Tuesday, 16 July 2013

My Summer Breeze

Finished, but not yet blocked!

I have finished crocheting my shawl, but it won't be blocked till I have more space; either when I go back to Germany to pack up my house there or when we move to a larger apartment here this autumn.    It needs to be blocked to open it up and reveal the pattern more clearly - the border is spectacular when blocked.  

So this won't be worn for a while ... mind you, in this heat who needs a shawl?  

The pattern is Summer Breeze by Eclat du Soleil and is available from Annette Petavy and I've made it once before in the larger size as a present.  But this one is mine!!  I used a 100% mulberry silk yarn called Precious from The Natural Dye Studio in Devon and it was lovely to work with.

So, I've actually managed to finish a crochet project this year ... at last!  Time to find a yarn store and plan the next project!

Monday, 8 July 2013

Postcard from Washington D.C.

Early on a Sunday and there actually wasn't a crowd outside the White House - the day before it was hard to move out here!

A few weekends ago we went to Washington D.C. for 3 nights.  We realise now that we should have planned a whole week there, but we'll just have to go back sometime!!  There really is that much to see and do.

Great scaffolding on the Washington Monument!

The weather didn't really play ball for our trip - we either got soaked (probably the wettest I've ever been fully clothed!) or got sunburn.  The humidity was tiring and the crowds were horrendous.  But we'll happily go back!

WWII Memorial

Part of the Korean War Memorial

We did a lot of walking.  On the day we did the National Mall and Arlington my Fitbit (similar to a pedometer) recorded almost 25,000 steps ... that's a lot of steps!  

Lincoln Memorial


Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington Cemetery is huge.  We only managed to see a small part of it before the rain hit which is why I don't have a photo of the tomb of the unknown soldier (we saw the tomb but the rain was bouncing so hard I didn't want to get my camera out - it's hard with an umbrella in one hand!!).

Columbia Memorial

We seemed to be in museums when the weather was nice and outside when it wasn't - completely the wrong way round!  I didn't take my camera with me when we were visiting museums as it's far too heavy to carry around all day since I had that problem with my neck / arm last year - so I have fewer photos than normal.

In terms of museums we visited the American History Museum, the Air and Space Museum and we had a quick look at some of the side exhibitions in the Holocaust Museum.  The Air and Space Museum took up almost one whole day and was excellent - we have to go back to D.C. just to see the other part of the museum out near Dulles!!  The Smithsonian is fabulous - I'm sure it would take a long time to visit each of their museums and galleries!

No sooner were we back than it was the long Independence Day weekend.  In St. Louis that meant three days of air shows, firework displays and live entertainment.  

The sun was out and everyone had a good time.  Now it's back to normality - this is going to seem like a very long week!!!