i’ve been working with blinders on all week toward just two goals—putting inches onto the autumn mantle and writing the big fat pattern for it. we’ve eaten sandwiches and eggs for dinner the last two nights (courtesy of david; his eggs are sublime). and convenient as that may be, it leaves me craving lots more veggies and hot food—we are back to normal february weather here.
so first thing this morning, i made it my business to ignore the computer completely and get a big pot of soup going on the stove.
this is my own take-off on ribollita, a comfort dish that we love. in this version, i cook the soup as it normally would be done (no pancetta though; i use a little black salt to get a slight smoked flavor), but substitute tangy rapini (the last of it from my garden) for the black kale and at the end i add a big jar of roasted peppers which have been whirled through the food processor (i used to roast all my own peppers, but now some really good ones are widely available so i keep them on hand for when peppers are out of season).
wanna closer look?
mmm. i used tomatoes and basil from last summer’s garden, including some of the dried ones i put up, for a little extra flavor. we eat this soup with bread, which you can even add right to the dish to make it a thick, rib-sticking meal.
so while that’s cooking, i’ll show you the progress on the shawl
now that the rows are so much shorter, it’s going quickly—i’m really almost done. last night i got to the point where i can begin the shoulder shaping, when the piece will decrease even faster. i expect that later tonight i can get it completed at least to the neck edge, and possibly get the neck edging knit on. wow.
i’m going out to knit with friends this evening and won’t be bringing it along, so it’s possible i won’t completely finish it. but i’m so psyched—i never expected it to go so quickly.
truthfully, starting at the hem always seemed to me a sure way to make me hate knitting a shawl, if that was possible. those long, dreary rows at the beginning, so boring that mistakes are practically guaranteed, which you’d have to rip back hours of work to fix—none of that materialized. it has been all-fun all the way through
it certainly taught me a lesson—one that i seem to need to learn over and over—never judge.
and boy, did it make the pattern build a lot easier to do—no huge multi-page charts, phew.
and last night while i was working on it, i even had an epiphany about a very easy way to add another size to the pattern (we love multi-sizing, right?).
here’s a closer shot of the back panel and shaping which i haven’t had a chance to highlight yet
in my head, i couldn’t picture if this would be pretty or not, but it’s good, i think.
i can’t wait to see it finished now. i think i’ll be able to block it over the weekend and send it off on monday to visit kim and friends at SPA next weekend.
i was so happy with it last night that when we went upstairs to watch TV, i celebrated by getting the new shawl on the needles, instead of just knitting a sock in progress (i can do that while i’m visiting tonight)
this is the sample knit for new the boxleaf triangle pattern i have in progress—the one i knit for my friend kris a few of weeks back. here i’m using fleece artist cambyx, a limited-edition camel/silk blend, offered by evelyn at knitty noddy.
i’m using the hemlock colorway, a rich mix of woodsy greens, gold, and teal. love.
i’ve been saving the start of this project until i had the autumn mantle shawl pretty close to completion, because i know how addictive it’ll be (been there; will do it over and over, heh).
it will be the perfect traveling project to take along on our trip next week—we’re going to visit my mom, to celebrate a very important birthday on her horizon.
i’m planning on finishing the second tidelines sock this evening, too, which means i should plan another project or two to take along (you never know; we could get snowed in over there).
ok, now, i have a big-ass pattern to get back to, so i’m leaving you here—stay warm.