August, you're looking very different this year

Good Morning and Happy Sunday! It's a quiet and sunny morning in my little corner of the Fort so far today. Nights have been much cooler making sleep wonderful once I get there. The afternoon rainstorms have also been a treat. 
What did we do this last week? Well to say the last few months have been different is an understatement. I don't think that anyone could have told you that baseball's Opening Day would be in July but it was the 24th. We had other things happening that day so our standard festivities had to wait.
opening day
My Red Sox and my best friend's Mets played a four game set this last week and the girls and I chose the pitching matchup of the round to have our Opening Day of dogs and chili cheese. I don't know how long baseball is going to last this season but we are going to enjoy it while we can.
As for crafting I got some more weaving going. Susan has another autumn collection project going now and Flynn and I played with the silk bookmarks again.
Teeny tiny silk takes a lot of shuttle passes to get anywhere!
I changed up the knitted on edge on my current project and in the process came up with the name for the piece. The K.I.S.S. wrap is coming along and will be available this fall. I've used some yarn from my stash for the pattern and I don't believe it is available anymore which raises a question: Yarn Substitution. I know that Knitpicks gloss is a good replacement for the yarn I'm currently using but what do you do when a similar product isn't available or the designer doesn't make other recommendations? My first pattern Lyanna's Shawl that I'm still crazy proud of was published in 2013 and the yarn I used is no longer made. 
Lyanna's Shawl
Does the lack of proper yarn keep you from buying the pattern? Do you reach out to the designer to find an equivalent? Do you find your own substitute? I'm curious so fill up the comments with your thoughts.
As for the rest of life this week it's been a lot of ups and downs. Normally this is the busiest time of the year for us; school prep, checkups, endless days of marching band practice. Instead it's been a lot of restless energy that can't be directed anywhere because we don't what is going to happen yet. I'm not one for holding patterns and the need to be ready to jump into action once decisions are made but that is where we are. I need to calm down, find my patience and get back in the moment again. 
What to do this week? More of everything! But especially finishing that graduation quilt just in case we do get the go ahead tomorrow. Take care, find some peace for yourself and I'll see you next week :)

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