Knitting Notes

So these are some vanilla socks (using the Basic 4ply Socks by Winwick Mum pattern) I started to use up the Koigu Painter’s Palette Merino I’ve been trying to figure out how to use. I got some Ontheround Nimble Sock in the Barred Owl and Narwhal colorways to go with it – they’re the same weight.

And I’ve already decided to frog back to the cuff above. I need to go down a needle size when I get to the leg, and I also realized that the Koigu is too variable to look good in one line stripes. So I’m going to do maybe five lines of each color? We’ll see how that works out.

Garden Notes

So it turns out the secret to not impulse buying half the garden center at a 75% off perennial sale is to not get a cart. It also helps that we had Friday off, so got in before the hoards. (We had Friday off because we were supposed to go to the third rescheduling of an April 2020 concert in Boston. They’ve postponed again, but the venue finally just cancelled altogether. So boo to that, but yay to being around for plants!)

Anyway, so I made it out with a $25 yellow red hot poker, and $18 sea holly and agastache. Plus, some full priced yellow allium bulbs and some labels. All for $28. Fall rocks!

Not that it looks like much now, but I got the red hot poker, the sea holly, the yellow alliums, and some muscari I already had into the front bed. And nearly killed myself doing it. Our soil is so very clay, so I was digging holes, filtering out the roots, pitch forking in some compost, and then finally planting. I’d meant to do some more bulbs and some veggie garden maintenance, but my arms protested too much to go on this morning.

What Abigail Did that Summer – Ben Aaronovitch

So we originally were buying our Rivers of London books in London, and once you start buying in one particular format, it’s better to keep at it. However, Covid put a real crimp in our ability to run by a Waterstones, so we finally broke down and started buying the ones we were missing here in the States. That does mean I’m now a bit behind in the series, so I started from the beginning again. I’m finally up to a book I have not read before.

This story takes place during Foxglove Summer, and it’s the story of what Peter’s 13-year-old cousin Abigail is up to while he’s out in the country trying to find some missing girls. Abigail’s run into some missing people of her own – teenagers who go missing in Hampstead Heath, but then come home later, very vague about where they’ve been.

I loved this story – we’re introduced to the talking foxes of London, who totally have a spy organization going on. And there’s also Abigail’s new friend Simon, but more importantly, his Mum, who is probably extremely kick ass, and better show up in some future action. And I really love that the events of this book set Abigail up to have some really cool adventures of her own in this universe, without having to join the Folly when she grows up.

Knitting Notes

Pattern: Nain from Silk Road Socks, by Hunter Hammersen

Yarn: Seven Sisters Arts Apex in the Aurora Borealis colorway

Needles: Size 1.5 DPNs

The Nain socks are done! I really enjoyed this pattern – it was plenty interesting, but not super difficult.

I loved this yarn. The camera does not do this color justice – it’s the loveliest mix of blues and purples and just the slightest hint of green. It’s got a great hand too – I need to track more of this down.

The Empress of Salt and Fortune – Nghi Vo

This is a lovely tale – a monk and their animal companion are traveling all over the land of an unnamed Eastern Asian country, cataloging everything they find. The home in exile of the old Empress has recently been opened, and they make their way there. They find the servant and companion of the Empress, and she tells them tales of the objects they find there.

I gather that the monk is the frame for all the stories in this series, and it’s a good one. This story is set up of course, but is also a really love tale of women’s friendships. I don’t really want to say more than that, because the way it unfolds is part of the beauty of the story.

Knitting Notes

Pattern: Seaspray by Andrea Rangel

Yarn: JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18 in the Ruby Colorway

Needles: Size 2.0 Circs

Seaspray is blocked and done! I really enjoyed this pattern. It would probably be easy enough for a fairly beginner knitter that wants to get into lace. It is what’s going to make me finally invest in some blocking wires – I’m not a fan of how the top line crimped during blocking.

The yarn is lovely – very nice to work with. Just the right amount of silk, so has a really great hand.

Embroidery Notes

I have two small square frames that I used to have sun and moon cross stitches I’d done a while ago in. I decided I’d really like to refresh those, so I found two patterns I liked in the Punochka shop in Etsy. This is the Halloween Moth.

I’m doing the other pattern on the same piece of fabric, since they’re so small, so no final pictures until they’re both done.

And can I say, the internet is amazing for cross stitch. I first learned back in the late 80s or early 90s, so I was stuck with what I could find at the local chain craft stores. It’s like an embarrassment of riches out there now. I’m obsessed with Russian designers – I just love their aesthetic, and I can easily buy PDF patterns from them, and even pay in rubles through Paypal. My 40-something self has to occasionally step back and marvel at the things my teenage self could never imagine.