growing by the hour . . . .
i know. it’s just been a torrent of garden pictures this week and last. i can’t help it—so much is happening out there. and it’s so inspiring.
for those of you who stop by just for the knitting, i’m sorry; truly, there is no plan to turn this into a garden blog. i really do make an effort to keep it related, however loosely.
for instance, today. i’m so excited—there is startitis in so many places. all sorts of little unfoldings are going on here.
the fritillaria have finally come out. and my beloved may apple (just since yesterday morning—i checked). look, the one on the right even has the start of the apple (they don’t all end up with apples—only some).
we are very lucky to have this plant grow happily in our back garden. and there are these . . . surprisingly, a little earlier than last year’s fiddleheads.
i hope i’m still here when they unfold a little more; i want to photograph them again (i got some great shots last year).
and how this relates to what i’m knitting, or thinking about knitting is
i see the same unfurling shapes in this lace, and i’m going to knit the next little nothing in it.
with kim’s whisper merino lace yarn. i love this sweet pea colorway . . . i’ve been dying to put this stitch with this yarn for a while, and finally it’s time.
this is an easy pattern—no lace knitting on the wrong side, nothing tricky—a sweet little motif.
(our pear tree bloomed today; the scent is out of this world, which makes for better knitting)
i switched the new shawl (did i tell you the name is star of evening?) to the longer needle so i could use my shorter needle for the new scarf, and because it’s time . . . it’s getting bigger. but while it is still able to be spread out a bit, i had david snap a photo of it on my shoulders
it’s more than half as long as it will be eventually; i think i have 6 out of 10 total repeats done.
and i am barreling along on my new sock too. i’m making the cuff a tad shorter than i normally would (about half an inch) because i know the yardage on the STR skeins often comes up short, and i have only one.
that said, i think knitting on 64 sts in medium weight makes a good size for david, and, not having long legs he doesn’t need the extra length in his cuff. he will like the thicker fabric of these (if he were really an accountant, and had to wear dress shoes, he might not, but that’s what the 72- and 80-stitch sizes are for—smoother, thinner yarns).
this photo is nice because it shows the true colorway, which is the deepest blue-black sprinkled with a few dashes of a gray-blue and a good dose also of deep ultramarine blue. love.
(ok, that photo was sneaky . . it doesn’t have anything at all to do with the knitting, i just like it)
i think that’s all i have for today, actually. i have to go out and shop for a swimsuit tonight to take on my trip. arrrrgghh. why can’t stuff like that just appear in my drawer without any participation from me?
i’m having trouble finding little lightweight summer sweaters—not handknit ones, but those very thin ones; the kind we definitely do NOT want to knit. i did find pants though, lucky me.
ok, bye for now.
make of this one whatever you will.