Knittin' and Relaxin' all cool

July 21, 2020

Knittin' and Relaxin' all cool Yarn Folk

Sweater on the needles, looking out from the front porch

When it gets warm enough—hot, even—I still have projects that need more stitches, and sometimes the only possible solution is to set up a work station on the porch. We don’t have permanent table there, as it faces east, is open to the north, and is frankly chilly for much of the year. However, one of the many benefits to driving a first-generation Honda CR-V is that the removable floor of the cargo space is also a card table—perfect to set up for an afternoon of finishing up a sweater (see below)! Even during the warmest part of Sunday afternoon, there was a refreshing breeze, and easy access to ice water refills!

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Young child tries to ride a sheep

Young child tries to ride a sheep

…to learn (and do)


Social Stitching via Zoom


Wednesday, JuLY 22, 12:00-1:00pm SOUNDTRACK KAL OR open Zoom and enter 883-5111-1252 for the meeting ID

Of course, you can work on whatever you like!

Thursday, July 23, 4:00-6:00pm OR open Zoom and enter 981-942-707 for the meeting ID

Friday, July 24, 12:00-1:00pm OR open Zoom and enter 741-980-568 for the meeting ID



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Sixteen colors of Candy Skein Luscious Fingering yarn

Sixteen colors of Candy Skein Luscious Fingering yarn

Candy Skein arrives from Astoria, OR. Dyer Tami is often not available for wholesale orders during the summer, since she also operates a shop, and is busy with summer tourism. This year, things being upside down as they are, she had time to dye up this order of Luscious Fingering. I ordered three each of 16 colors, a mix of tonal solids and variegated or speckled colors. The blend is 80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon. I used Luscious Fingering as one of the colors in my Breathe & Hope shawl, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

…to inspire

Poem,   Knitting Litany   ,  from the October 1990 issue of  Poetry  magazine.

Poem, Knitting Litany, from the October 1990 issue of Poetry magazine.

The Poetry Foundation has among its missions to digitize, preserve, and extend access to back issues of Poetry Magazines, and you can browse the archives back to 1912. I fell down a rabbit hole looking for poems that referenced knitting; Cory Wade’s Knitting Litany captured something of the peace that working with our hands sometimes brings (and sent me to my collection of Barbara Walker’s Knitting Pattern Treasuries to look up some of the stitches referenced in it).

There’s also a nice appreciation of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s writing which originally appeared on the site’s Harriet Blog. You can read it here.

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At this writing Soundtrack is submerged in a bath of jasmine-scented Eucalan, but I tried it on (yay!) and grabbed a couple of pre-blocking photos. I suppose there is a small chance it might be dry by the end of the day, but I decided not to chance it.

I knit the thoroughly enjoyable pattern almost exactly as written—the small changes I made are documented in my project notes.

The yarn is Ultra Wool Fine in Granite, stranded with Aerial in Silver for the main color, combined with Tiramisu in Gelato for the contrast stripes—all from Berroco.

[image: marled grey mohair sweater with pink yoke stripes, completed 7/20/2020]

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