Friday, August 22, 2008

What I did on my summer vacation

Some people blog daily, some weekly, some monthly. I think I'm working on seasonally. Today is the last day of summer vacation - that's for the kids. My vacation starts next week when they go back to school. But despite breaking up arguments over the TV and computers, it wasn't as bad as I thought it could be, and I did manage to have some fun and even get a few projects done.

The female half of the household started off the summer with our now-traditional train trip up to the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene. I resisted many urges to buy wool, settling for living vicariously through the shopping joy of others.

Then the entire family spent another lovely week at Camp Mather, although this year was slightly marred by a forest fire that came a bit too close for comfort. But I still got some knitting done and the kids had a great time, as usual.

Back over in Ravelry-land, I participated in an organized knitalong and finished two projects for the Ravelympics.

And, finally, in these last few weeks of vacation, with both kids hanging around the house, I got working on their Halloween costumes. I know once school starts, my time will get sucked up by school stuff, so I figured I may as well get a good head start. I had been feeling guilty about making four Harry Potter costumes for my daughter, and absolutely nothing for my son. Every Halloween, he's worn something off the rack.

Determined not to fall into that second-kid gets nothing syndrome, I set out to make him a Doctor Who costume. No, not the one with the scarf - the current one. I hadn't realized it at the time, but I think I've been secretly itching to do some good old-fashioned sewing reverse-engineering. I found some patterns that worked well enough with just a bit of modification and fabric that was a reasonable approximation of the original. Although he doesn't have much patience for fittings, he was thrilled when the suit was done.

The female half of the household finished off the summer with the annual spinning guild retreat at Windrush Farm. A great time was had by all (even the sheep). Oh, and I got started on some more bookmarks.

I guess I didn't do too badly after all.


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