A-2-Z Challenge 2019 is finished.
Post Challenge Update
Big Deep Breath. I must admit, I am kind of glad to be finished - and free once again to blog in "any direction" that I want.
Blogging in this challenge is only limited by the letter of the alphabet - and that you post on the assigned days. But I limited my posts by picking a theme. If I was tempted to do this challenge again I would omit the theme. Beyond that, this challenge was very well organized and managed by the lead team and I applaud their efforts. Thank you!!
One unexpected discovery I found on the last day: I had noticed that responses to my posts during this Challenge were few. Not really typical but understandable if Aging is not an interesting topic for some. On the last day of the challenge I noticed over 160 messages in my Gmail Spam Folder. Yikes! I opened some of the messages and noticed that many them were not one message, but a collection of 10 or 12 messages grouped together within the message. Then I discovered that there were post responses in Spam from new and established readers. A ton of them!!! Gosh. I have corrected this situation by sorting out that mess and getting visitors comments posted appropriately to each April post. It took hours to fix. Thank you to all that commented. Not sure how this happened, and sorry your comments didn't make it to my blog in a timely manner. All that has been fixed.
(This is my scheduled post-Challenge update.)
Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival
Next up is Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival scheduled for this coming weekend (bigger deep breath.)
Already I have sanitized - cleaned everything in the guest bedroom (aka - yarn room, craft room, mental health space) - and it is flu free. The windows in the condo have been open and fresh air has filled our space. The attached bathroom is also 'company ready.' Now onto the rest of the condo. The big event is Saturday!
BIGGEST DEEP BREATH OF ALL. I am back to knitting.
Pictured above is a knitted dress I am working on for my grand daughter. Right now it looks like cat vomit! I am hoping that when I cast off in another few inches - and block this sucker - a beautiful swan will emerge from this ugly duckling. Blocking always improves the look of knitted items - and it better not fail me now!!
I am also hoping I don't regret using this speckled yarn in a dress that has a knitted pattern. I hate when the knitted pattern competes with the yarn and they both lose. I know better than that, but sometimes get blinded by the razzle-dazzle that caused me to purchase the yarn originally.
The yarn is fingering - so it is slow going to knit, but it is super wash so easy care. The body is A-line with the pattern repeated on the back as well. It is hard to get a sense of the line of the body because my needles (still attached) are holding it in. The buttons shown are there to give a sense of where buttons will go - maybe I will find the perfect buttons at the fair! This project should have been finished by now - but I was too sick to work on it. Trying to catch up now. When done completely ... it better look like this. 😂
That's all for now folks.