upside-down antipasto sandwich. mmm.
it doesn’t always work out that the leftovers have the right proportion of everything to make a yummy sandwich, but this year we hit it. beckie, you should be so sorry you didn’t take this home. but hey, you could come over for knitting and lunch this weekend . . . .
what could be better?
well, there is one thing . . . . maybe not better, but the perfect counterpoint
mom’s christmas cookies.
they were heaped much higher on christmas eve, and i realized today that i needed to get a photo of the diminishing pile before the chocolate ones disappeared entirely. (ahem—someone whose initials are DAVID has a bit of a penchant for chocolate. me, i like the shortbread and nut ones, but go through them a lot more slowly than he does.)
it’s nice to have leftovers and sweets to nibble on for the time between christmas and new year’s.
so, i finally finished a pair of mitts for myself and i’m wearing them as i
i love them—and, i really really needed them. i think i’m now completely in shape to stay warm in an old house this year. now, onto getting a few sweaters knit, eh?
they came in especially handy this morning after i’d spent a couple of hours on the living room floor with damp hands
blocking oh! canada.
(i know. it’s getting a little crowded in there, but i figure the wrap will be dry by tomorrow. and wow, can i just say that my house looks a lot better and cleaner in photos? makes me want to paper the walls entirely with blog photos instead of looking at the real thing . . . ).
ok, back to the subject at hand
it’s done! judy’s rich brown/gray/blue artisan merino & silk yarn is veritable river of luxury.
the rows of geese and cattails opened up beautifully after a good soak, and the fiber bloomed to a deep, yummy color and feel.
i can’t get over the transformation of the cattails in the center, which all but disappeared in the knitted fabric, and over which i fretted, feeling they did not balance the “geese” as well as i’d like. all that fretting for nothing . . i am thrilled with the proportion now. they look more like cattails even than they did in my imagination. just goes to show—you never know.
here’s the joining row, worked in kichener stitch after the two halves were knit from hem to center back. i’m pretty tickled with the diamonds that formed in that area—another reference to one of my favorite canadian products: black diamond cheddar.
i think i even managed to get the grafting of the garter stitch edging right this time
hehe. now if i can only remember how i did it for next time . . .
i also started work on a new pair of mitts
i love this fabric; it reminds me of the bumpy cobblestones, called pavé in europe, used to line streets. these stones add such challenge and excitement to the bike races we watch, such as paris-roubaix, also known as “the hell of the north”.
in fact, i may even name them after that race; we’ll see.
i started on a zig zag hat to match the mitts, too. no picture yet, but i hope to finish both those projects, plus the last snow on cedar mitt before the 31st. and hopefully a sock as well.
hmm, i better get cracking on that.