oh, you knitters!

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you deserve flowers, you wonderful people!
when i see doug tomorrow i’ll be getting some numbers and even though i don’t know what they are yet, i KNOW they will be great. our red scarf fundraiser is off to a rip-roaring success—thankyouthankyouthankyou!


and here are a few roses for good measure; if i could reach through the screen to hug you, i would.

saturday was a good day—after a terrific morning run in nearly 70-degree weather, i met with my afternoon class (they are working through love me two times) and while they worked away on their hem patterns, we chatted and i nearly finished up my big slow dog noodle wrap. just the BO left when i got home.


by the time i got to the end of my blog for friday, i was chomping at the bit to knit these reds, so i caked up the yarn. and since it was so late at night, i thought it wouldn’t hurt to just cast on for the cowl i had in my head—you know, while no one was looking.

but i swear, i did not touch it after that until the wrap was completed. saturday night was another story—i bound off that evening while chatting with my friend katharine and after that, i headed upstairs for a date with the TV and my delicious red cowl project.


late as it was (well after midnight), i dove right in and before i knew it, i had completed a half repeat of the pattern, changing shades every four rounds. isn’t the gradient amazing?

i’m not trying to tease you—your skeins are being shipped imminently. lillian and mary have been packing the ones we have, erica and david are working on the shipping labels; as soon as the rest of our order is onsite they will be on their way to you—hopefully on wednesday.


on sunday morning, i tried out the wrap on myself like a big fat scarf and discovered that i love it—waaaay more than i thought i would. i dunno, i guess i was worried that it was looking a little grannyish on the needles, but it’s so not true, once you get it on (i love me some dramatic striping). you could totally rock this out with a cool looking jūl clasp. i know that’s what we’re going to do . . .


after playing with it a bit, i ran a hot soapy bath for it and put it on to soak. yesterday was pretty busy all day, so i didn’t get to block it, but i changed the wash water for a second soak and then a rinse.


one of the myriad wonderful things about natural shades is that you can soak them to fit your schedule, even if that’s a long time—they just get better and better). afterward, the fiber fairly glowed, mmm.


anyone who fears that blocking will somehow ruin the depth of the stitch pattern is just wrong—if anything it makes it better, because clean, bouncy fiber offers much more highlight and stitch definition.

do you want to see the money shot now? of course you do and you deserve it, you wonderful knitters, you (sorry about the miserable light; it was a typically dark and overcast NE ohio day today).


look at that—seventy six inches of bouncy, delicious wool, just waiting to wrap its arms around you. MWAH!


remember how i was getting a little concerned about the dimensions, thinking it was going to grow all out of proportion? it didn’t; it’s a few inches bigger than the pattern estimates, but very much in the ballpark at nineteen inches wide; a great size for a cozy wrap. and because it’s knit on size 9US (5.5 mm) needles, the fabric is light and airy—not overwhelming. it can be bunched up into a scarf or draped around the shoulders.

i’m almost curious enough to knit a scarf . . . but i’m reining myself in because i have a very full knitting schedule for the next forever.


instead, i’m satisfying myself with this cowl knit—quick and fun and fits in between all the sunday and monday tasks on my list. yesterday morning i added a second repeat while i sipped my coffee and listened to a book for an hour.


i tried to get an accurate picture of the colors but as you can see it’s a little hard to pin down; it doesn’t happen just cuz i want it to, haha.

i had a lot on my agenda for yesterday and after working on a pattern most of the morning, i got outside to run (the weather is just too good to pass on it these days) and after a little more work at my desk, i went biking with david til dark.


after a quick supper it was time to make soup—we eat a lot of soup in winter and since we are still picking hardy greens from our garden, i’ve been making large pots of it to put up in the freezer for later in the winter.


last weekend i used our leeks, celeriac, and potatoes to make potato soup


and while i was chopping those ingredients i chopped a little extra, then added a few other veggies to run a second pot with vegetable soup (david’s favorite).


this weekend i started a pot with this colorful mirepoix and added hardy greens and beans to make ribollita, one of my very favorites.

i like the ribollita recipe from the rogers and gray italian country kitchen cookbook, but i’m sure there are as many wonderful recipes as there are great italian cooks. it’s a classic peasant soup that is intended to take advantage of what you have on hand—including leftover soup from the previous day, so the recipe is pretty much lawless. the only thing i would say is to make it far enough ahead to let the flavors meld for a few hours before serving.

