A New Landscape

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Landscape Shawl in Green Mountain Madness

In late 2006 I knit a Landscape shawl by Evelyn A. Clark out of fingering weight Cherry Tree Hill Yarn Supersock Merino. It turned out really well, but I didn’t wear it much. I work in a lab not a office, so full size shawls are not really work friendly, and I live in an increasingly warm climate. But I’ve worn it out when in San Francisco, and I almost always get a compliment on it.

So, when I had quite a bit of Classic Elite Classic Silk to make a summer wrap for chilly evenings on the patio, I turned to this pattern again. Classic Silk has great stitch definition, so I thought the different texture stitches of the pattern would work well. So far, I am pleased with the result.

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Lots of picots to knit!

I hustled up and got to the start of the stockinette section today.

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And speaking of landscapes, here’s how our front lawn “landscape” is changing from thirsty grass to more drought tolerant plants. Mom wants to see!

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The vast majority were put in last autumn, which is the perfect time to plant here, but some are blooming at the wrong time, so I think they haven’t quite gotten the hang of the seasons yet.

Well, I am off to knit another row.
Happy knitting!

Back to Blogging!

Well, long time no blog post. Just over two years in fact. I got a new job (still a research scientist) and have been very busy. I’m still super busy, but I miss blogging, so I am going to make. it. work. Fingers crossed!

Honey Bee and Goodwin Creek Lavender

Honey Bee and Goodwin Creek Lavender

I’d like to show you all the few things I’ve knit, but I gave most of them away and without photos. But I have a new macro lens for our camera, and I have been taking photos in our garden. We are in stages moving to a lawn-free garden since green lawns in California make little sense even when we don’t have a drought. With our garden we are trying to attract bees and hummingbirds, and they seem to like it!

I am not afraid of bees, so I just sit still with my camera, and snap away. We have several different species visiting our flowers as soon as the sun is up.

I am knitting too! I have about 70 zillion WIPs right now, but I am nearing the finish on one that is turning out quite well. I saw a sample of Aranami by olgajazzy at Yarns on First in Napa last summer, and I was smitten. The sample was knit in Cascade 220 fingering, and the store had all the shades from white to black to knit the shawl.

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Aranami in progress

I am almost done with the darkest grey, and then I have the black to knit. I like grey so much that for once I actually went with the color scheme on the pattern. This is a fun, easy modular project, but it is not for the knitter who hates weaving in ends.

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And I’ve been weaving in ends every row or so of triangles!

Well, I hear the call of the needles and string, so I am off to knit a few rows.

Happy Knitting!