Noticing greens

Finally, a break! But for a single appointment in a few days we have the week off together.

Last month was full of highs (someone is double digits!) and the lows of this new wave in the pandemic. Just about everything that is heightened can be summed up as:

There I was sipping my coffee when an acrid smell and fizzling sputtering sound came from the coffeemaker….

We needed this break. I am deep into my 2nd paperback. There’s been a better arranging of furniture. It’s finally feeling okay & here we have the new WordPress monthly word prompt at a good time.

A bouquet of cut yellow and white with pink blush tulips is in a cut crystal vase on a natural dyed cloth next to a window.  A potted pointsettia plant is closer to the window on a white wicker table.
Tulip timing for Easter cheer

Mark you, a vacation at a waterfront would have been ideal but typing for the blog on the theme of green is nice too.

Mid-April snowfall around a patch of Iris shoots in a flower bed.
Yay this spring with all of the “mixed precipitation” in the news

spots of green

The looms are empty again but the mix of cotton thrums that I had started in the last post went quickly & well.

In seizing the large cloth (left), Ty decided that it was only for his face. He says that it’s too soft for regular soaping – high praise! The colourful plain weave version (far right) is my first woven kitchen cloth. It joins a small group of knitted dishcloths. Making something from the ends of a loving project was very satisfying.

These small washcloths were a simple modification from Arianna E. Funk’s “Dropdrall Towel” design. It is a Huck Lace structure. The pattern ends add more texture with their 4/8 cotton overhand knots in green jump to the surface. All 4 of the weft threads are thrums tied end-to-end with overhand knots.

On both the previous handspun wool warp & this Monte Cristo cotton slub warp, I wove to just 13″ loom waste at back.

green in mittens point to me

This winter, I dove into my first pair of mittens from “Flying Geese & Partridge Feet: more Mittens from Up North & Down East.” My second-hand copy arrived just as a long-loved pair started to spring a new yarn break in mid-January.

It’s a nicely balanced ‘Crow’s Feet‘ design from Maine that Robin Hansen reconstructed from a graph & sketch.

Handknitted swatch in 2 colours of handspun yarn with ground of natural indigo dyed and pattern in acid dyed green yarn.  Both yarns are Corriedale cross.  The swatch is on double point needles resting on a notebook with ink cursive writing by irieknit that says For Mittens Jan 15, 2022.  Next line reads Corriedale Cross Indigo:  3.5mm = 6 sts for 1". The pattern has arrow shapes pointing downwards to the cast-on edge.
A quick swatch and I loved this idea so much

The yarns are Corriedale Cross. The ground is natural indigo on white handspun, and the contrast is ‘Toph’ from Sheepy Time Knits’ Female Heroes Fiber Club.

A domestic short hair tuxedo cat is sleeping with his tail curled around back legs and part of Flying Geese and Partridge Feet book is showing on a sage green couch.
Melvin approves of this mitten

The design is more popularly known as ‘Partridge Feet’ but I am partial to the crows in particular & Corvidae in general. I liked the challenge of following the thumb gore instructions, and the overall feeling was of balance.

A pair of finished Crow's Feet colourwork mittens in Corriedale Cross handspun yarns by irieknit.  The ground colour is natural dyed indigo and the downward pointing arrow motif is knitted in a lime green acid-dyed yarn by Sheepy Time Knits.  The mittens are laid thumbs together on a snow-covered table.  The snow falls through gaps in the surface design and is textured.
Very welcome for the winter that was 2022


You may be able to see the slight fading of the main colour. My indigo from this fructose vat crocked all through knitting on my hands, and won’t stop now!

i’m here for more green

Spring is my favourite time of year. It’s also now the last stretch of Ty’s homeschool year. We have a new desk out for delivery, lots to keep deciding. Soon, our walks will be more green than last-fall’s colours.

A double doodle dog with fur grown over and around his eyes is coming out of a creek with a brown leaf caught in his mouth. Leaves are strewn among the creek's banking stones.
Sparky is more of a sense of smell dog even when he has a clear line-of-sight

Just yesterday, young Spark accepted some trimming of his facial fur. He’s going in for grooming next week.

irieknit takes a selfie in a round mirror wearing a new handspun cardigan in stripes of variegated blue, teal, greys and solid medium teal.
All handspun and she fits! A new cardigan

Finishing my cardigan with an added braid of the Stormchaser colourway for long sleeves was sweet! This was a challenge. One thing we could not do in current homelife? Good photography. I did my best outstretched selfie for you.

The cardigan went from a 950 yard estimate, and ended long-sleeved with a total 1,216 yards. The sleeves are also striped following the Apogean Tee ( rubric. Garter edging is all ribbing in my cardigan, and the big difference is stockinette instead of lace panel accents.

Happy spring (in green)!

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Lara is a spinner, knitter, natural dyer, weaver who also loves reading. Jamaican-Canadian; she/her in the Greater Toronto Area; Mom to a young 'un, and Spark is our Double Doodle. A spindle is usually close to hand!

2 thoughts on “Noticing greens

    1. Thank you very much! I love this colourway’s name too. Stormchaser is dyed by Sweet Georgia Yarns, and the solid is called The Water by Sheepy Time Knits. They have the same Polwarth/Silk blend as fibre, and I was able to spin them pretty close to each other (you never know for sure until the sweater is done!).

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