My lovely niece has been staying with me the past few days and will be guest-blogging tomorrow about all that we’ve been up to.

Despite my auntly busyness, I have managed to start Mystery Stole 3. I am being absolutely reckless and knitting without swatching, using heavier yarn than recommended: Patons Brilliant in Gold Glow on size 8 needles, so my stole will be more of a wrap than a lacy something. I’m counting on the glitz in the yarn to make up for my decision to omit the beadwork. If it comes out disastrously, I will have no-one to blame but myself and will humbly offer up my experience as a lesson for knitters everywhere. (Someone ought to learn from it; I probably won’t.) I’m 2/3 of the way through the first clue and actually have some hope of catching up before clue three comes out on Friday.

We’ve had a break in the wretchedly hot weather we were suffering under. The past two days have been gloriously fog-bound. Yum, yum, yum, and yum! I’m hoping the cool weather holds as Melissa and I will be heading out on a road trip up to Portland on Saturday. We’re going via Crater Lake and various waterfalls and have a number of dear friends to visit with once we get there. We’ll definitely be spending some time at Powell’s. Any yarn shop suggestions?