(look MC, it bloomed!)
after chatting a bit with mary-catherine about columbine plants, and despairing that mine would ever thrive, the anemic speciman in my garden opened out the loveliest of flowers today. i’m going to look for more of these pretties, with their gorgeous backsides—prettier than the frontal view i think (and, as it should be, once in a while). not that the face of it is shabby by any means
we’ve had a ton of much-needed rain this week, which left everything sparkling and vividly colored. the sage has deepened to a juicy purple
and squashlets that were barely peeking out of the ground on monday
(sorry for the blur . . i didn’t get one nice picture of them that day)
are now up on their legs in full toddler stage
i still have a few more things to get in the ground, but it’s very wet—i dunno if i’ll get to it today either. but while they are still in the trays, they make a good backdrop for some yarn i plied in class this past weekend.
i had a big bobbin of singles that i spun up months ago . . . it had no active twist and i didn’t really have a spinning sample, so i winged it on the plying. and it came out really good considering that . . . once it was washed it made a beautiful skein that is neither under- or over-plied. i had a hard time getting a good photo though . . the browns are so rich, but the sheen from the light on it is flattening the nice depth it has.
we are having such a great spinning class—everyone is making yarn and enjoying it. four new spinners are quickly coming to maturity, soon to be released into the wilds of fiber festival season.
and i have FOs.
the diamond socks are done but i need to get photos and change the name before i can post the pattern (tomorrow). judi (in comments) kindly let me know that there is another sock on knitty with the name diamante. so i’m thinking . . . what should it be? diamond jacks, jack diamante (i like this one cuz it sounds SO brooklyn)—those are a couple of things that come to mind. any ideas?
anyway, i thought you’d be interested in a final look at the stitch pattern differences at the toe, which is the one spot i do like the first version of the pattern better.
not that i don’t like the toe of sock two—i just like the purl ridge of sock one a little better. or you know what? maybe i don’t—i’m not really sure. heh.
i also knit up the second leaflet mitt in michelle’s sweet socks yarn from my new and improved pattern and this time it worked fine
i’ve passed it around at a few classes now and everyone is lovin’ the fit and feel of these mitts—both versions. i’m always happy to hear that something feels really good. now the pattern is in the hands of the test knitters and we are off to the races.
in the meantime, i got back to work on the scarf i started in catherine’s classic merino worsted to match the heavier mitts i knit.
(boy, that stack of spare tomato cages sure is handy for displaying WIPs)
mmmm, it’s cushy-soft and squishy . . i love this yarn. and her sport and classic sock feel the same way, yum.
tomorrow i’m heading off to TNNA in columbus, OH—just a couple of hours away. my first knitting trade show (though i have done fabric, button, and accessory shows in the past, for work—the button shows are amazing). i’m a little apprehensive, actually . . . i’m not really sure what to expect and being a very shy person, i get nervous about big, overwhelming crowd situations. i suppose if i think of it like the 5th avenue of yarn (5th avenue, especially late at night, being one of my very favorite NYC walking haunts), i’ll be fine.
i’m going to try to post before i leave, and at the very least, there will be a sock pattern up.
i’ll be staying over friday and maybe saturday, and really looking forward to seeing publishers, friends, bloggers, colleagues, and retailers i work with. oh yeah—and yarn.
i’m going to bunk with stephanie from spritely goods, who i haven’t met in person but is awesome in email, so i’m looking forward to it.
i’ll be bringing the laptop, but checking in pretty sparingly, so please be patient if i don’t get right back to you on something.
now, cameras are not allowed on the market floor, but i’m bringing mine in the hopes that there will be plenty else to photograph, including celebrity knitter sitings, interesting food, and of course, knits in their natural habitat. i can’t promise i will always remember to use it, but i’ll try.
ok, enough professional chatter, now it’s time to photograph david’s feet.