We’re nearly ready for the summer solstice, but the weather is rainy and even cold sometimes. This photo is from a couple weeks ago, but now I’m writing in almost the same light, waiting for another storm. The only way I can tell it’s summer is by my aversion to books, a seasonal aberration I can’t explain.
This sweet fabric was a birthday gift. It’s a newer Heather Ross print. I’m planning to make another Dottie Angel frock. I’ve already made three and find I wear them all the time.
The crochet project is a slow one, a light shawl made from laceweight yarn. A giant granny square, my favorite thing to do. I’m using Madelinetosh Prairie in the Antler shade, Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace in what I believe is called Oyster, and Knit Picks Aloft in the shade Oat. I’ve been working on this one forever, according to my sons, but the end is in sight.
Now I want to go outside and see the clouds. I hope you’ll have a good weekend. I’ll be going to a wedding!
It’s cold outside, and I couldn’t have been happier to wake up and see frost all over the lawn. My boys’ clothes smell like pine sap and woodsmoke. The darkness comes earlier and earlier and by then I’m wrapped in a blanket on the couch with knitting. It’s so good.
On Wednesday it will be in the 70s again, but for now…
These mitts are made from a pattern called Cedar Shake (link to Ravelry) and it’s found in the book Juju’s Loops, which can be purchased here (click link).
I’m not the first to confess love for the gorgeousness that is Loop in London, but that doesn’t stop me from gushing every chance I get. There is a shop I’ve never visited, but when I discovered the books and knitting patterns, I felt like I had finally found what I was looking for, have you ever felt that? You see something that reminds you of what you love about being alive? The photography feels quiet and peaceful and happy; the garments and pictures are beautiful in a way that feels like home. They inspire me to keep knitting and making things with my hands.
I think I’ve become informally committed to knitting every single pattern they release. I don’t want to stop. Everything is so beautiful.
My version is made in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light; it’s the Fig shade. I like the way they make my arms look like branches.
This tea. Wonderful. It’s a Lapsang blend, so it’s smoky, but not too smoky. It’s not heavy or too tannic, and it has a delicious flavor. It’s soothing but also if tea can be sexy (can it?), this is kind of a sexy tea.
| sexy. perhaps.
Moving on. Have you tried this yet? Oh, my.
I was sick with a cold last week and my neighbor sent me some of the last of her zinnias. People can be so incredibly kind. They really did help me feel better.
On my birthday, I like to go to Longwood Gardens. It’s early May, the ground is damp, the air smells like mud and even if there’s sun, there’s still a chill. I’m sick of winter, but it’s almost done and there are early flowers, some of my favorite ones, at times war-torn from cold and wind.
That’s what my shawl was made to look like, and here it is at Longwood on my birthday. It’s got the colors of muck and moss and cold shady places, but also of flowers, light, and water. It’s soft and almost blanket-sized. I use it as often as I can.
Plus it’s possibly the best type of square ever invented: granny.
I have all these little bits of wool left over from larger projects, so I picked out everything that could possibly work and put it together kind of randomly. These are all Madelinetosh yarn, Tosh Merino Light, to be exact. So, fingering-weight single-ply wool and if you haven’t tried it, you should. It’s gorgeous. For the scallopy edge I used a laceweight wool, Madelinetosh Prairie in the Opaline shade, and Tif Fussell’s instructions given here (click link).
For anyone curious, here are the shades of wool in the shawl, in order from the center outward:
Celadon/Mica–switched in the middle of the round
A smallish scarf. Knitted in Madelinetosh Pashmina, a soft and wonderful blend of merino wool, silk, and cashmere. Pattern from my favorite knitting book, Juju’s Loops. The brooch is vintage and was a gift from a friend.
Over the long weekend, I finished this shawl. Here I’ve shown it folded in half. It’s actually a large square. So large, in fact, that I’ve not yet blocked it because I have no idea where I’d lay it to dry.
I used this pattern by Gudrun Johnston, and I enlarged my shawl by knitting until each side had 150 stitches. Also, I placed the stripes differently than called for by the pattern.
The yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the following shades: Antique Lace, Dustbowl, Flour Sack (discontinued), Luster, and Olivia.