The last weekend in June and it is raining and cold outside. June, June, June… when are you going to get with the program? The calendar has finally tipped over into summer and you deliver a weekend that makes me wonder if I am going to have to turn the furnace on again? Good grief!!
I don’t have any pictures of the garden flowers because they are just drenched at the moment, but the lawn is really happy to get all of this water after a couple of weeks in parching heat; I hope to get fertilizer and soil conditioner onto the back lawn during a lull in the rain early next week. This actually is a nice break for the plants. Hope my little bunny baby is doing okay with all of the wet.
The big accomplishment of the week was finishing up the Mando mitts and getting them mailed off to my Knitworthy Niece in California. These were really a somewhat challenging knit, but the final product totally makes it worth the effort.
The mitts are knitted from a chart, which I prefer, so that part was good. The colorwork issues emerged early on as I had to figure out how to manage 3 or 4 different colors of yarn as I worked the mitts. I finally carried two colors in my left hand, twisting them as I knitted, and holding the third color in my right. I did catch floats and twisted yarn as I could, and still decided to just duplicate some of the details after the mitts were finished. The blue detailing on Mando’s helmet was added after the knitting was over as was the little blue object that Grogu is holding in his right hand. Whew! Then there was the issue of all the ends…
It isn’t obvious in the pictures, but the tips of the fingers used a new bind off for me that blends well with reverse stockinette and is nice and stretchy called Icelandic bind off. Perfect. Who wants to put in all that work to have fingers that are too tight, right? I’m thinking that I might use this bind off with garter stitch edges on sweaters and maybe on the cuffs of arm warmers.
I cleaned out the stash (again) this week after the mitts left on their journey west to the Great State of California (the land of my birth) and put together several kits of printed out patterns with the yarn to make the project. There are at least six sweaters waiting for me to get to them. I am down to only two unfinished projects so I pulled out my hibernating Ranunculus and got back to work on it. There is also a pair of socks to finish and then it will be all sweater knitting, all the time for awhile. (Did you want a picture of my ranunculus project? It is pouring rain out there, people!!! Maybe next week I will have something amazing to show off.)
There isn’t all that much reading going on at the moment, but I did wander into a bookstore and looked at the books on the sale table. The first book was about a person who finds a special book that opens a new world to them. Then the next book I picked up was about a young person who found a transformative book. Then the third book was about… a book. Kismet, obviously. I bought all three books.
Have a great week everyone.
Read a little, knit a little, and garden like your heart can’t live without it.