(flower of the day, rose of sharon; just opened its petals this morning)
i had promised myself that i’d spend ALL DAY yesterday knitting, and i got a good start of a few hours-worth first thing in the morning. then i came into the office to check email around 11:30, and never left the desk til 8 pm, because rachel got me to work on fixing up the blog.
and that was really good. we got all the chores done and out of the way (for a bit at least), so that left my schedule clear to knit today.
but before i talk about my knitting, i MUST send you over to another rachael’s blog—this rachael is another Wonder Knitter and has finished her first half of the rectangle bee, which she is test knitting. and seriously you must go look. i’ll wait . . . . .
OMG—i cried when i saw that (it’s the blocking shots—they always get me). i don’t know what i ever did right to deserve to work with such great knitters. she did not tell me beforehand how nervous she was about attempting this project. but she forged ahead and she did great—i love that spirit.
and i’ve been working on my own rectangle bee. i’m almost done with my first half too.
i took some pictures at sunset to show off the yarn, which i love SO much . . .
the richness of the golden buckwheat honey color has such depth. i’ve enjoyed this yarn immensely for its wonderful stitch definition
all the motifs really pop, even after stretching and blocking—even in photos . . . even in the printed pattern photos, which is pretty difficult to obtain considering my home printing setup.
and my finished triangle shawl, which has been passed around quite a bit by now (you know what a strumpet that one is), has kept its shape SO beautifully; it is as crisp and shapely as when i unpinned it, and the surface has not relaxed back at all, which is common with soft yarns.
beckie and karen (both blogless) came over this afternoon and stayed for several hours. we sat on the long, cool screened porch knitting and spinning. i had originally planned to spin, but i was caught up with my bee knitting. i get a little crazy once i get a decent amount of fabric on the needles. i start to be anxious to see the whole picture.
beckie spun and we got karen on the wheel successfully today for the first time. she had tried just once before but it was an ill-fated evening, so this was her first real chance to focus on it. she did great. she went home with a bobbin of VERY nice singles and i’m pretty sure she’s hooked now (hehehe, maybe i can unload some more of my fiber stash on her—and hands off beckie, i got her first).
i just wish i had taken some snaps. darn me.
i brought in a bundle from the garden this morning too
you don’t even need to tamper with a photo like this—just resize . . . its inner beauty speaks for itself. and of course, we want to gobble it up, so i sent some home with beckie and then turned the rest of that
mmmm. is it time to eat yet??