i’ve been holding my breath, waiting to see if the poppies would bloom at the usual time—everything else was late coming in this year and i expected these would be too (they usually bloom a day or two before memorial day).
i had pretty much given up, due to the chilly, rainy, and dark week we’ve had, when last night as i pulled out of the garage, there was the first one, opened up in the most perfect way. it was red.
and this morning, these lovely pinks joined it if i stand there long enough, i can watch them open, one after the other.
around the corner a sea of cranesbill blossoms crowds the dye bed, but we don’t mind . . .
more and more sprouts are joining the ranks of the up and coming—today i see squashlets and beanlets
and the berries—wow (everything is the most amazing green right now, too)
these aren’t even close to being ready to eat this weekend, but theya re still awfully pretty . .
as with the other day i have no knitting i can share; plus, we’re having company for the weekend so i won’t be back to blog til tuesday (i KNOW!)
but i have something else to share that i think you’ll like—a little surprise to tide us over . . .
a new book, knit, swirl! by sandra mciver
in this book, ms. mciver explores variations on a single architectural theme—the sweater constructed from a single circular piece.
the book begins with the simplest welted versions
including this luscious one in mink/cashmere from our friend craig at great northern yarns
where the virtues of gorgeous fiber are shown off to great advantage.
there is a section for tips and techniques to help you understand and navigate the unique construction.
patterns include both written and charted instructions
though for the most part, the stitchwork involved is not complicated.
mciver explores a variety of fiber combinations as well as the effects of self-striping and hand-dyed colorways
as well as variations on edgings and finishes to set each style off.
there are a few styles with some openwork, too
for the most part though, the stitchwork does have to be such that it has an attractive reverse side; thus the simplicity in the motifs.
all in all, this is an interesting foray into a unique sweater architecture that some of you may want to try.
now here’s the holiday celebration part: i have an extra copy of knit, swirl! to send one lucky reader. if you would like to be in the running to win it, please leave a comment at the end of this post by 9pm EST on monday, may 30th. i’ll announce the winner on tuesday morning, when i’m back at my desk.