The last weeks of summer are always sweet, as we feel the light beginning to withdraw in the evenings and a chill hits the air, I feel compelled to ride my bike and get out and about while I still can enjoy a little sunshine. It's funny, I never appreciated sunshine when I lived on the surface of the sun (aka southern california), but now that I live in a rainy climate, I do appreciate the sun a bit more. However, the rain is really my very favorite weather, and the fact that the rains are approaching fills me with delight, and makes me want to knit! Are you feeling the knit love too?
I have discovered reasons #328 and #329 to love living in Eugene, and they are also foods.... mushrooms and salmon!
mmmmm... just look at those mushrooms! Lovely oyster and shiitake mushrooms with a few criminis from the grocery store. 3 days a week we have a farmer's market here, with fabulous mushroom vendors and I have been enjoying mushrooms all summer.
and look at that gorgeous fish! That is 10 lbs of fresh pacific sockeye salmon waiting for me to make a foil tent and bake it. I put sliced lemon, a bit of butter, several sprigs of fresh basil and some onions in the cavity of the fish, along with some kosher salt and cracked pepper. on the outside are sliced onions and capers. Add a few pats of butter and a cup of white wine, cover it with foil and bake at 425F. DEEEELISHUS! Serve with the mushrooms!
Now that we've all drooled over dinner, I have a few business announcements.
1. The Eclectic Sole is going out of print pretty soon. If you have been wanting this book, now would be the time to get it. You may still be able to get it from your local yarn store. I have hurt copies available on my website at a big discount. The books are ones that have been damaged in shipping. The damage is very slight, usually a small dent near a corner of the book, but the contents are undamaged and readable.
2. Two new clubs in colorwork are opening up. One is really a club/class and it starts at the end of September. The colorwork club will take you from your first stitches in stranded colorwork through steeks at the end. Along the way you'll make 4 great items that you can keep for yourself, or get a headstart on your holiday knitting! The second club is colorwork socks of course! For those of you who loved the colorwork in the enchanted sole, here is a club just for you! For more information about either of these clubs, check out the website.
3. The Enchanted Sole and The Eclectic Sole were reviewed on the latest podcast of The Knitmore Girls, you can check it out here
4. SKA- Sockdown 4 has been announced and I'll be designing a mystery sock for the month of May... If you're not familiar with SKA it's the Sock Knitter's Anonymous group on Ravelry and the sockdown part has all kinds of challenges each month.
Whew! I think that's it for announcements for a while. Now, where's that salmon....