored two tickets to see Light in the Piazza in the city. It's not a show that we'd pay to see, but free tickets to a Broadway musical is too good to pass up. The score is lovely (the singing was terrific), and it reminded me happily of our trip to Florence and Rome. The plot, however, is slighter than that of Oklahoma! On Saturday we saw the latest "Pirates of the Caribbean" installment. I'm sure the art director and set and costume designers had a rollicking good time. Us, eh.
That pretty much brings us up to this morning. Any interest in what I had for breakfast? (Flax cluster cereal and fresh blueberries.)