I found myself needing a break from color! A break from making things that need to FIT. A break from things that need attention.
So I pulled out my treasured stash of Pioneer yarn from A Verb for Keeping Warm. The wool comes from Sally Fox's nearby farm; the folks at Verb had it spun and then they dyed it naturally. It's a soulful yarn with a lovely feel. Expensive, of course, so I had been collecting it skein by skein and trying to figure out the best way to use it with the least amount of waste.
Brainstorm! An afghan based on the classic Scottish hap shawl. I am knitting the garter-stitch center from point to point--I have 6 skeins of natural white, so I will increase at the start of each row until I use up 3 skeins and then I will decrease. The deep border will be knit round and round in Old Shale--I have 3 natural colors and 6 skeins. I'll just knit until I run out of a color and then switch to the next one. I have a lovely skein of indigo-dyed blue to make the final edge.
This afghan is going to look so lovely on our bed! The afghan we have now is the Rambling Rows Afghan by Carol Anderson--a fantastic pattern! We've used the huge afghan happily for years, but the colors are entirely wrong and it's showing its age.
I'm having such a good time knitting mindlessly. Don't worry--I'll be ready to return to color soon enough!
I'm off to Meg Swansen's Knitting Camp in Marshfield, Wisconsin, tomorrow! I've been incredibly lucky in that I've been able to attend camp for many years (as the camp t-shirts I wear as PJs attest!), and I've made some dear friends along the way. It is absolutely fair to say that 80% of what I know about knitting I learned from Meg, who is so smart and talented and generous. Details next week!
2005: Greg, Meg, and me!
Katie V was the winner of Juliann King's new collection of intertwined stories Even Spiders Tell Stories When They Weave! (Here's what I wrote for the back cover: "Like a spider's filaments, the simple tales of Even Spiders Tell Stories When They Weave interwine to form a stoyteller's web of friendship, family, food, and fiber set firmly in the natural world. Juliann King captures moments of anxiety, contentment, grief, and joy in this charming collection, which ranges over time and place but always returns tot he wonders of creativity and generosity in human life.") Thank you, Juliann, for donating a copy for one of my readers!