Dear Kay, Now that the end of summer is seriously upon us, I can't really fake it anymore regarding the condition of the house. This morning, on the way to the kitchen in search of decent 9 a.m. light for photographing my handknits, I passed by these objects.
That last, lingering tote bag from hell, or some trip, or something. I can't remember one single thing that is in there.
This nonfunctioning microwave oven, still lying in state right there in the middle of the dining table. Where it has received mourners since its death. In May.
This electric typewriter, still sitting on the floor of the kitchen where it has sat ever since my son David bought it at the I-24 Flea Market in Monteagle. For ten bucks. In June.
This five-pound bag of blanched almond flour, which arrived from Amazon.com in July. This may be the most confounding thing in the house. I honestly don't know when or why I--obviously I, because it had my name on the box--decided I needed five pounds of blanched almond flour. It's not like I have celiac. Or question the value of gluten. I love gluten! If they sold five-pound bags of gluten, I'd be right there. I don't even like to bake. WHAT WAS I THINKING? As best I can recall, I think I read an article online about the unexpected joys of baking with blanched almond flour. Hey--whoever wrote that article, HIGH FIVE TO YOU because you persuaded me to order five pounds of this stuff! The Almond Growers Council of America owes you! ANYway. Back to the knitting. I have two items to show you, my sum total of summer knitting. Item #1: Color Affection Scarf by Välimäki
This was what got me through lectures this summer at the Assembly. I definitely encountered the too-tight-edge phenomenon that some have experienced when knitting this thing. But it went better once I added a yarnover between the first and second stitches on the RS, then dropped the yarnover on the next, WS row. Ease! Everybody needs a little ease. I used three shades of Rowan Siena
which seems like Rowan Cotton Glacé's first cousin if not actual twin. It's mercerized cotton, it knits into these beautiful pearly stitches, and it is one of my all-time favorites. The balls are so heavy and small. You want to eat them.
Alpine, Oak, Celadan (Rowan's spelling, not mine!)--that's my best recollection of the shades here. Once I started thinking that Siena and Cotton Glacé are the same yarn under different names, I had to go see if I was right. I wasn't, of course. Head-to-head comparison: Cotton Glacé 126 yds/50 g Gauge Stitches: 23 Gauge Rows: 32 Siena 4 Ply 153 yds/50g Gauge Stitches: 28 Gauge Rows: 38 Turns out Siena is a bit thinner. Who knew? Over at Ravelry, you can see the 5,672 different versions
people have made, using 5,672 combinations of yarn. Mind boggling, truly. An excellent way to see how color interacts, how proportion matters, and shade, and contrast. Item #2: Different Lines by Veera Välimäki
This project, the one that I abandoned under the bed in that hotel room in Athens, the beloved prodigal, has been an excellent companion during re-entry to daily life. (The tale of what happened to this project is here
). The yarns here: Juliet Bernard's handspun alpaca in cream, Blue Sky Alpaca Silk in khaki. I loved both these yarns so much--Juliet's for the perfect irregularity of her spinning, and the Alpaca Silk for its machined perfection. I haven't blocked either piece yet, but am looking forward to seeing what happens. I'm going to wrap them around the five-pound bag of blanched almond flour, to get the shape just right. Love, Ann