Tonight’s dinner: Short Pasta with Asparagus, Garlic, Lemon & Parsley from Forever Summer by Nigella Lawson.
Our lavender plant:
Tomorrow I’ll harvest some of the leaves and blossoms to make lavender sugar.
The must-have cardigan fronts, a bit more than halfway to the armscyes:
I’m making slow progress on these, since it’s been a bit too warm to knit wool except early in the mornings. I like knitting both at once, and as you see, I’ve pinned them together. This helps most in the early stages of setting the pattern; now I suppose I could separate them again.
Blanket update: 25% complete!
This project has been slow going, mostly because I am weaving in the ends as I go. Each square produces a minimum of 10 ends (more if I have to switch skeins mid-stripe), meaning that if I waited until the end to weave them in, I would have 480 to do at once! Much better for my sanity to do them as I go, but it does prolong the process.
Now that I have a few more squares to play with, I’ve been toying with different configurations. I can see three obvious possibilities:
Arrangement #1: On Point
Pros: I like how the squares look like flowers opening up; I wouldn’t have to knit as many squares (!!)
Cons: I would have to knit some sort of setting triangles before I could add a border.
Arrangement #2: Plain and Simple
Pros: Very easy to seam and border.
Cons: I’m not sure I like the look; it’s sort of dull.
Arrangement #3: Window Boxes (or, The Original Plan)
Pros: I love the look; this way really plays up the tonal variations and looks much more dimensional.
Cons: I don’t have enough of the lighter blue color to make a border, so I’d have to either buy more or use another color (which I don’t think would look as good).
Readers, if you’re out there, let me know your opinion; what do you think I should do?
I’ll leave you with a gratuitous dog photo. He’s such a good model!