well. you said you wanted the bee shawl and i guess you weren’t kidding.
anne and i are just flabbergasted at the response to our project—thank you everyone for your warm wishes for its success and the fabulous number of orders we have received. what a high.
i spent a lot of time this weekend printing patterns to send to anne, but i took a break on saturday to work in the garden too.
nothing calms me quite like hauling rocks, and i had been meaning for some time to work on the edging for the asparagus bed. and do some weeding, ahem. everything is producing now and it’s a wonder
crawling around under the leaves to find hidden treasure is like being underwater a bit. saturday night i made ciambotta with squash, tomatoes, and peppers from the garden. mmmm. next time, we’ll have lots of these to add to it.
i can’t get over how many eggplant we’re getting. you can accomplish a lot with a little help from your friends.
and i got some knitting done, too. the orchid lace mitts are really coming along nicely—i think they will be just what i imagined
the orchid lace lies along the side so that the glove has an asymmetrical design. i’m just starting the thumb gusset, for which i hope the chevron lace can be repeated. of course it will all look a little more elegant when it’s done and blocked. i love the snug fit and the lightweight fabric. the fearless fibers merino has an unspeakably delicate quality that i wanted for this project.
and speaking of deb’s yarn, she’s having a sock club, too. the theme is “the seven deadly sins” . . now who could resist that? i’ll be designing a sock for the last shipment of yarn to go out for the month of november. can you guess which sin i am?
and i have now four (i think) socks on the needles. two of them i am holding back on showing (for now at least) because i’m hoping that they’ll turn out to be designs that i will submit somewhere.
i’m still cranking away on the ones for the yarn4socks (october) club. i just can’t decide yet about the placement of the lace for the final design, and i’ve only tested one heel.
here’s cookie’s heel, which i used the baudelaire pattern to construct.
when i got it done, i was sure i had screwed it up . . .it just doesn’t look right when it’s laying there, or hanging from the needle either. finally, last night i put it on a piece of scrap yarn and tried it on.
well, it’s just like stacey and clinton always say—you have to try it on. seriously, looking at it on the needle, i would neve have thought this heel would fit me well, since i have a rather narrow heel. but it fits a LOT better than i thought it would, though for aesthetic reasons, i think it could be a bit narrower on the bottom side.
tonight i’m going to try wendy’s heel on the other sock. i’ve heard good things, so i’m pretty psyched.
i do like the lace pattern swirling around the leg though . . . it has quite a bias to it so i’m just letting it twirl.
the openwork of the lace is working well with the striping in the yarn too (this is the longER colorway; the other sock is in the longEST colorway).
one thing that i thought would be a problem is how the striping behaves once the heel is done. there’s no way around it that i know of to get the shading to work really well after the detour for the heel, besides splicing.
i figure that if someone wants to splice it, that’s fine, but i don’t think i will write it into the pattern, because if i splice the yarn to look nice on the front of the ankle, it will be off on the back. meanwhile, the lace pattern does a pretty good job of distracting me from the all that.
i am going to be SO busy these next few months . . . i have a number of design commitments to fulfill. some of them i’ll be able to show you and some of them not—to my great regret, because we have SO much fun with all that.
ok, one last lovely outdoor shot to end today (i think i hear david fixing food in the kitchen—FOOD, snort, snort!)
isn’t the coloration on this lily amazing?