Spring seems to be having a hard time finding the Twin Cities. True, it’s been delightfully warm this week, but we still are mostly snow-covered and the piles of snow covering the crocuses that line our driveway are thigh-high.
Lucky for me, I had a business trip that took me back to Columbus and Ohio State. And the witchhazel bushes (Hamamelis vernalis) that used to greet me with their delicate, ribbon-petaled flowers as I walked to class at the end of winter quarter were still there, in full bloom. I can go back to Minnesota feeling sure that in a few weeks we’ll be seeing blooms of some sort at home, too.
Not a lot of knitting time this week, but airports and knitting go hand in hand and I made some time on my Daybreak. I’m into the border, now, but may make that wider than specified in the pattern as I cheated on the striped section when my brown yarn ran out and fear the overall shawl would otherwise be a bit small for good neck draping.
I did tiny bit of the last brown row in blue - we’ll see how often I notice that when I wear the shawl. I’m sure I’ll notice the lovely hand that this yarn has - Mirasol Nuna, a blend of bamboo, wool, and silk, and bringing the best properties of all three. The bamboo feels cool and drapey, the wool makes it a comfortable knit with enough spring in it, and the silk luster adds the finishing touch. On a size 4 needle the fabric is fluid but far from sheer.
I also made some progress on my traveling socks - finally getting to the heel on this fine fingering weight. The Ty-Die sock yarn is a wonderful knit with every changing colors (not well represented here - much prettier and greener rather than brown), and I’m working on my Signatures (thanks, K!), so the slow progress is still plenty of fun. But I can’t wait to get to the interesting stuff in this pattern by Cookie A - a lacy butterfly stitch that swings across the arch.
It will have to wait as I have a surprise knitting project in the works. Unbloggable for now as the recipient may read the blog, and not very big, but big enough to keep me from knitting the sock at all odd minutes.
I should really be using these odd minutes to catch up on some work email that piled up while I was traveling, so I’ll sign off now. And try really hard not to pick up my knitting bag instead of signing on to work.
I hope your weekend is filled with the work you want,