this is a new variety of tomato for us, earnie’s plump. really, doesn’t it look more like it should be named earnie’s gut??
i’ve been buried in blocking and paperwork the last couple of days (trying to get the two lacewing patterns completed for the test knitters; poor nan has yarn and no pattern yet, but it’s coming nan!), so actual knitting time has been sporadic at best.
and secret projects are beginning again—i spent about three hours last night swatching for one, and looking longingly at my shawl once in a while . . .
these new secret projects are smaller though, so hopefully won’t garner all my time.
still, i knit a few shawl rows anyway (i am only a few more away from beginning the insect band), and finalized the shape, size and details of the lacewing bug for the insertion above the hem.
it took about nine tries to get it to this point (and then get it charted correctly) but i like it a lot now and the size is in proportion with the rest of the shawl. when i did the swatches i thought i would like a smaller version better, but as the real shawl grows, i see we need the original, larger size. i’m psyched to get it onto the shawl now, and tonight is the night, come hell or high water (oops, better be careful what i say about weather . . .).
i also put in a little quality time the other night with the pink kite socks (here’s one for ya: is a pink kite like a red balloon? just wondering what your take on it is . . . and how about that great sweater the kid has, eh? it is, hands down, my favorite film ever i think).
anyhow, here they are—moving along at a nice brisk pace.
i just love it when inches and inches of sock comes off the needles in the space of practically no time . . . don’t you? totally addictive pattern, totally great TV knitting; i don’t even have to look at anything while working it. i need this in my life right now. thank you david (and—how does he know these things?).
my spinning however, moves along much more slowly. i did not spin ten minutes a day, not even during tour de fleece. i did not meet either goal i set for the tour weeks. i spin on sundays though, and i plan to continue. i’m on my second batch of the merino alpaca top, and must be happy with progress at a slower pace. but progress is something, anyway . . . better than two months ago.
now tomorrow there are two new online ventures with grand openings, so make a note to visit and take a peek (you might see something you like!)
click on her name there to go to her blog, or the shop name to do a little drooling—the list of fibers she’s going to carry is astounding. as an added bonus, heather is offering a 10% discount to you if you make a purchase on august 1st or 2nd; simply use the discount code “Shivaya” at checkout.
and as if that weren’t enough, tomorrow is the big, splashy opening day for twist collective—be there or be square.
it promises to be visually terrific, with lots of favorite designers represented—even me.
for now you can still click the link above to play with the interactive teaser page . . .
back to the shawl for a minute . . . i have been working on the rectangle stole version and thought about how many of you liked the name melanzana when i jokingly mentioned it the other day. i really do love my eggplant flowers and leaves
the shapes of which i can totally see in the shawl motifs
then there is the generous fruiting of the plants
we have so many kinds—besides the usual long, dark purple, we have variegated ones
and some cream ones in a different shape
(and i don’t even know what the bangladeshi long ones will look like yet).
i thought i’d celebrate by giving the stole that name. actually, i was thinking of foglio di melanzana (eggplant leaf) or fiore di melanzana (eggplant flower). too long? do we like it better as simply melanzana? what do you think? maybe theresa can even offer a suggestion that rolls off the tongue better?
ok, enough babbling . . i have to get my patterns in shape; nan is waiting (ever so patiently and excitedly, but waiting, still).