Inspired by wrought iron railings, Parisian style, the spirit of the postwar peace talks of 1919 (and a bit of a John Cale soundtrack in my head) - here is Paris 1919. One of the latest designs from the Illuminations sock club.
Today's my birthday, and I'm having a lovely, lovely day! Mr. Bonnet took me out and bought me the most gorgeous fuchsia plant for my garden. Look how enormous and juicy it is! And the blooms are a beautiful pale pink, and um... fuchsia! color.
And then I did some lazy dreaming in the garden. It's coming along slowly but surely. The sunbeams are finally out. And the dog(s) are out enjoying sunbeams too. And what would every girl want to be knitting on her birthday? Why Qiviut, of course! I've been knitting this little precious ball of cloud. This is going to be the softest cowl/neckwarmer ever.
I've also gotten this great big pile of fun out and I'm trying to figure out what to make from all of this Noro Silk Garden. I've tried a few different approaches, including striping and panels, but none of them were singing to me and they all got frogged. The problem is that they're very disparate colors. The look great in this big pile but when I start putting them side by side in the knitting I wasn't so happy. Any ideas for a good project?
Just when I get onto a gardening jag, the rains have come to make my yard a muddy mess. So I hunkered down in the cozy chair and spent a little quality time with my handspun yarn, and I'm excited that the second front of my sweater is nearly done.
I'm pleased as punch about the way these fronts turned out. Once I finish them though, it will be back to the spinning wheel for me to spin up the yarn for the back and sleeves. In the meantime I will need another easy project for knitting group. So I'm thinking about starting something from this book.
This is Sandra McIver's new book knit, Swirl! and it's a lovely exploration of the circular jacket construction. I'm thinking of using the yarn in the picture, that's the Blue Moon twisted yarn that I originally knit into the Origami sweater that failed miserably. I think this yarn would be much happier in a different project. I'll have to figure out whether I have enough.
And although the sun is finally shining for a moment and I'd like to be out in the yard digging weeds and planting stuff, I'm stuck in doors finishing something for a deadline. But I'll leave you with these dramatic photos I took the other week at sunset. That's the sunset light shining onto our backyard trees. It was like fairyland out there for a minute or two.