YOP – Week of June 14 – 20

I did not get nearly as much knitting done this week as usual. It has been cherry and black raspberry picking time at our house. We got a good crop of cherries this year so I’ve been picking and pitting most everyday this past week. Monday hubby and I will make sour cherry preserves with our harvest. My son has also requested a cherry pie. My husband is an excellent pie baker. My husband makes homemade chambord with the black raspberries although I’d prefer preserves or pie.

Fresh Picked Sour Cherries

Sunday is Father’s Day here in the US and it was our first family gathering since Christmas ’19. It was so nice to spend some time with my husband’s brother and his wife plus some nieces and their hubbies. Plus 2 of our sons.

Sock Knitting – 9″ Circulars

I’m so tickled with the yarn I’m using for my Size 0 – 9″ circular experiment. I just love the vibrant colors. I’m using a pink variegated mini to put a small stripe at the toe and then will use it at the heel and the cuff. I will also be trying an afterthought heel which will be a new technique for me. I did not make much progress on my Size 4 – 9″ circular Fixation socks since they are intended for the flight next week.

Deep Dyed Yarn Socks

Attempt #2 at “German” Hat

I have started a second attempt to copy the hat given to my friend by her cousins in Germany. I think the yarn is not as bulky as her cousins used. It was some acrylic/wool blend that I had leftover from a sweater. I’ve finished the headband portion. Now I’m working on the cable band that gets sewn onto the headband before picking up stitches to make the crown. I’ve already realized that her cousins used slip stitches for the contrast color but oh well. I think this is as close as I’m going to come. I still can’t figure out what stitches they did along the edges of the cable. Again I think it’s some type of slip stitches. When I get this one done I’m going to have to declare close enough. There are too many other things I want to knit beside copying this hat pattern.

Recreating Hat Pattern

Getting Back to “Normal” – Social Knitting

I got to have 2 social knitting sessions this week!! My usual weekly group of knitters has been getting together on Saturdays since May. This week I also got together with a broader group on Friday. That will probably turn into a monthly. It is so nice to share tips and tricks from good podcasts to watch, to how to make an afterthought heel, to getting to use my friend’s really good ball winder to get some skeins ready for projects I’ll be starting in mid-July. I wish the monthly group that would meet at an area microbrewery would restart but I’m not sure they will. I may just have to get together with my friend that was one of the leaders on our own each month. I think I can be talked into that. 🙂


I really really like soccer!! So much so that my kids and hubby gave me season tickets to our local Major League Soccer team for 2020. We all know how that turned out. So I was able to roll them over into season tickets for this year. I finally got to go to my first game as now there are no restrictions on attendance. It was so fun even though the team lost (we are in last place). It’s a brand new stadium. I go by myself as my hubby’s health issues make it impossible for him to attend. But the people sitting by me were so friendly that it was enjoyable. I appreciate their kindness.

Gorgeous Night for Soccer

17 Year Cicada Update

I’m happy to report that we are definitely past the peak. It’s almost like a light stitch being turned off. One day they are everywhere and noisy, the next day it just tons of dead bugs and quiet. I so enjoyed getting to hear the birds singing again! The cidadas aren’t completely gone but they are no longer a nuisance. I don’t expect to be living here when they return in 17 years. Heck, I’ll be lucky if I’m still living on this side of the grass in 17 years.

This is a year of projects (YOP) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group – make a plan for the year ahead for all your fiber activities, then update your blog every week. Plans can be calendar year (like mine) or mid-year start (like many). Following the plan is optional and creates some of the fun of posts. YOP is in it’s 10th year although I’m in my first in the group.

16 thoughts on “YOP – Week of June 14 – 20

  1. Yum homemade chambord sounds delicious. I get a bottle each Christmas. It goes lovely with prosecco at Christmas but I also like it with lemonade or ginger ale. Sounds like a fun filled week. The Euros soccer tournament is happening at the moment, but they’ve had to spread it over a few countries and capacity is limited. I’m surprised where you are they are doing full capacity already but the atmosphere must be buzzing.

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  2. Cherries and raspberries? From your yard? How wonderful! I am for the cherry pie for sure and I have some raspberry Chambord that is great on ice cream! Not homemade though which has got to be even better!
    Love the sock…so pretty! You are a trouper and a really good friend to try and replicate that hat! You are so fortunate to have knitting groups to join, Glad you are able to go to your soccer games. I enjoy soccer too but just on the t.v. What a great gift to give you.
    Glas the cicadas are almost done. We have some every year but not the 17-year ones and not so many but they still make quite a racket. Have a great week!

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    1. We are lucky – the black raspberries grow wild so we have lots at the perimeter of the yard and the woods that surround our house. We planted two cherry trees 25 years ago. We plan to plant new ones this fall.

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  3. Picking cherries and raspberries must be a tedious job. Yet, it has such great rewards in the end. I think you have given the copy cat hat you all. You should be commended for taking so much time to try and duplicate it. That sock is quite striking. The bright pink striping was a great idea. It really gives it that special ‘pop’. Glad to hear you can hear the birds again. Now to remove all the dead bug bodies. YUCK!

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    1. I know – I swept off the deck where I have the umbrella with netting. Unfortunately a bunch of cicadas got trapped between the umbrella and the netting on top. So had to take the whole thing down, sweep away the bugs, then re-put up the umbrella and netting. But now I should be good for the rest of the summer. Strung some solar lights on the umbrella too.


  4. Since reading your post that song lyrics are running through my head
    Can you bake a cherry pie billie boy billie boy
    Can you bake a cherry pie darlin billie!

    Bill was my dad’s name and my mom would often sing that song. Isn’t it funny how things will jog your memory of a time long ago.
    THank you for that.

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