Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Summer Traditions

Happy July!



I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to the 4th of July weekend! To me July is the best of summertime starting off with a celebration and easing into a slower pace and lazy days until the rush of August and "back-to-school" madness.

Here's what I'm looking forward to in July:

1. Cheering on the U.S.A. Women's Soccer team! Sunday is the World Cup Final and the U.S.A. is on fire! Don't know if anything can top that fantastic game with Germany though - whew!

2. Outdoor movies in my hometown square. They started in June, but July is when hubby and I head out for movies outdoors with fresh popcorn, and treats.

3. Reading, reading, reading. I went to the American Library Association conference for the first time and was given a crazy amount of books! So excited to dive in and read.

4. A trip to NYC! Yippee! One of my very favorite cities in the world. I'm going to the BlogHer conference and extending my time to hang out.

5. Knitting. No surprise there. I've not been knitting as much, but then found a great audiobook (The Martian) that is perfect company.

Do you have any summer traditions or things you look forward to every year?

Let us know in the comments below and I'll pick someone to win a copy of  "60 Quick Knits From America's Yarn Shops."



This book has great projects that would be stunning in some Plucky or other luxury yarn. I especially like this lacy hat:


The giveaway will be open through July 5, 2015 and the winner will be chosen at random.
Can't wait to hear about your summer!

Happy Knitting!
Tricia

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18 comments:

Renee Anne said...

Hmmm......there aren't really any traditions for summer in our house but the boys are still small. I know on Friday we're having friends over from Fremont for burgers and brats and pool and such. Saturday, we're heading up to Santa Rosa to spend some time with a former coworker of Husband's and his husband and some of their friends and neighbors. We're bringing pulled pork. And then on Sunday, I've got a class at Atelier Yarns in SF with Alana Dakos.

Little Man will continue with his swimming lessons (which he really likes) and next weekend he starts soccer (which I hope he'll like). And then he starts school in August. ::sigh::

Sarah said...

my parent's family tradition for summer has always been camping! at least a whole week each summer - usually two. It's hard to resist when you live in the land of 10,000 lakes, so it is easy for us to adopt this tradition with our kids!

Jane said...

Hmm. Celebrating my daughter's July 3 birthday, a 4th of July picnic (annual tradition for many years) with some good friends, making sorbet, fresh tomatoes and basil, and buying lots of produce at the local Farmer's Market.

Marjorie M said...

Summer to me means berry picking - blueberries and lowbush cranberries. I love the anticipation as I watch the berries grow and ripen. Part of the fun is also the hunt - to find where they are growing best this year. Our remote property has both - and there are woods around for looking for more. Yum!

Kucki68 said...

We live on Lake Constance and one of our traditions is to take the evening boat on a round trip at least once every year. It is so nice, but as it leaves a bit early for a normal workday for me it needs a bit of planning to make it happen on a sunny day (no planning for that, just hoping we have some).

Rachelle said...

It's winter over here at the moment, but our family tradition is to meet up for a picnic with my family on Christmas day at a local park.

Anonymous said...

Really a lot of the same things as you. Knitting,reading and hanging out with summer friends.

Theresa Foy
tjfoy40@aol.com

Ellen Brittain said...

Listening to the ballgame on the radio, sipping a cool drink, and my ever present knitting. Entering home made apricot jam in the State Fair.

Dana (DanaRae19 on Ravelry) said...

Having a big vegetable garden, and outdoor knitting everywhere! On a dock, at the park, in my yard, there is nothing like fresh air knitting. and strawberry picking for jam to last the year. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

Ashley said...

I always knit socks on my patio in the summer. Always. My fiance and I also have little outdoor dinner dates every Friday during the summer so we can just decompress a little bit and enjoy the hot weather while it lasts.

Debbie McPhillips said...

This summer is all discombulated due to my health, so we are grabbing little adventures as we can, since we can't take our traditional beach week vacation. In a couple of weeks we are taking our chocolate lab to a beach closer to home and enjoying a meal at our favorite restaurant there-- a nice day trip and reward for finishing my first course of treatment! I can't wait to see him jumping in the waves -- he loves water and swimming in a nearby lake so I am really looking forward to seeing him run the beach and chase the waves!!

Martha Hughes said...

My husband's mother has a cottage in The Lake of the Woods region on the Manitoba/Ontario border where his entire family gets together in August. Both our daughters have spent every summer vacation with their cousins swimming, canoeing, biking, hiking and just spending time with family they rarely see. That's twenty years of summer fun. Looking forward to the 21st. Happy summer!

danielle said...

Free books? FREE books? FREE BOOKS? Ok......I am jealous! There use to be traditions when the kids were little.....now about the only must do is the County Fair.....and the realization that no matter how old you get, summer just goes by too quickly....

MegR said...

Going camping AND sitting on the deck -- both of these involve hanging out with my favourite people (and pets) and knitting and reading :)

Anonymous said...

For me summer means reading on the patio, hopefully with a glass of wine in hand. Thank you for steering me to the Stephanie Plum books which are perfect for summer wine sipping (or guzzling).

Maybe "we" will join you for movies on the square once or twice this summer.

And of course, I also look forward to you going to Blogher and bringing back material for excellent blog posts ;)

Please don't put me in the running for the free book...you know me...i will check it out of the library...I swear (unlike some people I know) I am not bringing anymore books into this house!

alittleweirdo said...

I'm looking forward to going to the Oregon lavender festival next weekend! Also planning our annual girls day at the Oregon Coast - the last couple of years we have gone to Cannon Beach, so thinking about knitting Cannon Beach cowls for my friends this year :)

Marianna said...

Time outdoors with friends is what I look forward to the most

Kathy N said...

Knit, knit, knit... I'm working on Adrift by Carol Feller in laceweight. It is taking foreeeeeeeeeevvvvvvvver. :-) But I love it. Also playing in two KALs. Loving the sunshine and flowers in Oregon. Oh, thanks for the recommendation of "The Martian" Looks very interesting.

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