A truly lovely morning, the sun is shining, the trees are nearly fully leafed out, flowers are blooming, the grass is very green and it was 66F, so yeah, very pretty.
I have to admit I've not been to the Market in a couple of years but it came up at Knit-night, seems there's a lady from Chelsea, OK, Lisa, raises Llamas and brings in fibre. Some of it hand-spun, some mill-spun, some in roving and some of it just cleaned and carded and yowza, this stuff is soft. She also had some handknit hats, very soft, very nice, very simple and selling them for 40 bucks. She has a website, Country Garden Farm. By the way, she's a really nice lady. Of course I found her and her fibre and yarn!
Lots and lots of goods at the Market, flower plants, herbs, vegetable plants....I was looking for catnip but there was none to be found....perhaps next week.
I did manage to get a couple of bags of goods, the new greens bagged up fresh, a loaf of crusty Ciabatta from Timothy Sean Fitzgerald, a couple of Irish lads.
At one point as I'm lost in looking at some plants I feel a hand on my shoulder and a voice saying "I hope this is Marianne", I turn and find friend Terri and her husband Nigel (yes, he's Brit born and raised and a lovelier man you couldn't ask for) Terri and I usually run into each other at the Wild Oats store and it's always beyond a pleasure to see her. We've worked together in the past...many years ago...on an annual project called "Embellishments" which was a wearable art show. Putting this thing together pretty much drove us all nuts but Terri was (and is) amazing, her organizational skills..simply amazing.. and one year I found out that one of her favourite all time treats was drinking dark Guinness and eating dark chocolate...together. One year after the show I gave her a 6-pack and a huge bar of dark chocolate, she was quite surprised and yes, a little tickled. They have daughters and they live across town and we always mean to get together and...and...and... it's crazy that we have such a hard time doing that.
I gathered up my goodies and headed home. I really need do need to get out more often....as in every Saturday morning to the Farmer's Market.
There's the knitting I've managed this week, seriously, how lame is this...oh yeah, I have been working on a couple of other things...kind of silly and I can't be showing them right now...
I love making these Magic 28 socks! The red ones are knit with Lamb's Pride worsted, the purple (Paton's Classic) with a bit of ho'made hand-painted, Naturespun which by itself is really quite awful looking but it works just fine used in this manner...slip stitching going on.
Remember the sock-felted clog trade off with Dana? Back last Fall when our Blessed Harlot was so busy knitting all those 'step out/up' (?) socks for the Knitty Gritty (which damn, I missed it) and because sometimes if I have the time I read through the comments and there's this comment from some lady named Dana...says she CANNOT understand what the big deal is about knitting socks..etc... and really, this tickled me no end and I left the comment that perhaps someone should knit Dana 'a' sock and send it to her, have her begging for its mate...well evidently she went back through reading comments and saw mine...and wrote me saying that she had a good giggle about my comment...this exchange lead to the idea of trading a pair of socks for a pair of felted clogs and I jumped on it. Well....we both needed to get through the holiday knitting first...then I ordered some Lisa Souza merino for the socks, had to wait for that, it got here and I started the socks...I've got to tell you, those socks took forever and because I screwed up on the first one...AFTER I started the second one, I had to take the first one out and do it over and that yarn, that beautifully soft yarn kept whispering things to me but mainly it was telling me it wanted to be a shawl...I kid you not...heh, I told it to hush, it was getting a lacy bit for the leg and since in the end I knit 3 socks....but I did finally finish the socks and sent them off to Dana with a note explaining the socks desires..and would she kindly lay them across her shoulders every now and then...I had promised the yarn I'd ask....
Here's the socks.
Here's the felted clogs. (Why, yes...we both DO love green!)
I love these clogs. They got here....Thursday...she left them a bit on the large size just to be safe so I tossed them in the washer for more felting, took them out and they're just this side of completely dry and I've got to tell you, they are fabulous. They're thick and oh so incredibly warm! She also sent a lap quilt which is just what I've been needing for those extra chilly nights while knitting. Dana, Thank You! so very much!Oh yeah, Dana 'gets it' about the handknit sock thing now, and will soon be making her very first pair... welcome to the dark side, my dear.
I really should be going to my Mother's to work on that jungle back 40....see? (These photos show just small portions of the jungle back 40)
But it's also just full of this....
Lots of it too.
Now I'm beginning to wonder if maybe I should work on this in the winter after all this had died down, what do you think?
Happy Knitting to All and continue to make.good.time.
ps Avery did stop by the blog and read all the comments and thanks each and every one of you who wished him a happy birthday.