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.
Mark you, a vacation at a waterfront would have been ideal but typing for the blog on the theme of green is nice too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just yesterday, young Spark accepted some trimming of his facial fur. He’s going in for grooming next week.
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 (oliveknits.com) rubric. Garter edging is all ribbing in my cardigan, and the big difference is stockinette instead of lace panel accents.
Happy spring (in green)!