this time, it came out so good. oh man, i wish you were all here to share it (it’s even better the next day). fortunately i made the biggest pot possible with the cookware i have and there was enough to eat a couple of times this week, with plenty to spare for the freezer.

another good end to a good day.


in between all that other stuff, i’ve been steadily adding repeats to my lacy physalis shawl. i love how it’s working out; i was able to figure out a formula to do the short rows in an openwork mesh pattern so that you really have to just repeat four rows over and over. it’s one of those patterns that’s impossible to chart with the stitches aligned as they are in the work, so you have to trust the pattern (you can see that i’ve thrown in a lifeline, just in case that didn’t work and i had to go to plan B).


but it definitely works and mine is growing. i think it will be nice if i add an option to the pattern for working the short rows in garter stitch however—for those that prefer it plain or don’t feel like a challenge. but honestly, if you are up for knitting something a little difficult that will sorta blow your mind, the solution to this is a beautiful thing and very satisfying.


i keep showing photos of it looking awfully crumpled and well, not so pretty. because later when it’s blocked, it’s going to change a lot—it might even freak us out a bit. i think i can finish this up tonight so that when i unpin the wrap i can block out this lace—and then you’ll see what i’m talking about.

oops, david just let me know that supper is ready—ribollita and then cowl finishing and then lace knitting, here i come.


just four rounds to go now til it’s done and this is the best photo of the colors yet!


slow dog noodle

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i don’t know what’s going on with my pre-christmas mindset this year, but i have yet to begin even one knitted gift. my list of hand knit gifts is not long—just three items and only one of them big—but for some reason i just keep thinking christmas is in some far-off land across an ocean of time.


every conceivable manner of knitting is scattered all over the house, but finished objects? not a one. i am in various stages of completing several large deadline projects for our january collection and my sample knit of the red scarf fundraiser pattern is in its final stages. i had hoped to have it completed by now, but it’s not!


i am, thankfully, just about ready to start the last stripe, yay! but i’m so behind where i thought i would be in getting the pattern posted and the fundraiser sales going, i’m feeling like a failure today.

for inspiration, i went over to stephanie’s blog while i was eating lunch, because she always puts on a great pre-christmas show and is a barrel of laughs, too, which i find completely inspiring and energizing. but lo and behold, she is talking the same tune as me and dealing with almost identical challenges. now that’s frightful.

i keep telling myself that not having all the christmas knitting done in time is really ok, considering how challenging my schedule continues to be, and that every christmas doesn’t HAVE to be the same, rung in with delicious piles of satisfying knits, lovingly crafted for each special recipient (because making time to create and give handknits is just that—very special).

but you know what? some things should not change.

like our annual red scarf scholarship fundraiser. the fundraiser is many things—it’s a fun new quick knit design to knit and share, it’s a time to give a little and know it will add up to a lot (even non-knitters can buy one to get in on the action). but most of all, there is at least one person who is really, REALLY dependent on what we gather and place in the scholarship bucket—our foster care to success sponsored student, brandy. this student is very young, but has very adult responsibilities; our contributions make a huge difference to her peace of mind and well-being as she navigates a college education on her own. she’ll be a senior in college next year and this fundraiser will help get her that degree she’s been working so hard to obtain.

so, even though my sample isn’t quite done (same as last year) and the pattern ain’t pretty yet, here it is—slow dog noodle. the name was kindly suggested by noralee, who added this definition to her comment:

Skier rode up a steep side of a mogul to dissipate speed while assuming an exaggerated sitting back position. At the crest of the mogul and while still crouching, with skis now balanced directly on the crest, the skier swiveled the skis. The slower the motion, the more perfect the execution. (definition from “Story of Modern Skiing,” by John Fry) Cool, elegant move to watch.
Can’t help it, this just made me laugh.

it made me laugh too, when i imagined what katJ and kimkimkim will do with that one; it also described the stitch pattern so perfectly that i had to have it. slow dog noodle it is!

now you’ll notice that this particular pattern listing is a little different—thanks to david’s hard work today, there’s a dropdown menu so you can choose your purchase price, from $7 and up (we’ve added options for those who would like to give more).

