we’re supposed to have snow this weekend but so far, the only white stuff to arrive was in a surprise box from my dear friend melisa. she used to live here (and take classes with me), but moved to northern vermont a couple of years ago. she and her husband bought a farm, had two babies, and then got some icelandic sheep. now she’s spinning and obviously, gleaning and sharing the rewards.
mmm—6 ounces of nice white icelandic wool. this will make some great man socks or clogs.
which we will need more of since it’s getting very much colder each day here.
but we have sun in unexpected places, too. the other day i took a look at what’s hiding under the tent on the pool table.
can you spell W-O-W? i have to say, i am liking this ripening method more and more. i haven’t lost even one tomato to rot, and trust me, i have not been diligent about checking them—often a week or more will go by before i peek. i brought some with me to albany which we ate in a salad, and though not quite the same as those fresh from the vine in august, they were vastly more wonderful than store-bought.
i grabbed a batch of the ripest ones the other day, roasted them up, and threw together a pot of pasta e fagioli. YUM. it was one of the best batches i’ve ever made.
and there are still enough tomatoes left to make probably one more big batch of something when they ripen. hmmm, maybe it’s time to start scouting the italian grocery for some baccala.
are you getting the idea that it hasn’t been a very good few days for knitting around here?
seriously, on thursday, between work, pattern writing, appointments, and losing data, by the time i got to bed around 3 am, i hadn’t knit one stitch. not one.
that cannot happen on a frequent basis, especially with christmas rocketing towards me, completely out of control.
since then i’ve recovered a bit of equilibrium, but believe me it felt really weird to go a whole day without needles in hand.
simurgh is growing fairly steadily and i guess i’m about halfway to the finish on the second half. i’d really like to finish this up by sunday night so i can block it on monday afternoon, but i’m not ready to say i will get there for sure. i have another pattern i want to get written today too
apparently, you guys really like this sock. kim has put together a kit that is selling like hotcakes (er, or maybe that’s honeycakes?).
thank you for you continued enthusiasm for the bee stuff, too . . . whenever i think that maybe reworking a theme is not going to fly, time and again you prove me wrong.
and that little scarf—wow, you really wanted that pattern; i can’t get over the response.
forgive me if this sounds odd, but i continue to be amazed that what i knit is of so much interest to others. for someone who has worked most of her life in solitude, oblivious to what’d going on around her, this is a complete (and completely enjoyable) revelation.
i wouldn’t know as much about my designer self without you, or maybe explore all the avenues i do. it’s a really great relationship of the best kind. so thanks!
so, where was i . . . oh yeah, christmas knitting. i think i may be in seriously deep doo-doo on the holiday knitting for this year. not because my to-do list is so long—in any other year, the list of wanna knits i have for christmas would be a breeze. i could start now and easily be finished with time left for cleaning. heh; yeah right.
but this year i have so much design work going on and lots of knitting to do for that, so i’m not sure i can get through the small list i have come up with. plus, as usual, the season as snuck up on me with seemingly unprecedented speed (even though, in reality, time has been passing at the same clock speed it always does).
now, for the last 10 years or so, i have knit nearly ALL my christmas gifts, save the odd book or gift card, and have been lucky enough not to have to step into a store between october 31 and december 31.
and i don’t want to change a thing about that this year. so i’m gonna try. here’s my list
- mitts and hat for the mail carrier
- socks and hat for (grown) nephew
- socks, clogs, and a sweater for a man who shall remain nameless (ok, that sublist is partly decoy and mostly wishin’, but it does have to be something fabulous.)
- a few items like mitts, clogs, or hats for people i forgot to put on the list
now, with the exception of the third item, which actually is a must, that list seems totally do-able, right? but i also have some heavy-duty knitting for new designs, like a shawl, a wrap, some scarves, and a couple of mitts.
the other thing? the first three items on that list pretty much must come from this color family
my nephew only wants items that are black (he’s laundry- and clothes-matching challenged), but i think i can get away with charcoal, for sanity’s sake; i have only seen the mail carrier with black, grey, or blue accessories and i have no idea what her taste is when she is not in uniform; and the man who shall remain nameless could ask for a sweater made of bark strips and i would make it, but fortunately he loves wool and prefers natural yarn colors (especially handspun).
so we are talking about a list of items in a fairly bleak palette overall. how does this happen?
hmmm, i wonder if it’s payback for knitting pretties all year long and ignoring the fact that christmas indeed occurs every december 25th?
yes, i could go crazy with item number four, but let’s face it, spare presents probably ain’t gonna happen til midnite on the 22nd, if at all, and by then, pretty colors might not be as cheering as they seem now.
on the bright side, i have yarns in my stash to fit the bill (for once). with all the lovely handpainted that tempts me, i have remembered from time to time this year to lay in some stock of man colors. AND, the yarns i have on hand to fit the bill are ones i like, which offsets that color yawn a bit.
there is lorna’s laces in charcoal for the socks, which need to be washable and to wear well (check)
i also have some auracania rancon sock in a slate gray semi-solid in case i actually get to make a second pair, or decide on socks for the mail carrier too
and some smooshy in cocoa kiss
and even some sample yarn that came from blue moon during the development phase of the raven projects. i’m not even sure these colorways made it into the final raven clan series, but they are nearly black and i may as well use them if i need to.
on the other hand, that one on the right with the plum undertones? is SO not going anywhere but into my own sock drawer some day.
i still need to go stash-diving into the handspun for something grand enough for that man, but i think i have a few options in sweater quantities up there.
i also have a bag of mission falls 1824 wool in black for hats and quick mitts. i keep that stuff in stock because well, i do have an overwhelming number of nephews to knit for. and it’s such great stuff.
so let’s see how far i can get toward completing that list . . i don’t feel very confident right now.
but the view from my knitting chair at least is colorful.