I hate bugs. I was outside yesterday watering the plants and was attacked by black flies and mosquitoes. It was a two-pronged attack. One black fly managed to take a chunk out of me right beside my eye. When I woke up today I could barely open it. That whole side of my face is puffy and inflamed and gross. I have been popping Benadryl like candy but the only thing it has done is made me lie down for a nap. Twice. It's actually physically difficult for me to open my eye on that side. It's an eyelid muscle workout.
The others are all itchy, but the one by my eye is a real corker. I haven't looked like this since I took a field hockey ball to the face in grade 9. There's a puffy slit where the eye should be.
It's going to make for some awkward looks at work tomorrow, assuming the Benadryl continues to be completely ineffective.
Anyway, on to the heart and guts of the blog.
I think I left off last time with the project bag from Twisted Daisy Fibres.
Then I got my yarn from the Yarn Enabler's Pencil Crayon of the Month Club. It was, of course, just about the most perfect colour imaginable. It's called Amethyst Wannabe.
I'm not sure if I've actually talked about the way these skeins come. There's the main colour for the pencil crayon leg and foot. There are also mini-skeins: one with the grey and pink for the eraser at the top, and the other with the beige/ecru and colour for the toe at the bottom. So you end up working with three different skeins per sock. It's genius, really.
Last weekend I had to take Princess to drop her car off to be fixed by one of her mechanic friends. His family are fishermen, and there were lots of cool lobster pots at the end of the driveway. So I pulled out my phone while Princess and her mechanic chatted about tattoos.
I love lobster pots. These guys had some of the wire ones and some of the traditional wooden ones. For my 3 readers who don't live on the coast, you may (or may not) be interested.
The sunset that night was particularly spectacular. Unfortunately, there's only so much you can do with an iPhone...
In the last couple of weeks I have finished some socks.
I did the second No Purl Monkey out of the Cyborg's Craft Room Assockilate in the Northern Lights colourway. The photos are dark and not of the greatest quality.
So this was my Box of Socks after I finished that pair.
I have two of those boxes. I bought the smaller one for the box of socks and the larger one for (surprise) yarn storage. It's where all my Canon Hand Dyes minis are currently residing.
I rearranged the Knitting Room last weekend.
My black and purple iris has rewarded my years of neglect by blooming like a champ.
The Lad was in the garden a couple of weeks ago trying to cover up the corms (rhizomes). He pointed out that they were exposed so he had helpfully covered them all with soil. "NO!!!!!" I screeched (along the lines of the Wicked Witch "I'm Melting, melting, melting...."). I pointed out that having the rhizomes exposed is what causes them to actually bloom.
I think I need to separate them this year and replant some elsewhere.
I went out and got a couple of hanging baskets (one fancy, one fairly plain) and a few annuals. I spent a day weeding and trying to get the garden looking not quite so embarrassing. I hate being "that house" on the block - the one which everyone thinks is an eyesore. But come to think of it, not many of my neighbours have done anything in the way of planters or boxes and many have only a few perennials. And in fairness, now that the lad's summer tires are off the front porch, and how that his bike has been stolen, the front porch looks less cluttered than it did.
Remember I mentioned that I had serendipitously signed up for the June Mrs. Brown's Bags bag club? It arrived. It's predominantly blue with some other pops of colour. It also came with a matching note card.
As those who follow me on Instagram will likely have noticed, I cast on my June Pencil Crayon sock.
This time I went down to 64 stitches on 2.25 mm needles. I adjusted the grey bits in the eraser holder. I used the slipped stitch method from the Geek Sock to denote the wood shaving bit and I went down to a very pointy toe.
So that pretty much brings me to the end of this instalment. I will leave you with some photos of Sebastian because he's adorable and I love him.
And as a final postscript, there was some kind of neat chalk art on someone's sidewalk. It's more interesting than the usual stick figures and rainbows. But I'm biased because I love a good whale.