100 percent of every single slow dog pattern sale through december 31st will be added to the scholarship fund


purchasing is as easy as any other pattern on our site; it just requires that tiny extra step of using the pulldown menu. the pattern is also available on ravelry, however, we cannot set up the extra donation option there. if you’d like to make an extra donation, we ask that you purchase here and request for us to send it to you in ravelry (your download will be immediately available here; it may take a little while for us to process the rav thing. we appreciate your patience!).

i know you’ll be generous one way or the other—if you just can’t afford it this time, it’s ok; please shop it around to friends and family, put it on your Facebook page, pin it, or share it with your ravelry groups and knit night buddies (go ahead, guilt them into it if you have to, haha). those are equally excellent ways to help us reach our goal.

the fundraiser is a truly worthy effort, dear to our hearts and beloved by readers; i wouldn’t ask if it wasn’t.

by the way, we’ve gotten a nice jump on our fundraising by selling out the gradient sets we posted—our accountant doug tells me we’ve collected over $990 already. way to go readership; we love you!! and doug loves getting mentioned on the blog, so let’s keep him busy giving us good news.


now you can use your red gradient set to knit this scarf or wrap or you can stash dive for something else to knit it with; that’s up to you. the design falls completely within the parameters of the type they like to collect for the red scarf drive—unisex, a good length, and a nice width. it has some openwork, but nothing a guy wouldn’t wear.

i got behind this week and wasn’t able to cast on with my red skeins yet, but i’m treating myself to a nice sit-down with them this weekend. i want to design a cowl and hat with the same stitch pattern; something that will roll off the needles in a jiff. we had some skeins that were short a little yardage after rewinding so i took those to play with.

when all of the yarn arrives and all of the preorders are filled, we may have a few sets skeins left to list on the site for sale as well as some single full-sized skeins; we will let you know right here on the blog if that’s the case. we know they went fast; you guys are so generous! if you missed out and want to get on the waitlist with a request, please use the contact form in the sidebar here to let erica know. she will fill them in the order they are received and do her best to match you up with the configuration you are looking for.

ok, you know what?? i’m feeling a lot more christmassy already—let’s give that holiday spirit some legs! giving always makes me feel useful; i think it’s  good time to go finish up that wrap so i can cast on something RED. in fact i think i’ll cake up those skeins first . . .

a dickens of a yarn

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our red skeins are starting to arrive, yay! so far, we have received the 1-ounce sets and some 4-ounce sample skeins to begin projects with.


soon we’ll be able to pack up your gradient sets and get those out in the mail, yippee! and wow, you guys, THANK YOU for your preorders—we have sold almost everything we ordered from the dyer. right now we still have a few 2-ounce sets to sell and once everything arrives here, we’ll know whether we can add a few more in the largest size (smallest size is definitely sold out for good).


we have reserved some full-sized skeins to list individually, in case anyone wants to purchase a single shade or a sweater quantity.


speaking of which—omg, how much are you drooling over that darkest one? SO gorgeous and so unexpected; i think he might be my new yarn boyfriend.

anyway, here are the colors—david spent some time today taking careful photos to capture the color accurately (it’s hard with yarn to get it just right!). the shades are actually much closer from one to another in real life; when you place them next to each other, you can see that the transitions between them will be smooth.


i just love how the character of the base yarn comes through and works with the red; when you look close, you can see a range of fiber colors within the shades. i showed them around at knit night last night to much sighing and lip smacking. amanda hit the nail right on the head when she said, “i think this is the first time i’m actually falling in love with a gradient”. do you hear that rita??

so, before i actually saw these colors i had thought i would name the shades after santa’s reindeer, you know? but then i saw how rich and tweedy and sophisticated they are and now i’m thinking i’ll pull the names from the dickens christmas carol story. ok, so what do you think of these (left to right):
fezziwig, christmas present, cratchit, and (naturally) scrooge.


meanwhile my wrap, knit in the undyed shades of the same confection sport yarn base, is progressing very nicely. this yarn and pattern combination makes for a pleasant, relaxing project to reach for at the end of the day—or any time i feel the need for a break during this extremely busy time.

i was on the fence about how to arrange my shades (you could do almost anything, including a random pattern), but i finally decided to work two sets shading from light to dark. but i think i’m changing my mind and instead may go back to shade from light to dark at the center and back again. and then i’ll do a different pattern when i do my red sample—either a cowl and hat with narrow stripes (maybe even random ones) or a scarf in one set of four shades. so many possibilities . . .

