the other day in knitting class our friend anne C. told us about visiting an area garden that had hundreds of lilies and hostas, and that there was a whole section of scented hostas. none of us had heard of scented hostas but it made me curious, so while i was watering this morning i smelled mine for the heck of it. and i found one! this purple one is a little darker-colored than the rest and variegated as well, and has a gentle scent something like lilac. how about that? ya learn something new every day.
oooh, i just noticed how well that flower matches the sock yarn i’ve been using
if it looks like the sock shrank since you last saw it, you’re right. i decided i didn’t like the stitch pattern i chose at this scale, nor the 1-by-1 ribbing i used, so i ripped it back. i’ll use that stitch for something else i have cooking, cuz it really is pretty; it just needs to be bigger i think. as you can see i started over again in my favorite 2-by-2 rib and i have another motif to try. sometimes you win, sometimes you lose . . .
speaking of knitting class, i worked on my new scarf last night while i was teaching and got almost a third of the way through it.
it’s going so fast—and i love working the pattern. plus, have i mentioned in the last five minutes how much i like this yarn? (briar rose grace) it is so well-suited to the motif . . . see the washes of beautiful dark lavender and rose against the background of varied, herbal greens? lovely, like stained glass. i just need to think of a name. tudor rose comes to mind immediately, but that’s taken. i want something tudor-ish (tudor-esque? . . . whatever.). hehehe. i dunno why, it just hooked me when i first saw it knitted and i can’t let go. maybe it’s the twining part of the motif’s center or maybe the colors.
i have this one eggplant bush that has so many flowers on it right now, that if they all actually make fruit, it is sure to fall over dead. i mean, they almost look threatening
if they weren’t so pretty. it’s true that too often these natural color combinations are what i gravitate to in yarn. i love this one with the green and purply-pinks, interrupted by that vivid marigold color here and there . . . how great would that be in a sock yarn?? we could call it tudor eggplant. yah—just kidding.
while you can shop their dye dreams site any time, you might also run into them at a show . . . i know they have a few on the schedule for this year.
they sent me several man-friendly colors and i’m very impressed with how rich and deep the saturation is on these skeins. i’m absolutely lovin’ that deep dark blue (you can see i already wound it) and that one on the far left is sooo tree-scummy; i might have to write a pattern for that sock after all, just to use this yarn.
catherine at knitting notions is introducing a new yarn this week
a yummy bamboo/merino blend that i know you will love. i’ve got tea rose on the left that david wants socks from, and aubergine on the right that is destined for a scarf. mmm.
she also sent along the yarn for the lacewing rectangle stole
oh gosh, i just looked at the clock and it’s after 5 pm already . . . where did the day get to?? this might be why i am up all night knitting—there’s just not enough day to cover everything.
ok, i have more photos i’d hoped to cover, but i’ll write about them tomorrow . . i gotta run!