One of the best things about Eugene is that it hosts annual the Black Sheep Gathering (June 20-22, 2014). I plan to attend every day (of course)! This last week I have been counting the days until it opens – tomorrow! During this count down, I have been busy.
I have put up strawberry-rhubarb preserves, strawberry jam and raspberry jam. (Here’s a picture of one batch of strawberry jam.) Though in a berry canning groove, but I forced myself to stop: I needed to save the remaining jars (not to mention shelf space) for the summer’s stone fruits.
I also finished up and mailed off Granddaughter F’s sweater (Sirdar 2081). (Here’s a picture of it before the final steaming.) If you look closely, you’ll notice I lengthened the vertical flower pattern on the front panels (between underarm to the button band) from 4 blossoms (the length of the vertical flowers across the back), to 6 then 8 and then 10.
Pretty hideous, isn’t it?! A friend told me it looks like a brain.
I’ve also been drooling over Kristan MacIntyre‘s newly expanded line of knitting jewelry. (Thor likes me to point him in the “right” direction for birthday gifts!) Hmmm … maybe her brilliant “Anticlastic (Stitch Gauge) Bracelet.”
With some of the yarn remaining from Granddaughter F’s birthday sweater. I started knitting Rebecca Marsh’s Pineapple Stacks hat pattern for a Christmas present for Granddaughter F.
For those knitters who are uncomfortable with reading graphs, I urge you to try Rebecca’s pattern! Simple and clear!
I am still left with about 100 grams of this rather, ummm, vibrant pink yarn. I planning on taking a skein with me to Black Sheep and consult with dyeing experts to learn if how I might be able to tone it down for more Pineapple Stacks hat for Christmas!