wide-open flowers on the may apple when i woke up yesterday; a little fruit will form at the center, which is edible (though i’ve never indulged—btw, the rest of the plant is toxic so if you come across it, don’t nibble).
and then we had a surprising visitor—this guy hangs around at night and i often meet him in the dark when dismounting from my bike after an evening of classes. but i’ve never seen him out in broad daylight
he was gettin’ busy in that lawn—rooting around in an absolute frenzy.
“for what“, i asked david, “what do you think he’s looking for out there?”
“grubs”, said david.
ah, yes. oh joy. glad to accommodate. just stay that far from the house, please.
i’ve been knitting while david works on reorganizing our garden space outside
we’re getting rid of the raised bed boxes and expanding the planting space out there. that way, we can include vegetables we always have to skip because of lack of space. later this week we’ll put in all the plants. it got warm early this year and we probably could have done it sooner, but we almost always have a late frost in may and i really didn’t want tempt mother nature.
this may seem grossly unfair, but while david works outside, i’ve been working on new designs inside (i KNOW).
one thing, before i go any farther—jocelyn found a small error in the start shawl pattern on the setup for the top hem edging (this is why we love jocelyn). it’s a small correction which can be found on the errata page (scroll down). sorry for the inconvenience—it’s small i promise . . .
several of them are secret or in a stage that is too early to show, but i do have a new sock that is well on its way.
it’s a very subtle pattern but i love the way it works with this strongly self-striping yarn. it would work equally well with another self-striping yarn or one that pools or spirals (i happen to like certain kinds of pooling, but that’s just me).
the twisted stitches in the shifting rib pattern give a crisp effect that stands up to and has a nice interplay with the color bands, but doesn’t seem to make the fabric tight or stiff—which is what i expected. but it hasn’t come to pass; i think that’s because the placement of the twisted stitches moves from side to side and doesn’t form long, rigid ribs.
the other nice thing about the pattern is that it is a 3-stitch repeat which makes the whole thing easily resizeable, yay.
last night after posting the new shawl pattern, i felt a little tapped out, so i just relaxed with my new little nothing scarf and added a whole bunch of repeats to it
and that was just what i needed—i’m just about halfway through now, woo-hoo. this photo does not do justice to this subtle, delicate colorway dyed by kim—the photos from the other day are better, where the rainy light and surrounding greenery reallyenhance the shifting greens in it.
well, that’s all for today i think—i’m off to work on swatches and new things for a while, now that i’ve re-energized myself (lo-o-o-ong nap today—obscenely long, really. but much needed).