Get out your calendar, friends, and circle this day using a great big red marker because I finished knitting the pieces of my son's cotton jacket
and immediately starting blocking them! I didn't procrastinate, and I certainly didn't start a new project even though that's what my impatient self usually does. As soon as I pulled the second sleeve off the needle I slapped the pieces onto the blocking board, pinned them down and gave them a steam boost they'll never forget. (And blocking "board" is a term I mean literally as my blocking board is a recycled cardBOARD box that I cover with used plastic and a smooth bath towel. It's the same board I've been using for the past couple of years. D.I.Y, bay-beeeeee!) And speaking of which, I've got a slideshow
showing exactly how I put together my fancy blocking board and how I blocked the pieces. You know, 'cause I'm a blocking 'ho and all.
Next up after blocking: Seaming, picking up stitches for and knitting the collar, then on to the zipper with its zipper bands. Ay, the ZIPPER. My fingers ache at the memory of the last zipper I sewed in [my son's boyish jacket
, remember?]; after sewing in the zipper I meticulously stitched on some ribbon to hide the zipper and it seemed to take forever. All those little stitches! My index finger and thumb looked (and felt) like I had spent the afternoon poking my fingers with toothpicks. Send thimbles.
In the meantime, I've been enjoying the spurts of good weather we're having here. Sunny days with no wind or rain means it's time to head out and get some air.
I took this shot as we walked out of Fourvière Aventures
urban forest park, where I got to pretend I was Tarzan by swinging from tree to tree:
In the photo above I was zooming down a cable while hanging onto a pulley and I was, of course, yelling like Tarzan because it was part of the moment. Other activities consisted of moving from tree to tree by swinging from ropes, climbing through nets and walking on tightropes or wiggly ladders. [Yes, Mom, I was strapped in a harness.] I haven't had this much "look how high up I am" fun since I went rock climbing and rappelling in the Grand Tetons. Are we gonna go back and do it again? Heck, sssshhhhYEAH!