Giant dog head!
I spread this stuff all over the floor of the shower and let it sit for several hours. It didn't seem to do anything impressive (even with using a scrub brush), but it entertained me and Paco. Kim's shower is clean, so who knows - maybe I have permanent dirt?
Sit and Knit update: I finally, FINALLY, finished a hat that I started working on in February. I had a problem with the decrease pattern, and I messed it up big time. I got help getting my mess undone, but I felt pretty defeated about it, so I put it in a bag until I could face it again. Five months later, I took it out, managed to do one round of decreases, asked my new running club/knitter friend Stephanie for her take on the decrease pattern, and it made sense. Well, it didn't really make sense, but it worked. Sometimes, you just have to trust the pattern, even if it was originally written in Finnish and might have lost something in the translation. Here it is - the Jacques Cousteau cap:
I was having a heatstroke posing for these pictures. Good news is that the wool cap WILL keep you warm, when winter comes!
The decreases - I was attracted to the hat because of them, but boy did they ever vex me!
Side view - the styrofoam head managed to tolerate wearing it longer than I did so I got some better shots.
I also finished my shrug, which turned out (intentionally) to be more of a sweater...I knew that a bulky shrug would not do my shape any favors, so I knit the body and the sleeves longer. I wasn't sure if I'd like it, to be honest, but as it turns out, once I finished the last sleeve and tried it on, I was pleasantly surprised. Somehow I'd made it up in my mind that I'd look like a linebacker in it, but I don't think that's the case. You decide, but if you think linebacker, I'd rather you not share that with me, haha. Here's my sweatershrug:
Pattern is Diane Soucy's Bulky Shrug, yarn is Sprout cotton.
I still need a button for it - I'm thinking a silver/pewter one, or a unique ceramic button? Not a lot of places to look for cool buttons around here, but maybe in my travels, I'll find one.
The little pictures on the top right show the collar and the sleeve - after I knitted the body of the sweater, I had to go back and pick up the stitches and knit them on. It wasn't as hard as I thought it might be, although I was pretty nervous going into it. I haven't blocked it yet - naturally, I was to anxious to take the pictures!
We have a long day tomorrow - the alarm will go off at 4:00 am so we can be at the park and ready to run 6 miles by 5:30 am. Then, we're getting the heck out of Dodge...there is a rather big football game going on in town (Texas A&M vs. Alabama) and about nine trillion people are here already. We've had our trip planned for nearly a year, actually - it's just coincidence that we're leaving when our town is filled to bursting with football-crazed fans. Anyway, we're hopping in a rental car and driving to Florida! Jeff has an annual conference that he attends...this year it's in Orlando, and I'm tagging along since transportation and hotels are paid for. I've never been to Florida so this should be fun. I'll get to spend a couple days hanging around the hotel while he's doing conference stuff, and then? We're going to Harry Potter World - woohoo! Want to know what the hardest thing has been about getting everything ready for our trip? Choosing what knitting projects to bring! Hmmm, maybe we'll drive by a yarn store at some point...
Have a great weekend!