the lettuce just won’t give up. i keep picking it for salad, sure that at some point it’ll start to look like and empty bed, but no. as soon as i make room by removing some, the other plants fill in. i know lettuce stands up well to the cold (obviously), but i’m not sure just how far into winter it lasts without extra help. i’ll find out this week; we’re supposed to get snow almost every day—maybe not a lot, but some. and it’s cold, down into the 20s now. i might take in all the rest of it tomorrow to make lettuce soup (i’ve never made lettuce soup but i’m almost sure i’ve seen a recipe for it in one of my books)
yesterday was spinning class and we spent pretty much the whole time drooling over this fiber. it’s some beautiful BFL roving from chris at briar rose. it’s not listed on the site yet but chris has been selling it from her booth at the fiber shows, and plans to list it online soon (but you could always email her to let her know you want some).
this is a beautiful slate blue/gray/plum/gold mix that she sent to me this summer with a bundle of yarn and i’ve been dying to start spinning it (but i was good and finished the project that was on the wheel before i did). it’s incredibly silky—it probably did not need to be predrafted, but i want to spin it fine for another go at making a 3-ply, so i did a little bit of that before beginning.
wow. it spins like a dream . . . so unresistant, yet not slippery either. just lovely, really. so much so, that after class i couldn’t bear to stop—i dragged my chair closer to the front window, turned on my current audiobook, and let myself go for a couple more hours. ni-i-ice.
after that i took a sunday afternoon nap and then started knitting. i worked on the new stole for several hours. i thought i was all set once i decided on an edging
but it turned out that the little insertion panel i chose wasn’t really looking all that good after all. so back to the drawing board and some more swatching and finally, finally, i have it on the needles now. to look at it, you just wouldn’t know what could present a problem—it’s so simple a design.
once i felt really comfortable with that and had some rows completed, i set to work swatching for the new mitts and hat i’m going to make with the fourth of july yarn
and darn it, i forgot to photograph those while the light was good, so we’ll have to look at them tomorrow. it took me a good long while to come up with what i wanted—i knit swatch after swatch to find something with just the right scale and depth of texture to stand up to the variegated yarn. i finally did find one i like a lot, so now i’m ready. these will be a good quick gift knit for several people on my list.
once i got that project under control, it was late and i just wanted something easy and VERY productive to knit (even i can take only so much of not actually making something, then i need instant gratification). so i treated myself to some hat knitting
and got almost all the way through this piece before we went upstairs to watch TV. i finished it up in class this morning and wow—i’m in love. this hat is so cozy and cuddly . . . it doesn’t itch even a little bit. debby saw it in class this afternoon and is making designs on my leftover yarn, but first i need to knit matching mitts and maybe a scarf or collar (then you can have what’s left, debby)
i love, love, love the pilgrim yarn—even more than i loved it the other day. this is THE most excellent hat in my bin right now, mmm. i’m so impressed with this yarn, and surprisingly so.
now i want a sweater that feels just like that . . . i think that will be my after-christmas project. normally, i’d be very skeptical about using a singles for a sweater—the last time i succumbed to the urge, i ended up with a pullover i feel i can’t wear very much, for several reasons. but honestly, i think this pilgrim yarn will work much better.
i’m almost done with my woodsmoke sock and my spiraluscious mitt too, but again, no good light right now for pictures . . . so tomorrow we’ll take a look at those. oh—and just wait til you hear what david has in mind for his “plain” sweater (i actually love it, but it’s so not plain).
and now, time to get back to the stole.