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well, it certainly has been a week of surprises and new situations. thank goodness i have knitting; it helps me think through so many challenges, has taught me to relax, but keep my eyes open, and to fix things when they go wrong, accepting only my best effort. it’s one thing i do every day that when i walk away, i know i’ve given the work my best. it always leaves me feeling competent and optimistic.


i’ve knitted furiously over the last few days, finishing that front piece for my cardigan in kent DK that i showed you in my last post—which now has a name: herringweave.


on election day we tuned in to the race around 11 pm and watched til well past 4 am, which gave me ample time to cast on and make great progress on the largest part of the back piece. i could hardly sleep afterward, so i was up early on wednesday and at it again.


while i have much too much to do and cannot spend a whole day knitting, i was able to make very good progress at knit night and afterward, so that tonight, i have a shot at finishing up that big back piece. after this, i just have the sleeves and they tend to go fast—especially when the finish line is in sight!

and i have to say that after all that knitting, it feels good to have accomplished something tangible, and to have gotten my thoughts in order so i can get some work done (though i will need more, heh).


look what barb knit to go with that cardigan—a matching skirt. isn’t it adorable? the idea was to make a suit that is comfy and easy to wear all day. she’s going to knit a cardigan to go with it, in a slightly lighter shade of kent DK.


this week, a couple of the orchids started putting out new flower shoots. they’ve been making now roots for a while, but these are definitely stalks.


and at the same time, the “summer squash” plants that are usually well dead for months by this time are continuing to flower and fruit—this is a first for us, but i’m grateful.


i love this photo of ripening cherry tomatoes surrounded by a frill of dried leaves and stems—you can tell they are just about bursting with juice; how does a nearly dead plant do that?


nearly every night it gets almost cold enough to frost, but so far, it hasn’t. it was pretty nippy yesterday afternoon so i picked every last possible pepper and eggplant to avoid losing them all (they keep for weeks in the fridge), but when i woke up, i saw that not a plant was touched. hunh. don’t get me wrong; i am happy for the garden to put out as long as it wants; i am hoping that this year will be like last year, when we were still picking greens in january. as it stands, i’m pretty sure we’ll be bringing some fresh produce to my mom’s for thanksgiving.


now i bet you are dying to know who won the hardcover copy of a hat for mrs. goldman, aren’t you? first, thank you all  SO VERY MUCH for sharing your beautiful, funny, touching stories about learning to knit; we read through every one with excitement and many tears in our eyes. it really made our week super special, thank you.


and thanks to Random House Children’s Books as well for offering the giveaway copy of this book. which was won by jani M! congratulations jani; i have emailed you to make arrangements for receiving your copy.

ok, it’s late and i need to get some knitting done before i hit the sack; i will be back soon. an TGIF, right?

12 thoughts on “new

  1. Anne, have you thought of Herringweave in child sizes? I think it would be a great sweater for a young boy.

  2. I love this new vest! Those are some of my all-time favorite cables. And Barb’s skirt is great. Paired with a cardigan, it will look fantastic. Ian incredulous at your garden! We have had several hard hard frosts here. I’ve got kale, but that’s all that is left. Your photos on the last post (or more ago?) of the golden leaves were wonderful!

  3. Thanks for showing us more of Herringweave. It really is beautiful and I look forward to knitting and wearing it. Picking a BNK yarn, however, is going to be excruciating. What fabulous shade and texture should I use? I may have to make several.

  4. Good Morning,
    I love “Herringweave”. I’m ready to start a new cardigan, but I may wait for this to be available. Will you share the gauge that this is knit at…sometimes dk are knit more like ww and sometimes more like a sport. I don’t know if I’m asking you to reveal a big secret or not, if so please excuse me!

  5. Stunning work on Herringweave and I am also eager to get started once the pattern is available (but no pressure!)…

    And thank you for the luscious vegetable photos. An excellent reminder of life going on.

  6. Thank goodness for knitting–it keeps me from letting politics drive me totally insane. Thanks for the beautiful knitting and beautiful photos of the garden’s production.

  7. I’ve been watching the progress of Herringweave and drooling and hoping the pattern will be available soon! It’s torture to see such a beautiful thing and not be able to make one too!

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