i want to show off some beautiful knitting—not my own, but that of my friend barb. you know barb from spinning class and possibly from her own website—dragonfly aquatics—as well (she’s got a super-green thumb).
among her many, many talents, barb is a fabulous knitter who can knock out a sweater in no time. she takes a lot of (good natured) ribbing from us about her productivity and high energy level, but hers are the samples you often see when perusing the briar rose booth at your local wool show (among others!)
so when my knitting to-do list grew impossibly long this spring, as we decided to make david’s cable-and-rib sweater into a multi-dimensional pattern, i turned desperately to barb for help. and she pulled through magnificently by knitting the crewneck version of the pattern in this gorgeous briar rose fourth of july.
isn’t it great?? it fits exactly the way i wanted; a little looser and longer for casual and outdoor wear. now that’s it’s cooled off and become breezy, i’m going to wash it to wet block and relax the fiber a bit. i wish i could share how wonderfully squishy it feels, yay. it almost makes me wish winter was coming . . . almost, but not quite, heh.
my own v-neck cardigan version, in woolen rabbit grace, is still underway, but crawling toward completion as a couple of secret projects become FOs in the background (i have too many secret projects once again!). i have two sleeves finished and this front piece nearly done. so i’m about halfway through. it’s moving to the front of my queue now, though and my goal is to finish it before i leave for knit nation in july.
the pattern meanwhile, is going to the proofer later this week; it is further along than i am right now . . .
on the other hand, i do have a couple of FOs myself.
speaking of items that need wet blocking, i put the final touches on the seams and trims of the whitfield shorty i’ve been knitting in another woolen rabbit yarn, frolic.
it just needs buttons, which i have, but i think i’ll wash it with the big sweater before i attach those. this is another pattern that is sitting on my desk, patiently waiting for me to add charts and send it to the proofreader. i am so behind on paperwork!
now you might want to sit down—this next FO may stun you, haha.
i KNOW. i finally finished a pair of socks. you’d think they were the most difficult thing in the world to knit, the way i’ve been procrastinating. but finally, they are done. these are the sign of four socks that i designed at the start of the year for the woolgirl victorian authors club. these are knit in the luscious zen yarn garden serenity sock; if you haven’t tried that one, i highly recommend it, mmm.
sorry to say that the pattern won’t be available for quite a while yet in our own shop, but when it is, it will be like seeing a brand new sock. i would love to move on to a different pattern, maybe something new, but i still have several second socks on the needles from last year
including this other sign of four in string theory caper sock, colorway fusion. this was actually the original yarn i chose for this design, but then switched it out when the sock seemed perfect for the club’s needs. i didn’t want to rip out a whole sock leg, so i kept it on the needles and now i want to finish the pair. if david doesn’t want them (ha, right!), my brother will wear them . . .
so you see, lots of knitting happening, but truthfully, the secret projects are the bulk of it and i can’t even show you those for a while.
how about some flowers to make up for it?
these lupine just burst out in a matter of hours from nowhere—it’s spectacular. the whole garden is just going great guns this past week. with all the rain we had last week and all the sun we’re getting this week, it’s generating life at an amazing rate—look at my green beans!
a week ago they weren’t even up yet. i do have half a row that didn’t germinate, but i was suspicious of those seeds when i planted. i have seeds from beckie to sow in there and if i plant them now, i’ll extend the harvest by a week.
and the potatoes are up, too, some of them; i expect the rest will show in the next day or so. david spent yesterday evening putting in the soaker hoses so that this weekend, we can get our newspaper and straw mulch down.
all of my greens and beets are up—in fact some of them will need thinning very soon.
haha, funny thing; you know how david doesn’t like beets, even the homegrown ones? (and yes, even roasted ones make him queasy; we’ve tried everything, trust me) well, we had checkups the other day and the doctor told him that beets are the only food that will help him digest the omega-3 oil he needs. so he’s gonna have to make himself eat them. she was sympathetic, as she doesn’t like them either, but firm—he needs to eat beets.
so despite his distaste for them, i’m really glad i grew the beets again this year, because it looks like now he’s going to need to eat ’em. and i love them, too.
these are the halcyon days for the squash, before pests and fungus find them. i’m always hopeful during this time that we can keep them healthy enough to make a few fresh squash for the table. two years ago we had an abundance; last year we didn’t even get one. so we’ll see . . .
the hydrangeas just LOVE all that spring rain we got—our climber is stupendous this year and covered with blooms, too many to count. the shrub types are also filled with buds, including the variegated one, which has never bloomed for us before, so i’m thrilled about that.
and the miniature iris that david planted last year have doubled i think this year—we need to get some wonderful full-sized ones as iris are one of my summertime favorites. i’ve seen so many pretty colors in the neighborhood this year, so now i’d like for us to get some of those . . .
now lastly, i have some delicious yarn to share from indigo moon yarns (see?? it’s a post about everything we love best). trish moon sent me a lovely package, filled with a symphony of blues—just gorgeous.
first, let’s look at the luxury silk/wool blend a squishy fingering yarn with gorgeous sheen
shown here in celestial blue.
then there is the blue-faced leicester wool, a slightly thinner fingering yarn with that smooth, elegant hand that BFL is so famous for.
this is the lavender smoke colorway; isn’t it beautiful?
and last, but not least, we have the exquisite silk/wool lace blend, which is not available on trish’s site yet, but is coming very soon . . .
here we see this lovely 50/50 wool/silk mix in the midnight song colorway—look for it at indigo moon int eh very near future.
ok cool cats, i think it’s time for me to get out for a ride before hitting that pile of paperwork i have. so off i go; have a good day and i’ll be back in a couple with more.