Not only did the sock get to trek to the Bastrop Homecoming Parade on Saturday, it got to be in it. Or more precisely, I got to be in it. Well, me and Abby. We were part of the Kinky Friedman for Governor entry. I held a banner and a sign. I only knitted on the sock waiting for our turn to fall in line. Abby rode in the truck for a while and then got out and handed out bumper stickers. She doesn’t look all that happy in the photo, that may be because she thought two t-shirts was a bit much for a parade in August when the temp was about 116. Or so it felt. Whose idea was it to have a parade in August? Anyway, it didn’t last long, it started about 10:30 and we were on our way home in an air-conditioned van about 11:30. Main Street isn’t very long in our small burg.
It was a busy weekend, what with the parade, my son-in-law, Rob‘s birthday dinner and pear collection. I have been trying to get a few things off the needles so I can start new ones in good conscience. Still there are 3 pair of socks unfinished, one baby blanket, and I think I started my mom’s Cece, because I figured the second one would be faster to knit than the first. I seem to have gotten past the obstacles I had to the pattern in the first one, yet I remain a remedial lace knitter. If I don’t start reducing the yarn stash soon, I may never be allowed to buy yarn again.
I also really want to sew again. I have been inspired lately by a couple of knit-blogger friends (Rete, look at that bag!, and Janet and her uber-cute halter dress, and Sarah’s knitting bags and Caro is gonna be on TV! ) and though I may not be doing cute crafts with Amy Butler fabric, I do have a bunch of fabric and patterns for dresses for Abby and she starts Kindergarten in a week or so. I also need to complete some outfits for me that I have started and not yet finshed. Sewing at my house means converting the kitchen to a sewing room and all the complications that can cause, like having to move a project so we can eat dinner and food stuff getting on half-completed garments. So it makes it feel like I have to do turbo production in order to get it all done and then turned back into a kitchen. All this at the same time as I need to start canning pears. They are coming off the tree in buckets! I may need more jars. Any local gals who happen to have a case of two of canning jars and lids just sittin’ around, holler, I’ll take them off your hands. I may also need more sugar, I only bought 10 pounds. Honest, I don’t want to waste any of this fruit if possible. I may feel differently after a few days of canning every night after work.
To make my job a little easier, I bought a peeler/corer from Applesource. I haven’t bought a kitchen gadget in ages, but I could not face hand peeling all the pears that are piling up in my house. I knew I would never get any knitting or sewing done. I hope it gets here soon. Anyone who donates jars gets their choice of pear halves or pear preserves to brighten up a winter meal.
It appears Stalker Angie is organizing (or should I say plotting) an October Texas Knitters Meetup (hmmm, can we use that term if we don’t go through Meetup.com?), so if you had as much fun as we did when the Harlot came to town or you missed it and are still kicking yourself, check out Angie’s blog for info about where all we want to meet and let her know if you can come.
Oh and don’t forget that our one and only (I think) Texas Fiber Festival Kid N Ewe and Lamas too is November 10-12. Last year I met up with Christine and Katy Blogless there and there simply must be more knitters there this year. It’s a small show and that means that nobody knows about it and you can get yarn and roving and spindles there and you can pet an alpaca. And it might be cooler by then. Are you getting excited yet?