Porch and Beach, Rinse and Repeat
Last week’s question from Max Daniels really struck me: what are you going to do with your wild and precious August?
I know exactly what I want to do, and I’m doing it.
For me, the week before the Labor Day weekend is always about cramming in as much summer as I possibly can. It’s not so much that I love summer weather—like Ludwig Bemelmans’s Madeline, I love winter, snow, and ice—it’s the light of August for me. I love late-summer light so much that I wake up a couple hours early just to get a little more of it.
What do I do in this beautiful light? Well, I run around outdoors, and paddle and splash a bit in various bodies of water, but mostly I sit in the shade and do handwork projects that will remind me of these days all year long. This August, I’ve had one porch project and one beach project, and I’ve had the best time working on both of them as much as I possibly can.
The beach is for…
Knitting! All garter stitch, all stripes, all fun.
Stripes on stripes on stripes
My dishcloth-based baby blanket is in the fourth quarter. I’ve actually given a lesson on how to make this blanket, to a friend from my knitting group who saw it here and had to get started right away.
Lest you worry I’ve had too much sun, I don’t just work on this one on the beach. It’s also great for the car and the train. It’s easy, colorful, fun wherever I work on it. I will be thrilled to send it off to its baby, but also a little sad to have it be finished. I’ve still got plenty of Handknit Cotton in my hoard of this all-time favorite yarn, so I may just cast on another one.
The porch is for…
This project, a 3-layer swing skirt from The School of Making, is all your fault. I saw the one you started after Natalie Chanin came to Nashville last January, and I had to make it. I got the kit when Natalie returned to Nashville three weeks ago, and jumped in with both feet. For readers ready to jump in, enter code MDKFREESHIPPING at checkout at The School of Making at AlabamaChanin.com.
This stencil (Tony) stitches up so fast. This is my second time stitching this stencil, so I have names for the shapes: the heart, the 10 commandments aka the lungs, the pebbles, the map, the conversation bubble, and the extra-long flower.
Three of four panels complete! This speedy progress is thanks to early (for me) morning stitch sessions, plus lunch break stitch sessions and I-don’t-feel-like-working afternoon stitch sessions. I’m trying to catch up to you!
I’m calling it: Swing Skirt September starts tomorrow! I have at least 3 handknit sweaters to wear with this skirt this autumn. I will be sewing this one up over the holiday weekend. Race you to the waistband!
Sometimes it’s all on the porch at the same time: my happy place.