now that i have red sample skeins to play with, i’ll be casting on soon with those. the pattern is all set to go—just awaiting final dimensions and yarn requirements (i’ll know those as soon as i’m done with my sample). i wanted to release it by now, but i was afraid that would be just a big tease, with the yarn sets not quite ready yet. it shouldn’t be long though before we can all enjoy those together. we are getting boxes from rita nearly every day. erica, barb, and david will be joining us for the knitalong as well; i’m not sure what they’ve decided to do with their yarns . . .


hey, speaking of great things to knit at this time of year, have you seen mary o’shea’s new design, winter people mittens, knit in two shades of our kent DK yarn?

they are super-duper; i just love them


(they remind me of our wedding/engagement ring patterns).


mary, whose tullymongan designs usually venture toward stranded colorwork, is always coming up with the playful, modern color work patterns i wish i was designing. and often lately using our bare naked wools yarns, which makes us ever so happy.


these are not only amusingly mid-century in their pattern, but so functional for really cold weather, with the addition of the optional lining in soft, alpaca/merino better breakfast fingering.


not only that, but she designed them to have a string that will keep them on your person when you need to free your fingers at the tollbooth, bus stop, ATM, or for dog walking. no more losing one at the bank.


in other knitting news, my interlaken skirt is off the needles. i snapped a few photos when it was just finished, to show you how awful it looks with the patterned areas sucking in and causing the plainer areas to pucker.


no worries though—some steam blocking straightened all of that out enough that i could see it did not need to be reknit, just “encouraged” to lie flat and behave itself (yes, i may have mentioned the clapper, but not in a seriously menacing way).


there was one small glitch though—once blocked, it was bigger than i had estimated, but luckily i had not submitted the pattern for tech editing yet and could still make adjustments.


i made each panel a little narrower from the hip down to slim down the silhouette a bit, which will also shorten the length to just where i want it.


barb showed up at knit night last evening in her just-finished cam cable pullover (also included in our january collection group), and once i had a chance to snap a quick photo, she dove for the skirt and pulled it on.


she just loves this piece (and yes, she did drop her pants right in the shop to get a better look, haha).


the stitch count and length are a perfect fit for her, but i’d prefer it if we got to that number with more panels that are narrower. that way there will still be a nice number of them in the smaller size that will fit me better.


we agreed that she would knit the new, smaller version (this time in stone soup DK, river rock) and then we could swap samples. she is super excited to get her legs into this garment for keeps, haha.


today it went into a nice soapy bath to soak and soften, along with my oculus coat, which i hadn’t wet blocked yet.


the texture looks even richer and more defined, now that the fiber is clean and blooming and the stitches are falling into their rightful places.


the awesome cable along the sides of the coat is finally able to spread out and lighten up a bit—we just adore its bold look. the mohair in the chebris worsted that i knit with (in dragée) is blooming like mad; it’s going to be delicious to wear, mmm.


both are drying now; the next step will be to style them with additional garments and accessories to get ready for the photo shoots coming up soon. patterns for these and more will be available in our ensemble collection, releasing in mid-january. myself and a few designer friends have been working hard on some great mix and match pieces—all in shades of bare naked wools.


now i can get back to working out the top portion of the shawl that i started over thanksgiving; it’s been waiting patiently for me all week. this evening i worked out a tentative chart for the crescent shape in a mesh pattern—i’m hoping it will work, but if not i have a plan B to go to.

ok, i think that’s everything i have for today. i’ll be back in a few days with updates (i’ll see if our bookkeeper doug can give us the scholarship numbers so far) and some newsy items about books, patterns, and gift ideas that friends have been sending my way—stay tuned.


not so unrealistic after all

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did you have a good thanksgiving weekend? ours was just great—with much appreciated downtime from our usual pace at home.


we got to spend a few days in a fantastic part of vermont with family, at my cousin’s home on lake champlain.


our first night there was thanksgiving eve and after supper i finished up what i could of my skirt project, which i’ve been knitting in our kent DK, color driftwood.


now you can see a lot better what is going on at the hem—the same motif as the top of the skirt but larger and more dramatic, due to the increased stitch count of each panel. i filled in the negative space at the lower edge with the twisted rib to keep that from curling.

