can you believe this?
i am still collecting vegetables from my garden. mostly it’s just enough for a meal every two or three days, but wow; none of our past gardens have offered up goodies for this long.
this is how my tomato patch looked this morning. the temperature went down to 30 last night. weird, huh?
that, of course, is feeding my sense of denial about the fact that one of these days (“and it won’t be lo-ong . . .”) the garden will die off for the season. but not yet, apparently
the eggplant has never looked better, and is still flowering and making fruit. we’re eating good.
i fell in love with my vegetable garden this summer.
i always liked the garden as a functional addition to the house, and thrilled to the produce we got from it. but this summer, i was unreasonably drawn to everything about it.
there, i admitted it. it was a haven for me the whole season, a way to shower love and care, to coax things to grow and be healthy, and to allow nature to reveal to me the splendor of new life after a difficult spring.
i will probably break down and cry the day i wake up and we’ve had a killing frost. i don’t recognize this in myself . . . i’ve never been so attached to the work or the wonder of it.
for now, the big question is, should i bring in all the green tomatoes or not?? there are tons of them out there, and some of them look like they have great potential to ripen into fat globes of summerness between now and christmas. uh, yeah, i think that’s my answer . . .
i feel bad about this next note, but . . . i was going over the snow on cedars pattern today (i don’t even know why) and i found a tiny error:
page 4 in the palm section, R15 and R17 are incorrect; they should read:
R15: repeat R3
R17: repeat R5
it has been listed on the errata page as well; again i’m sorry for that. people expecting kits will need to make that correction, since those patterns went out the other day.
here’s another sort of ripened produce . . . my grafton fibers sock yarn washed, dried, and skeined—ready to be knit into socks . . . or something. mmm.
winter brings a lot of gray skies to our area, so knitting, spinning, and teaching become the avenues along which i can nurture new growth and be productive
this is renee, the hair-genius who takes a razor to my mop of gray cowlicks every four weeks like clockwork, and fashions into something resembling a hairstyle (ha! using my hair and fashion in the same sentence might be a lie . . .). she makes it look as good as possible, so that i just have to wake up and give it a tousle each day before dashing off.
renee is finally learning how to knit (that explains the radiance we see here). she’s been talking about it for a year, and is now attending classes with the wonderful wednesday afternoon knitters. look at her work—she’s only been at it a couple of weeks, and she’s fixing mistakes on the needles already. next thing you know, she’ll be going to rhinebeck next year. look out.
so now that cluaranach is to be launched tomorrow, what’s the next big thing gonna be??
well, i still have a couple of sweaters on the needles from last year and you know, i’d really like to get those done. but they can be background knitting.
because i DO have a new design project i’ve been keeping a secret from you.
a few months ago, tina newton, at blue moon fiber arts, contacted me about creating a shawl design for her new series of yarns.
i was completely bowled-over and honored to be asked; tina’s yarns are much-coveted as you know, and very beautiful. the hitch (oh groan, there is always a hitch, even when both parties want something so much!) was that in order to be included in tina’s book for the series, i’d have to come up with a design in like, a couple of weeks.
at the time i was in the throes of getting the honeybee stole pattern ready, had myriad other deadlines looming (including the BSP you haven’t seen yet), and wondered if i’d ever have time to even take a shower again.
but i SO wanted to work with her—i have long been an STR virgin (and still am; it might become a badge for me . . .), having too much yarn already and not enough pluck to fight over sock yarn. and i knew wanted to give it up at some point. so i semi-agreed.
and then i got a box of raven yarn samples in the mail. can you say, she came undone, bye-bye?
i took a closer look at my calendar. (see how she snuck in that STR to corrupt my virginity to boot? hehehe, i’ve got her number. oh wait—that would be me that loses if i hold out any longer. damn)
i homed right in on the nearly-black raven series yarns—these are all dyed with the deepest tones of hues from across the color spectrum. though they tend to read in photos as mostly deep blue or black, they have beautiful undertones of plum, red, green, gold, etc.
i checked out the sock yarn but knew that would not work for the kind of lace piece i like to knit. there was a skein of geisha that i loved (shown here already wound), but since another designer is doing a large piece in that, i asked tina if i could work with laci, a soft merino laceweight. she agreed it would be a good choice and one that she did not have represented enough.
but we still had to iron out a timeline, since my own schedule was so tight and her deadline was too close. we talked back and forth about how we might make this happen and we slowly ironed out a great way to do it (tina is very creative, convincing, and flexible).
i would not be in the book.
but this was good!
instead, i would create a design apart from the book schedule and blog it.
the yarn colors have been kept top secret until now, but since the line will be launched on november 5th, and sock club participants have received a sneak peek of the line in their most recent sock kits, it’s time now for me to begin revealing my design.
tina sent me a link to a page of incredible raven photos so i could trawl for information. she sent a video link too but i seem to have misplaced that. too bad; i really felt inspired by that one.
i began thinking about the concept and how i could make it mine . . that is, i wanted the piece to evoke all the raven-ness i could muster without being overly literal. i mean, it’s a shawl first and foremost—it’s knitted lace.
and then, it was interesting in the beginning to work with an idea that came from outside myself, something that i wasn’t necessarily inspired to do on my own at this point in time. this one was plopped rather unexpectedly in my lap, rather than growing slowly from my subconscious.
i struggled with that a bit . . . i worried that since i did not spawn the idea from my own observation and desire, that i would not be able to make a design that was . . . mmm . . . transcendent enough, that had enough distance from the real and literal.
but slowly, as i absorbed the idea and turned it over and over (while working on all my deadlines), i formulated a vision in my mind about what i wanted to do.
next time i’ll show you some swatches and talk about the agonizing process of testing choosing.