oh me, better late than never, i guess; these are words i rarely use, but today, they are fitting. somehow,
this whole day yesterday just slid away with nothing getting done on time.
except my haircut first thing this morning—that, at least went smoothly. i’ve been trying to get this blog post up ever since i got home yesterday, but to no avail. oh well, chalk it up to a jam-packed week.
so let’s just start where we find ourselves—as you can see i’ve completed my twig and leaf sample (yay!), though not in time to release the pattern
today yesterday (boo!).
jocelyn’s sample arrived last week and has been sitting here patiently waiting to be photographed, but since i had a shot at including two of the three sizes, i decided to go for it.
the fabric blocked out beautifully; the briar rose stella merino/silk lace couldn’t be more breathtaking. the final fabric feels like liquid in my hands and is lovely against my skin. chris wants everyone to know that she has also dyed up some bella merino lace in this same deep blue/green colorway, which is an equal match in weight and diameter for the stella, though it will have more bounce.
we’ve scheduled a photo shoot over the weekend, just me and david (gotta put the new haircut through its paces!), so we’re on track for a monday release as far as i can see. yay!
i love how it’s shaped like a smile—i purposely used a firm bindoff for my sample, to encourage the top edge to curve, but if i had used a looser, more relaxed one, it would be straighter, more like a scarf. you can do either one; i like the curved option because it stays put on my narrow shoulders, but if i knit the smallest size to use for a scarf, i’ll probably go with a straighter shape.
do you want to see a little preview on my dress form?
ha ha, do i really need to ask?? ok, here goes
the pattern has three sizes; we knit the two smallest ones. above is my medium size sample and below is jocelyn’s petite size.
i will probably knit another in this size, since it’s one i’d use much more often than a shawl.
you can see jocelyn’s sample draped on the chair in the background and then here it is in the next photo as well
i can even show you a comparison shot (i may be late, but at least i’m organized)
these photos also highlight another aspect of lace knitting that’s hard to explain—differences between knitters and our choices. while jocelyn’s stitchwork is very much the same as mine in appearance, i seem to have a different hand in blocking than she does. this could be for a variety of reasons—personal taste, tools (such as the use of blocking wires), and space. anyway, it looks like i’ve stretched my fabric a heck of a lot more than she did; mine is more sheer and less dense than hers, as well as larger in size than the difference in rows would normally account for.
i love this about lace knitting—that within reason, i can mold and manipulate my finished piece to my liking and to suit the properties of the yarn i use. you can do this with solid knit fabrics too, but not to the same extent and normally, the finished product does not rely on being intentionally distorted as a necessary final step, the way a lace shawl does.
alright now, let’s tear ourselves away from the shawl so that we have something left to look at on monday, shawl we? hmmmm, what in the world could possibly be distracting enough to do the job properly??
oh, i got it . . . .
haha, i thought a cuteness detour would do the trick.
these are not our chicks—i was at helena and kris’s house the other night and when i walked in, what did i see in the kitchen but a bin of peeps under a lamp. their older chickens are not laying well, so they are refreshing the flock with a few young additions.
i love the serious intent on the face of the one staring right into the camera, front and left—she was simply entranced by it
omg, i could have watched them for hours; lucky me, a heavy downpour outside kept me there an extra half hour, during which we sipped tea and watched the chicks play. i love that the black and white one has just a single wing feather on each side, hee-hee!
at home, we are picking from the garden every day now for our suppers. most days, it is some kind of quick stir fry with whatever variety of vegetables we’ve picked that day. i’m not freezing heavily yet except for greens, but those days are coming.
the other night, we had some of everything—squash, hot peppers, eggplant, onion, garlic, pepper, green beans, tomatoes, and a few baby carrots left from the bag of veggies erica sent in the car as a snack.
i even had some garlic scapes in the vegetable bin from may that were, amazingly, still good (bottom right). so i chopped it all up
stir-fried it in coconut oil
then added some red curry paste, soy sauce, and shrimp, folding in a big handful of basil just before serving over rice noodles.
chopping took about half an hour and the cook time was about ten minutes. it’s equally good over rice instead of noodles; it’s also good by itself without a starch. mmm, the flavors are beyond description—so fresh they make your mouth tingle, literally.
we are finally getting some rain here and there—not that much, but some, thank goodness. the garden seems happy despite the drought, but it’s nice not to have to water so often . . .
well, i’ve come to the end of what i have to offer today; i’ll be back in a couple of days with a new pattern and in the post after that, i’ll announce the winner of the book giveaway.