Sunday, July 20, 2014

Reggae Fest and FO: Tapestry Mitts

Jury duty last week was exhausting.  I was picked on Tuesday, and we went right into testimony on Tuesday afternoon.  We heard testimony through Friday around noon, then the jury deliberated until around 7:30 pm on Friday evening.  It was a medical malpractice civil lawsuit, so it was emotionally charged as well as technical in the details.  I have to admit, I was exhausted when the whole thing was finally done.  I came home on Friday night, poured a glass of wine, and watched CSI while knitting and letting my brain ooze out of my ears a little.  It was a really interesting process, but boy am I glad I'm finished.
Scott's brother Andy and Andy's girlfriend Kim came up on Saturday and schlepped Scott and I down to Bayfront for Duluth's annual Reggae and World Music Festival, which ended up being a ton of fun, especially after 4 long days in the courtroom!

Kim is Jamaican, so she was really excited to eat the cultural food she doesn't get very often and see bands that she knew from back home.

I had Ox Tail with rice and beans and cabbage for dinner- so good, and not even too spicy!
Today started with errands- cleaning the apartment and doing a big grocery run- and besides a fun little bit of awesome later (I'll tell more about it next post), it's nice to spend a little time unwinding.  I even got to block one of my projects, and the hot weather today dried it up in no time!  There was enough time during jury deliberation and relaxing time this weekend to finally finish the Tapestry Mitts, and I couldn't be happier with the outcome!

Pattern: Endpaper Mitts by Eunny Jang (link goes to Ravelry page)
Yarn: Regia Angora Merino- gorgeous yarn, and I had a skein in white and a skein in purple (Ecru on the ball band).
Timeframe: June 26th - July 20th

Modifications: Well, the huge one is that I didn't use the colorchart from Eunny Jang's pattern.  Instead, I used the color chart from this project page instead!  Don't get me wrong- I love the original color chart.  I just think this particular pattern will be well-received when opened.

Worst Part: Nothing, really.  Quick project, no big snags, easy-to-follow directions.
Best Part: I love this yarn for colorwork.  It's incredibly soft, and the stitch definition is perfect.  It's not so sharp that you can see every single loop, but it doesn't fuzz together indistinguishably.
I'm hoping that this week (my last week before my big trip!) will see the finish of the Gobstopper Mitts and Sam's Christmas Deer hat, but maybe I'm getting greedy...

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