So, the Flower Power blanket, otherwise known as the blanket for Cesar and Pam, is very nearly done. I finished sewing it together this week (thank the Gods) and am working on putting the edging on it. I’m so happy that this project is done I could (and have) done a little dance. It’s not that I didn’t like making it. I really liked crocheting this one up. Well, except for that whole unexpectedly ran out of the yarn that I needed for the center of the flowers when I’m several thousand miles away from a place that sells it thing. That kinda sucked (thanks again Lily!). Honestly, it wasn’t even the sewing. It was the headaches that I got from the sewing. I know that I should go see an eye doctor but I just can’t bring myself to go through all of that until I am back from my big trip to the states.
Speaking of the trip. I realized that I haven’t yet put up an itinerary for where all I am going and roughly when (I don’t even know all of it yet!). So, here it goes:
I start off flying from London, Heathrow to Chicago on the 21st of August. I will be staying in Chicago from the 21st until the 26th when I take the California Zephyr (Amtrak train) to Osceola, IA where my mother is going to be picking me up. I will then be staying in Iowa until the 28th or the 29th when my parents and I are leaving by car for Alaska. We will be gone on this part of the trip for anywhere from 4-6 weeks, not really sure yet. So when we get back, sometime in the end of September or beginning of October, I will then make my way down to Florida for a few weeks. There is a trip in the planning for Key West with a bunch of hookers the weekend of the 10-11th of October. The next Friday, the 16th, I’ll be making my way up to Rhinebeck for the NY Sheep and Wool festival. On the 18th, I fly from White Plains to DC and then back to London, Heathrow. I will have been gone approximately 60 days. I will also be spending a LOT of time on United Airlines (gag). I wish that I could take Amtrak a little more (luggage restrictions and all of that are easier) but it really wasn’t feasible at all. Now, a few things in this itinerary… I plan on being at the Ravelry party on Saturday night so if anybody wanted to meet me this would be a good place to do it. I may or may not make it to the Ravelry meet-ups at Rhinebeck as I always mean to and then get too excited about everything going on and totally forget. Maybe I’ll have more control this year (snort!). I’m also thinking about taking a class at Rhinebeck if I get in early enough on Friday. Annie Modesitt is teaching several classes this year and, shockingly, they aren’t sold out yet. (I think that this is sort of a Sock Summit “shadow”. It will be interesting to see if the crowds at Rhinebeck are thinner this year because of it as well since so many people only have enough money to do either one or the other…)
I have at least finished one thing this week. The traveling baby blanket that I made out of leftover Cottontots is completely finished, even the ends are woven in. I plan in taking it over to my neighbor sometime next week for her church to use as a fundraising tool. Here it is:
Today has been…rough. I couldn’t sleep last night at all. I was still perky and awake when the birds started singing this morning. At around 7am I took the dogs out for a good walk. I wasn’t tired for any of it and the Hubby got up and joined me. I then abruptly became really tired and more or less passed-out for about 4 or 5 hours. Ugh. Then I got up and made banana bars and managed to overbake them. I won’t say burnt as they are really only just a tad too brown. Still, it was annoying. Then I made banana bread (are you seeing a theme here?) where half of the batter went into a normal sized loaf pan and the other half went into 4 tiny little pans. The little ones turned out ok, the big one, not quite so. I’m not sure what happened there but I guess I’ll just have to try again!
Last night while I wasn’t sleeping, I designed and ordered some mini “business” cards with Moo. I saw a lot of these at Woolfest and thought that they seemed much cooler than traditional business cards. I decided to get some for myself as I noticed that at gatherings of fibery folks I was always asking what folks Ravelry names were and then forgetting it before I had even gotten home. I put my electronic contacts on these cards and then an assortment of photographs on the other side of them. I figured that I will probably be meeting a lot of folks on my trip and pulling out one of these cute little cards was way easier than trying to record things on napkins or scraps of paper that always get lost. I totally suggest checking out the site as you can order 10 normal business sized cards for free.
One cool thing that happened today was that I finally got my actual paper degree from UF. It looks quite official and fancy. I was surprised that they put a little thing on the actual degree that said “Cum Laude”. How cool is that?!!? Now I just need to find a frame for it!