it reminds me a little bit of those huge ski jump runs they set up for olympic competitions, so i’ve decided to name it interlaken; for some reason the ski jumping in those particular games sticks in my mind.


but, with just two rounds to go (one of them the BO), i ran out of yarn, as i expected. time to put this project away until we got home. i was in bed by 10:30 pm that night and had my first truly full night of sleep in ages.

with more than a few fabulous cooks onsite to share the work of holiday preparations, i was able to get out on a sunny TG morning for quite a run along the western lake shore, then down and around hyde point, robinson point, and pearl bay—about twice as far as i’d planned. when doing a new route, i’m not a good judge of how long i’ve been running.


while heading outward and south, the wind was so strong that it blew my legs sideways as i went so that i kept kicking myself between strides (stop that laughing). i was glad i went south first—later, on the road back north i had a nice tailwind to make up for running so much further out than i’d planned. no worries; i needed to work up an appetite for the afternoon meal . . .


back at the house, the teenagers were up and dinner prep had swung into full throttle. some of us helped in the kitchen while some of us made the tables ready—with eighteen people total for dinner we had two.


many hands make light work and this dinner was no exception; with so many good cooks around, the scope of dishes prepared for both meat eaters and vegetarians was incredible.


with everything from maple-glazed parsnips to a warm salad of shaved brussels sprouts to caramelized cauliflower, plus vegetarian shepherd’s pie and the usual trimmings of sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, etc, etc.


and every bit of it was just scrumptious. don’t even get me started on the desserts . . . i was so taken in by those that i forgot entirely about snapping photos, haha.


after dinner and cleanup, we all settled in for an evening of conversation, reading, puzzles, and knitting. my niece and nephew completed the puzzle they’d been working on all afternoon and posed for a proud photo. they are getting so big—every time i see them they seem to have grown several inches.


david and i each cast on for new projects—he’s been working on his blanket squares quite monogamously since january and brought some of those along to continue. i wonder how many blocks he has finished now? i know he’s got piles of them . . .


however he also needs a new hat, so he packed up a skein of stone soup DK in river rock to switch off to (he’s become a real knitter this year, now with multiple projects in play!). he loves his squish me cap, but somehow managed to shrink it and tho he still wears it faithfully, it doesn’t slouch as it used to (see above).


within a few hours he was well along; you know how these hats are—nothing short of addictive. he’ll be wearing this new one very soon.


meanwhile on my end of the sofa, i continued on the new shawl i’d cast on that morning while i watched the sun come up and waited for the temperature outside to rise a bit.


i am knitting with our finest lace yarn, cabécou brillant, which is a lustrous 2-ply mohair/silk/coopworth blend.


it’s very fine for an artisan lace yarn, with a thousand yards per four-ounce skein, but i’m knitting it on size 6US (4.0 mm) needles for a very airy fabric; the yarn will bloom to fill in the fabric with a lovely halo. i’m knitting with the champagne shade, which we have spun with the brown and red mohair—the more rare color that we get only in small quantities.


the color is a like parchment, which is perfect for the design i’m working on. my blocked swatch here is in the sel gris shade; the motif is adapted from an old lace book and its solid areas remind me of the dry, papery leaves that cling to dead plants at this time of year, before they tear away during winter exposure. in this yarn, they will flutter just like the real thing, with the barest movement of air.


much as i am entranced by their translucency, i am even more taken with the negative space in this pattern—those delicate skeletal structures joining the leaves are exact replicas of the membranes that line the casings of seed pods left behind by our asiatic lilies.


the representation is so uncannily organic that it brings the yarn into a whole other dimension for me. i just love it when a composition of yarn and shapes comes to life like this, sigh.


hard to believe it now, but that swatch once looked exactly like this homely, crumpled fabric, too—the magic of blocking will open this up and smooth out its surface so that it sparkles and dances with the same light.


can you tell i’m excited about this one? i’m naming it physalis for now; while physalis pods don’t have the cool-looking membrane between the segments, they do have the same papery texture and transparency i find attractive and the name is wonderful. i can’t find a specific name for the lily pods, or i might consider that (any botanists or horticulturists out there who might know?).


though much more gray and even windier on friday morning, i went for another fantastic long run—it’s amazing what a difference it makes when i get a proper night’s sleep.


