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miles square park

Did everyone have a good 4th of July?

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Fourth of July Mine was ok. The day before, on Friday, my best friend Karen came down to visit and spent a night.

It's always great just two of us. We cooked, talked (about everything: Michael Jackson, our friends, boys--kekekeke, my bar exam, my knitting, her work, her friends, church, parents...), took a walk around the lake... We ended up talking until 3:30am!

The next morning, we woke up around 8ish, cooked again, and prepared for our little picnic at Mile Square Park.

Korean style picnic!

Lake @ Mile Square Park

It was absolutely beautiful: breezy, sunny, and warm. There were a lot of people, but it wasn't crowded at all, since this park is just HUGE.  I had fun.. I ended up knitting a bit on my Diminishing Rib Cardigan a bit, while Karen napped. Would've been so great to go back there with Marty. =) And it was so great to take some time off from studying.

Current WIPs

Diminishing Rib Cardigan, Log Cabin Blanket a.k.a. July 09 Bar Blanket. Still haven't finished Mangyle. Not gonna stress about it.

Diminishing Rib Cardigan: I'm almost done with the body, and will be moving onto sleeves very soon. So far, I like the color and texture of the fabric. I think this is going to be a very cute cardigan when it's done. However, I don't like how magazines like Interweave Knits or Vogue Knitting print the patterns. More paragraphs, please. I ended up writing the pattern on a separate notebook so I don't make a mistake...

Moderne Log Cabin: I'm on #5 now. I'm kind of debating whether to buy some more yarns to finish this blanket, which would kind of defeat the very purpose of why I chose to do this blanket (stash buster!). But I love the texture, and how thick it feels. I already kind of use it when I take a short nap in the library.

Felicity: I'm also trying out Felicity hat on some scrap yarn I had; I'm gonna knit a practice piece for Marty's approval, and then knit it in malabrigo worsted in dreamy Dark Earth color. =)  Very easy to follow the pattern, but I took the advice of many other knitters who already made one and cast on 90sts (instead of 70). I'm also working with US 6, throughout. I also added a 2x2 ribbing section on the edge, instead of purl & St st.

You gotta check out Brooklyn Tweed when you get a chance. I just found out about his blog today, but I'm familiar with many of his original patterns. Very Norah Gaughan-esque and very detailed and sensitive. I especially love his sense when it comes to selecting colors. It's so classy!