Of Summer Days, Change, & Unicorns

As I enjoy a rest day in the Tour de Fleece, I find myself reflecting in awe on the past couple weeks.  After getting back from our South Dakota vacation, I hopped almost right into Le Tour & as with everything I take on I have not done so lightly.  I have spun almost 40oz of fiber — in yarn, that’s just shy of 2000yards. Yes, two-thousand yards. My hands are a bit tired believe it or not. I am used to knitting daily, but daily spinning has never been something I’ve attempted. On accident I missed the first rest day last Monday, so this is my first day not spinning since June 29th. Wowza.

I started my ‘rest day’ with an early wake-up call — my darling husband brought me coffee in bed. He is in the process of transitioning to a new job (A promotion! Should I compare it to my fantastic showing in the TDF? LOL!  The promotion is a clearly a much bigger deal –way to go, my love!). As with any job transition there is a lot happening. As he steps up at work, I do my best to keep things at home running smoothly — keeping the house & grounds in order, running the kids ragged, and trying to help with little things like day off and vacation planning ideas & execution where needed.  Until this morning, we haven’t had a ton of time or energy to sit and talk in the last week or so. It was so very nice to get back onto the same page & catch up.

The early rising also set me & the kids up to make a playground run before the heat of the day set in. Our nearest playground got new equipment this week, so we got there by 8am. Unfortunately I am at the point in summer where I feel a bit overdosed on vitamin D. I may be one of the few people on earth who complains about spending too much time in the sun, but it is true. I slather on sunscreen, hide in the shade & under giant hats & sunshirts, and try to avoid the mid-day sun, but I am at that moment in summer where I dream of the sun hanging lower in the sky. Suffice to say, I am thankful for a membership to the local family indoor pool. I think it will save my life!

In any case, when not helping my kids learn how to swing on monkey bars, I used the playground as a chance to get started on my July installment of the MerryKAL. Obviously I have been crazy busy spinning and have only touched my needles when I’ve been on the road. It was nice to get some knitting in…

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Sometimes you don’t realize how much you enjoy a project until you get back to it after stepping away for a time. Month 7 of 12 and I am still loving this knitalong. There has been some talk on the Ravelry thread about this month’s rocking horse becoming a… um… unicorn due to the two-color involvement in the decreases. I can’t wait to see what happens with mine!

Happy knitting, spinning, and resting friends!