I’m plumb wore out from all my exertions in aid of Passover. I like to think that on their way home, my guests exclaimed, “Gosh, she makes it look so easy!” But in truth, I probably make it look hard. I tend to get a little sweaty and out of breath by the time people start to arrive. Briskets don’t braise themselves, you know.
Here I am, in the thick of it on Friday afternoon. My thoughts at that moment: every mixing bowl I own was in use, and I needed another mixing bowl. I was about to knock on my neighbor’s kitchen door and beg a mixing bowl off her.
It was worth it, for moments like this:
We had a new haggadah in our repertoire this year, The Seder by author Liz Kaplan (a knitter and our pal) and illustrator Laura Stillman Carraro. It’s a beauty, with beautifully textural torn-paper illustrations. The Seder enriched our esthetics, which skew heavily toward the Maxwell House haggadah collection amassed by my mother-in-law at the supermarket over the years.
A Pesach Miracle
The French Mustard is here!
After wandering in the desert (actually back and forth between New York and New Hampshire) for nearly two weeks, Doris M’s generous gift of two precious skeins of Rowan Chunky Chenille, shade French Mustard 363, arrived on Friday. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Doris M. I will long remember your kindness, and I promise to pay it forward.
As soon as the festive doings were over, I got busy cranking on my Kaffe Fassett Big Flower Jacket.
The only difficulty so far –but it is a difficulty–is that every 1, 2 or 3 rows, the stripes change colors. Some rows require a combination of 2 or 3 of the 24 shades of in the kit. The key card contains tiny snippets of each color, and it sometimes takes me a few minutes of squinting and running to the window to make sure I’ve got the right color. So it’s a bit stop-and-go, and the ends create a slightly alarming fringe on the edges. But the elaborate mixing of colors creates a wonderfully dense mix of color and texture. I’m loving it.
I just finished Row 17. The big flower intarsia chart starts at Row 53. That’s when things might get a bit tense. I’ll keep you posted.
Reader Sue T. wrote recently to tell us about Fruity Knitting, a new video podcast in which Andrea, an amazingly skilled knitter, shows and tells about not one but three amazing Alice Starmore sweaters, including Henry VIII, which Andrea sits there wearing the whole time like it’s nothing. Truly amazing. Bring your knitting, so you can settle in for a good long wallow in the Starmores.
Perfect for Lazy Sunday.