late summer has descended on us and the weeks are busy now—for some people it means getting those last minute items checked of on the to-do list before heading back to school or work. for us, it means scoping out the best places to get produce from this year’s so we can put some away for winter.
our reduced kitchen space and lack of running water means doing very small batches at home in between bigger ones in a friend’s kitchen (beckie has been especially generous in this regard, giving me both overruns of fresh garden vegetables and a place to do big sticky jobs, like putting up fruits.)
holy cow, the peaches are deLICious this year, at least where we live! it must be all that rain we had early in the summer—they are large, super sweet and tasty, and juicy. AND abundant; which is is often not the case. i drove to our local farm, vogley’s, this morning to load up in preparation for a kitchen day tomorrow.
some blackberries found their way into my car as well; these are easy, just put them in bags and place in the freezer. then sometime deep in the winter, i’ll pull them out to make a holiday cobbler, yum!
i’ve been sticking close to home this week with a cranky leg problem and i’m getting stir-crazy. i’m not really sure what happened—i raced last saturday and had a really good result; my fastest time yet. afterward, i felt great, but maybe i didn’t stretch enough to offset that effort.
back home, i worked at my desk for a while until it was time to work at our neighborhood block party—i manned the welcome booth, which was the best job because i got to meet and talk to all the kids (they had to come see me for tickets to the games). and basta!—somewhere between there and home, my leg convulsed into a grand seizure and i could barely move it for the next few days.
there’s no doubt that this development has slowed me down—just getting around the house takes twice as long. and of course, as soon as my mobility is challenged, i begin forgetting stuff so that i’m constantly just getting upstairs to remember that what i need is actually downstairs. i couldn’t drive most of the week either.
i had a massage and it’s been slowly releasing since wednesday, but still hard at the center of the muscles and painful at sudden moves or knocks. needless to say, there has been no running or bike riding for me this week and i’m kinda jumping out of my skin. today i did a some walking around the grocery store and noticed that inclines are a little challenging; good to know, since i plan to head out into the neighborhood later on, which is quite hilly.
sigh, it’s always something, isn’t it? good thing we have knitting at times like this . . .
i finished another hat and took these photos before putting into soak, so if they look a little rough, that’s why.
this one is based on my sign of four sock design and knit up once again in ecobutterfly qoperfina organic color grown cotton. i’m hoping it will fit david ; he’s really taken to wearing a cap in all but the warmest of weather and a nice cotton one would be perfect for the between seasons.
you know, something to go with those sign of four socks, haha.
i also finished several secret projects, which i can’t share with you yet, but if you want to peek at one of them, you can see it here, while it’s sisters are here (kindly knit by vanessa and karolyn). they are the first projects in our 2013 fall in full color club, which launched this week; we are off to another flying start.
i’m making steady progress on my briar rose sea pearl sweater and now you can really see how the patterning is playing out. once it’s blocked it will be even more embossed. the hem is now within reach—just two or three inches to go and i’ll be binding off. then the sleeves and i’m done. i think they’ll go quickly after all this knitting on the body.
i am doing VERY well on yarn; i hesitate to say how much i think i’ll use in the end but so far, i don’t even think i’ve gone through a skein and a half (not at ALL a guide for buying yarn, haha, just an observation. who knows, the sleeves could end up being a black hole of yarn).
what i really need to think about is buttons—i keep forgetting. i have buttons from last year’s FIFC club that i saved for my collection—i need to see if they’ll work and if not, then i gotta get a swatch out to sarina at moving mud so she can make some pretties for it.
i honestly have not meant to let this languish, but when it got hot for a little while back in july i put it aside. then i traveled a bunch and got behind on deadlines and well, here we are. fall is just around the corner and it’s already pretty chilly at night so i need to finish this up and wear it.
i also need to get buttons for it—note to self.
(do i have a button problem building?)
speaking of buttons, remember that highlander sweater that cherie knit for me? it got a nice bath last weekend and it feels luscious in our stone soup DK, color granite. it’s funny, we’re all remarking on how the granite yarn feels different than the pumice yarn—not better, but different. it’s amazing that when fiber is undyed, you can really feel the difference between batches.
anyway, this sweater also needs buttons, but certainly i have something on hand, considering how many buttons i collect that are made from natural materials. it’s really only a matter of what size and how many.
first up from my button box are these cedar gems—i love that each one has a little purply red at its center, like a beating heart.
the purple and yellow colors int his wood really pop against the blue-brown gray of the sweater fabric and i kinda like it. i’m not sure the button size will fit these holes, but i could reknit the button band to accommodate that; it’s only a few rows.
next up are these smooth antler buttons, which is what i used on my original highlander sweater and they worked out so well (i still adore that look).
they look ok against this fabric too, but i’m not sure they’re my favorite. a little too white; they look a bit like they are jumping off the front of the sweater.
i do have some that are more gray and have really cool edges; these are actually pretty awesome. but they are almost impossible to work through regular buttonholes, they tear at the fabric too much for my comfort. i’d have to do a loop closure to use these (but that can be arranged—who knows, i just might!)
then there are these horn buttons, which at the moment are sort of my favorite (but the cedar ones are too). can i just say?? i heart horn buttons; they are SO old mannish.
i got these when i was shopping with karolyn at churchmouse yarns in bainbridge. they are a little small though; i need to call the store and see if perchance they have slightly larger ones. three-quarter inch size would be perfect.
what i’ll do is leave these choices out in my studio so i can see them as i walk by for the next few days. over that time, one of them will rise above the others. and just in time too—the nights are getting chilly.
ok, that’s it for today; i have to go to bret and connie’s party; it’s their anniversary today.