The long weekend got off on the right foot with these 2 deliveries from N’s Mum. There I was spring cleaning in the basement Thursday afternoon when the doorbell rang.
The lilies were closed until this morning. Perfect timing! Also brightening the holiday,
It’s on the kitchen table until I plant it out with the other hydrangea from Easters past. My contribution to the family dinner was this Smartie-festooned from-scratch cake.
It’s the Joy of Cooking Devil’s Food Cockaigne, and fit my uncle’s bill for 100% chocolate. The dinner was wonderful – Jamaican baked ham, plantain, rice & pigeon peas all had their places at the table, and it was just plain good to be with family this time of year.
In between posts, I’ve been knitting and listening to the Hunger Games books. This FO is going straight to England, tomorrow, and is for baby cuz, Murray.
It’s a stretchy twine-knit number for his new home, Montreal. I was inspired by Tiny Geek Crafter‘s KAL for endometriosis awareness this month.
Love that twine knitting! Sooo warm & stretchy. The yarns are Rowan Pure Wool DK for the yellow, and the lighter Rowan Pure Wool 4-ply in black.
Using the twine technique evened out the yarns. My idea was based on the Blind Melon bee girl music video from back in the day. These are the artsy parents, so they should be fine with a quirky hat for Mur-man.
Right at the end of January, I started the Beach House Pullover pattern by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark. After a couple of weeks, I stalled here.
I just needed the right mood for these all-over horseshoe cables. What mood is that? The kind that comes after a series of tests and a new diagnosis… With audio books and podcasts, I am now mid-way through the front & the back is done.
In other words: I rediscovered soothing repetition. The calming effect of Cascade 220 yarn is not to be discounted either.
I do have a post to write for spinning exploits but want to share my first skein from the antique flax wheel with you. Amazingly bouncy lace from a double-drive system!
It’s 369 yds of 2-ply yarn. One ply is BFL, and the other is a BFL/silk blend. Handspinning your own gives you these choices!