we are at the end of a very overcast and drizzly week here—not cold, but a dreary harbinger that the gray season is fast approaching. suddenly, it’s fall and i’m looking at the back side of september.
the weather today is a little brighter (but also colder); the sky was actually blue for a while and the september light set everything aglow during the morning. i took the opportunity to go exploring in the garden and actually found plenty of pretty things to share, which i’ll put together for tomorrow’s post (it’s supposed to rain, so that might brighten up my day).
now it’s clouding over again; i was hoping it would stay nice into the afternoon because we need to get a photo shoot in—i’ve got several patterns waiting for cover photos. i guess we could do it indoors . . .
a few days back i showed you the start of a little neckwarmer i was knitting in fearless fibers cashmere sport, which i finished on wednesday
i put it on to soak that evening and it’s been drying ever since (cashmere takes forever to dry)—it’s even still a little damp this morning. but dry enough to drape on the dress form
this is colorway anne—omg, i wish you could feel how incredibly soft and buttery the yarn is. i love how the colors drift in a spiral around it like smoke—i think that enhances the soft cashmere halo rising off the surface of the fabric. here’s a shot that gives you a better idea of what the stitch patterns look like opened up
and just in case you think this yarn is too decadent a purchase?? i used just half a skein (about 100 yards, maybe less) for this one neckwarmer—i’m going to knit a second one from the remainder in a slightly-smaller size (for me). it’s economical timewise, too—this piece took about three hours of knitting time; about the same or less than it would take me to shop for a gift (well, that’s me—i’m terrible at shopping)
i might even knit one in a solid color as well, just to see how it looks—maybe in the mink yarn . . . or maybe that yarn deserves it’s own pattern.
i’ve been doing a TON of swatching over the last few days for another project that i can’t talk about (you’re gonna get tired of me and my secretive ways!). so in a way, i’ve been extremely productive, but on the other hand, i’ve got nothing to show for it.
last night i rode my bike over to beckie’s house (jeez, that makes us sound like we’re 8 years old) to knit—we’re sort-of doing a weekly thursday night knitting/coffee thing and it’s working out great. she’s making a top-down raglan cardigan from the same briar rose yarn i showed you the other day (same colorway, even; i copied her). i totally meant to take a picture of it and then i forgot, ack.
i worked on these socks in another new favorite—skye sock from mackintosh yarns, colorway safari. i just love how this fabric feels—different than the pair i’m knitting in ZYG squooshy; this one is sleeker, but still has really yummy depth. and the color is knitting up so beautifully—just the kind of thing i love, but can’t wear myself.
i did a few rows on the green cardi, but truthfully, not as much as i would have liked—we have a date to meet later this afternoon or evening for a little together time.
mean while, back at the ranch, david is closing in on finishing the back workroom upstairs—the cabinets are nearly done and i think that’s almost the last item on the list (besides cleaning up and getting all those tools outta there).
i love the way the light wood looks with the white plaster—the low-contrast combination just makes the room glow. we’re using a light coat of lime wax on the cabinetry and trim to keep it a soft color. it’s an old scandinavian trick for maximizing light—painted, whitewashed or pickled wood combined with white walls to make the most of watery, gray winter light.
the cabinet has trim now, and sliding doors—it just needs a coat of wax. and the cedar closet needs shelves. i have a whole arsenal of work-related yarns lined up to be organized in there. i can’t wait to get it off the floor and into the cabinets.
while i’m thrilled to move in to all the extra storage, i know that this does not mean i get my workspace back for working yet—once this room is done, we have to move everything from the front room in here to store, while david tears my original workroom apart and fix the horrors that lie beneath. so maybe in another six or nine months i’ll have a finished workspace that i can actually use to knit, spin, and write in again.
we’re getting there . . .
ok, now, i have a sink full of tomatoes (these are just what i picked yesterday) that i have to find space for somewhere; back tomorrow with a photo-post of my fall garden . . .