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In my book, a girl’s first baseball game is a big deal. Going to a SeaDogs games was another of those moments I dreamed about sharing with LMC as soon as I knew she was coming. Even so, it caught me a bit by surprise that I got a little teary-eyed when we walked out of the concourse into the sun-lit fields of Hadlock Stadium.

Any attempts to actually watch the game are mostly moot at this point, and if you asked LMC what her favorite part of the experience was, and she could speak in sentences, I’m pretty sure she’d say the french fries. But it’s harder to find something more summery and American and wonderful than a minor league ballpark on a July day, particularly when your team is up by four runs.

The only thing that could perhaps be more perfectly summery is a field of sun-ripe strawberries. I’ve already noted LMC’s love of berries here before, but it’s something else to be in a whole field of them. We made it to the last picking day of the summer at Jordan’s Farm in Cape Elizabeth, and while the berries on the ground were no longer numerous, they were still delicious, and fortunately the farm stand was still well stocked, since the berries we picked seemed to mysteriously disappear…

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String I:

Tuesday - Ironing ScottyI finished this dish towel at the beginning of the month, but for one reason or another it’s sat in my photos for about three weeks. It’s not as though I have a backlog of a bazillion projects to post, but as cute as this piece of embroidery is (it’s an ironing scotty dog!), I didn’t think it warranted a whole post to itself, so I’m lumping it together with a few other bits and pieces.

The Scotty Dog Pattern is from the Hoop Love Vintage Transfers Group on Flickr, which has a treasure trove of patterns you can print out an stitch. They have an especially large collection of mostly complete days of the week patterns like the Scotty above.  I’m alos planning on doing Wednesday (mending) and Friday (baking).

I worked on this mainly while my bum wrist kept me from knitting and in the after period  when I struggled to get my knitting mojo back (which happily it has, thanks to Kate Davie’s Manu and some Malabrigo Silky Merino). I haven’t yet done the pattern transfer for the second towel, but if our current levels of humidity hang around for much longer I will, since they’re only so much wool I can handle in humidity 🙂

    Strawberries:

    On Saturday, Mr. Cleaver and I picked four pints of strawberries at Maxwell’s, two of which went to his mother and the other two which ended up on my cereal and this strawberry shortcake I made last night.

    The recipe is from Posie Gets Cozy and the only changed I made/would recommend is to make 6 or 8 dough “blobs” instead of the listed 4. mine were doughy in the middle until I cut them in half and baked them some more, and the smaller biscuits (it’s a very biscuity shortbread) were about all I could handle to eat at once.

    String II:
    Tissue Fitting

    I have plans for a fantastic Fourth of July dress from Vogue 8184. It’s a fairly simple dress (especially since I’m skipping the boning- since my version has straps), so I ‘m taking the time to do my first go at tissue fitting, especially since I fell in between two of the multi-size envelopes.  I’m somewhat obsessed with fit these days – what with the pattern drafting I’ve been dabbling in and all (and I’m close with another sundress I drafted). Since the Fourth is only ten days away, we’ll hopefully have results soon!