i never thought i could do two long runs back to back, but i felt at least as good the second day. and though i started out intending to do a short recovery run, i ended up doing an even longer one, this time north and out to bow and arrow point and back (chalk one up also for not knowing the terrain very well; it looked WAY shorter in my maps app).


but with scenery like this, it’s easy to keep going and going, just to find out what’s around the next bend.


the point is a cape that ends in a super-pointy spit of land upon which a YMCA camp stands; unfortunately, the very point is closed to the public. but the cape is still a nice run.


the road back took me past an old graveyard and a lot of farmland.


water and mountains formed a backdrop in nearly every direction. there’s something about a farm property that has settled into quiet for the winter; while i’m sure the house and barn had plenty of activity to fill their spaces, the fields were soothingly at rest.

after a hot shower and a good stretch, i headed to the kitchen to start making turkey sandwiches, first for my mom and and our host’s mom, then one for me. and after that, more knitting. i’m telling you, this was one of the best mini vacations ever.

i honestly can’t remember how the rest of the day passed except that it was relaxing and i’m pretty sure i had a nap at some point, haha. we all convened for a good dinner of risotto made by my cousin along with the butternut squash soup i had brought, made entirely of things form our garden. once again, everything was delicious and the company was the best part.


up early the next morning, i decided to cast on for another project—something more mindless and easy on the hands that i could manage easily in the car. we were heading home later that morning. can you guess what it might be?


can you guess now??


it’s my prototype for slow dog noodle, the red scarf project! i’m knitting this first one in undyed shades of confection sport while awaiting the dyed samples to arrive from rita at yarn hollow (they arrived today, yay! we’ll show all in a post later this week; you won’t be disappointed). and yes, we will be offering sets in the undyed shades too, although you could buy some now if you wanted to.


i’m using white chocolate, cookies n cream, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate. i’m knitting the wrap size to get an idea of what the yardage requirement will be. i’m working size 9US (5.5 mm); i think this is about as loose as i would go with this yarn and pattern. i’m still getting excellent stitch definition and a nice even fabric; the bigger needles give it a super-light and airy hand. the combination of the very springy corriedale fiber and this very stable stitch pattern makes for a fabric which will keep its shape nicely despite the loose gauge.


as it turned out, i did most of the driving saturday, so i didn’t get much car knitting in, but i worked on it that night at my mom’s house while we watched a couple of movies on TMC and then also on sunday afternoon on the way back to ohio (i drove the first half; david the second).


even though i’m knitting the length of the wrap in each row (it’s a side to side construction), the stripes just zip by—after a few more hours put in on it last night i was into the third shade already. in this version, i’m doing a half repeat in each shade and the repeating the sequence again for the wrap width. my next sample knit will be with the red yarns and i’ll take advantage of the closer gradient colors to work from dark to light at the center and then back to dark again (there can be several combinations, including a random one!).

i had thought i would release the pattern before we left for our break, but i’m glad i waited; while it wouldn’t bother me to release it with my sample unfinished as i did last year, i really needed to get a better idea of the yardage estimate, since it starts with a very long cast on—we need to know more or less how much yarn each stripe will require (and now i do).

now i have a set each of one ounce and four ounce skeins, so i can start on a red sample any time. later this week, i’ll be able to show you that and get the pattern posted for purchase.


after breakfast on sunday morning at my mom’s, i remembered that i’d promised her i’d cast on the large number of sts for her next project—an hourglass throw knit in this gorgeous briar rose abundance, gifted to her by darling chris when my mom had her knee surgery several years ago.

chris thought she would enjoy knitting a big project during her recovery, but as it turned out, my mom wasn’t feeling up to such a big project. since then she’s had a few items in her queue that she wanted to complete, all the while talking about how she was getting closer to starting this throw in “that beautiful yarn form your friend”.


finally she has cleared her plate of afghans for the grandchildren and now it’s time to knit for herself; this gorgeous colorway will look stunning in her living room. so the last thing i did before i left was to cast on and place all of her markers, then work the first row to set up the pattern for her. she can take it easily form there.

i told her it should be done by christmas, right? she just snorted.

alright then, time for me to go for the moment; i have knitting to do myself. i’ll be back in a day or so to tell you about IMMERSION mini club—our winter/spring voyage into the wild blue yonder.

signups open today for everyone, yay!