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Brighton update.

FINALLY finished knitting Brighton from Knitty Spring 2008.

I tied up yarn joins (yes, I knot on a bag or anything else that will be heavily used) and wove in ends as best as possible in a lace pattern.

Yesterday I dug through my fabric stash and found these for the lining and pockets.

Still not sure about the handles but that will come to me once it’s together.

Off to wash and block!

Another quick update

The girls finished the school year a few weeks ago. Mira will enter 4th grade in the fall and Arianna will be starting middle school.

We have been keeping busy with trips, visiting friends, and sunny days spent swimming at the beach whenever the weather allows. (sadly today will not be a beach day- rain, rain, rain!)

There were a few days spent in the mountains of Switzerland with some evening moments on the porch knitting Brighton.

Not a bad view to knit by.

And Brighton has been growing bigger each day.

It’s turning out quite nicely.

Also made a little skirt for Mira from the book sew what! SKIRTS. There are some very cute patterns in here and the authors give clear instructions for making any size. I’ll have to try one for me next. I love wearing skirts in the summer.

I made it to go with this little top

but I pulled her away from friends to try on the skirt so there was no way I was going to convince her to find the top to wear too. Some other time.

New stuff coming

A few months back WordPress, my host, changed how things are done as far as posting and uploading videos and pics.

I CAN’T GET IT!

Most people love the new formatting so I’m sure it’s just me. I’m not trying to bash WordPress at all. It worked great for me for a long time but it’s time to move onward and upward.

So, a new site will be up and going on August 1 (fingers crossed). Watch here for the launch announcement and some fun new stuff happening by the beginning of September.

I’m still knitting, more and more these days. It’s the perfect thing for me to do at the beach while the girls play. Brighton is even moving along at a chipper little pace. It only took me 7″ to get the hang of the pattern – not sure what the mental block was on this one.

Oh, and I just got a new computer, a Mac. Love it but need to learn so much more about it!

I have been checking in on everyone and all of your fabulous projects. I’m jealous and inspired to do so much more.

Happy knitting!

Brighton’s not looking so bright these days. Too much concentration for evening tv knitting or social knitting.

Brighton

Funny thing is I can’t wait to finish it and use it. Someone come light a fire under me!

Anny Blatt baby sweater Pain d’epice is crawling along, too.

Back, Cream

This is one of the backs in seed stitch. The sweater is double layered. The inside will be blue in stockinette stitch.

Inside and Outside

Should be fabulous – when it’s done!

Kids are wrapping up school this week. Arianna will be graduating from 5th grade on Thursday! Next year she will be off to Middle School which is totally unbelievable. She can’t wait after visiting the middle school last week; meeting teachers, seeing lockers…. all of the ‘big’ stuff. We got her set up with a proper desk of her own a few weeks ago. She picked it out from IKEA and is so happy!

Ari\'s new desk

The rest of this week will be spent gathering last minute school stuff, baking school party treats (what to make? and ideas??) and trying to keep motivated during our endless rainy days.

Knitting, maybe.

Hopefully.

Moi! For possibly being the worst blogger last month.

Spring / summer hit here about 4 weeks ago and I just can’t spend time indoors when the weather first turns nice for the year. Every day has been around 70 and sunny. And despite gobs of sunscreen, I already have a heck of a tan going! I have planted just about all of my summer ‘garden’ and will hopefully get that finished up next week. I’ll take pictures when it’s all in.

And we’ve been off to other places as well. Honestly, I can’t remember if I mentioned the trip to Venice. Photos are here. We then went back to Italy to meet up with Andy at the end of a business trip in Bologna. Wow, fabulous city! The food is to die for. Really, a few weeks there and I would probably eat myself to death!

This shames our local meat market. And this was a smaller one and only a partial picture.

Plus there was fresh pasta everywhere.

Next time we drive to Italy I’m throwing a cooler in the trunk!

We only spent one night/day in Bologna, then headed to Florence. Very nice but I preferred Bologna- more quaint, not as touristy. And oh yes, we stopped at the Ferrari museum in between.

From here it was on to a hotel in Tuscany. I would just like to go on record saying that yes, Tuscany is everything you have imagined and then some! OMG! It’s heaven on earth!

Our hotel.

View from our room.

It was tough to leave but there was more to see. Can you guess where we went next?

Here’s a hint.

Just a short 20-30 minute drive away was the tiny little town of Pisa. I was surprised to see that the tower was really about all this town has going. Very small town, and you can see the tower above all else approaching from the county road.

This sight seeing isn’t always easy!

Just another 30 minutes was our final destination.

A hotel on the Mediterranian Sea. Wonderful way to wrap up the trip.

If you want to see all of the pictures you can go here.

Oh, and I did knit / have been knitting. Just not the bag I had planned. I need total silence for that pattern! Instead I started an Anny Blatt baby sweater for friends that just had a baby boy. Todays pics didn’t turn out, I’ll try again tomorrow. Lot’s of stockinette right now on little size 3 needles – loving it!

Photo shoot

Gosh this girl is going to be trouble in a few more years! She loves to look pretty, loves to dress up, and really loves when someone says she looks cute! Yikes.

Today we did a brief photo shoot to model the little green top. It looks so cute on her.

Close up of the arm and back ribbing.

And one more picture. Mira said this one “had to be added to show the pretty flowers and Steve (our cat).”

It was a quick and simple knit done on size 10 needles from the top down. I think the yarn is New Cotton by Lang but I need to look it up.

Later I went browsing patterns on Knitty since I hadn’t seen the new Spring 08 designs yet. I totally fell in love with Brighton and cast on in the evening. I have extra AArlan Valdivia yarn from a different project that I think will work perfectly. It’s 74% flax and 26% viskose and has some serious strength to it. Hopefully it will block well and show the lace pattern. Too lazy to try a swatch!

Brighton bag from Knitty.com

I had to rip out 4 rows already since I can’t follow something this “complicated” while watching a movie and drinking wine. Hopefully I won’t rip too much, the yarn doesn’t stand up to it very well.

Tomorrow I will have 6 hours on a train so I’m looking forward to getting most of it done. We’ll see how chatty the kids are.

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