Spring! It's here and it's beautiful. Twice this weekend I walked on the Emily Dickinson trail in Amherst:
The trail winds along next to a lovely brook. Sometimes you're in woods and other times in fields where the trail becomes quite sandy. Walking and the listening to birds and the soaking in sunlight were a good balance to all the knitting I did this weekend. There's lots happening on a project I really love, but unfortunately I can't show it. So that creates a bit of a problem—what to blog about if I have to keep much of the knitting in progress under wraps?
I can show you a couple of yarns that I will be using for future self-published designs: String Theory Caper Sock in Canyon and Swans Island Fingering in Seasmoke.
I'll use the raspberry Swans Island, left over from my Shallows scarf, to swatch for a lace shawl that I'll knit in the Seasmoke. Today I spent a good part of the afternoon working out the charts. Next comes a swatch—fingers crossed I will like how what I charted looks, especially the transition from one stitch pattern to another.
Today was Day 22 of my current daily embroidery piece:
I'm using seven colors in succession, one per day. So there's a sequence but there's also freedom—each day I choose whatever stitch pattern I feel is best as the composition grows outward in all directions from the center. Today's was seed stitch:
It was hard at times staying indoors to work on such a gorgeous, sunny weekend! But I made good progress on the secret project, and I even worked a little on a two-year-old WIP, Sivia Harding's lovely Hanging Garden stole. I'm knitting it in a very fine silk/yak blend:
How about you—did your weekend include any knitting or stitching?