Like everyone else in Ravel land, I have become entranced...no, obsessed..with the February Lady Sweater. I tried casting on from stash in 3 different yarns...to no avail. After 3 sets of 6" of garter stitch...I was not happy. I decided to order some old standby elann.com Peruvian Highland Wool in one of my favorite colors "Fiddlehead Green". Logging on, I noted a bag sail of "Superwash Bamboo Shaded Solids" (sold out or I'd link you...70% superwash worsted and 30% bamboo" in a kettled-dyed look shaded solid (my favorite flavor of solid color thank you!). The price was fabulous at $14.85 for a 10-ball bag. And the colors...a gorgeous "Cedar" and "Claret" caught my eye. They arrived on Friday and were cast-on at hospital Friday night. Look at the subtle color changes, admire the silk-like sheen of the bamboo!!!!
The yarn is soooo soft..I'm totally in love with the knitting of it....a nicely, smooth twisted 4-ply with the sproingyness of wool, the slightly more fluid drape/hand of bamboo, and much much softer against the skin than I'd anticipated. Like merino soft. Yes, the Cedar cried out to be February Lady Sweater.
Still waiting for summer weather here...it's been mostly cool (50's...which is why I can work with wool...I saw you southern/western folks cringing!)
a little rainy, cloudy to partly cloudy. I like it but wish for a touch more sun for the sake of Vitamin D and mood and all. All the gardens are lagging about three weeks behind normal. It's effected several vendors at the local farmer's markets. As a gardener, I don't mind too much and am optimistic that this will just segueway into a longer cool autumn (equates with longer growing season here) instead of an earlier winter. Here are a few shots from my garden as of today.
The Siberian Irises are spectacular this year (year 4), as are the Trollius (year 3).
This bed is so far behind...and it gets as much sunlight as the others...
one thing I've noted lately, as my child begins her launch into the bigger world...my role as a parent is shrinking acutely. it truly is a sense of loss...the question of "what do i do now" looms. it's a transition for everyone, and even though it's still quite a ways off before the cords of dependence are severed, they are certainly stretched. it can be quite uncomfortable at times.
how do i change my focus? i have hobbies (ok..obsessions)..a rewarding career...a good relationship...I am blessed beyond my wildest hopes frankly.....and yet I feel unsettled. Have you experienced this? How did you get through it? What did you do?