Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope you all had a happy, healthy and relaxing holiday. We don't get really cold weather around here, but there are subtle signs that winter is coming: migrating birds eating seedheads in the browning back garden, needing an extra blanket on the bed at night, and my favorite, light through the dining room windows lengthening to wonderful, dramatic angles across the table. Yes, winter is coming, even if it's 74 degrees out with Santa Ana conditions (yuck).
After that color knitting class last January I bought some singles of Plymouth Tweed . Tucked away for most of this year, they showed themselves during the evacuation and wormed into my creative consciousness. Do something with us they kept whispering. Go back and buy the remaining colors they asked sweetly.
Just twist lengths of us into those cute little butterflies and group us into trios of light, medium and dark.
Now start knitting. Fudge it a lot. Try to remember how to carry the colors and close the gaps. Fudge a bit more. Get the rhythm. Watch the cubes appear.
This may look fiddly, but it's really very relaxing once you get consistent on how to work the yarn on the back side. You can see my learning curve on that bottom row, but I didn't care to rip as that will be an outer edge. If I reach a 20" square and have found myself bored this will become a large pillow cover. If the yarn holds out and I'm still having fun it might grow to a small lap throw. Time will tell.
This pattern is from an old Kaffe book, but inspiration from his latest one got me going on this project. Listening to The Golden Compass keeps me going. Already reading book three, The Amber Spyglass, but I enjoy this audio reading so much that I'm completely engaged with the story the second time around. My husband's on book two now and the 10-yr-old is finishing book one, so we'll all be ready for the movie. House rule: no movie before book.
Just a note, I republished my last entry to change "teaming" to "teeming" (as in teeming crowds). I do know the difference, but Typepad's spell check does not. My dear husband read the blog for once and that was his only comment other than to query "baristi", which I did look up before writing. Anyway, regardless of what your blog feeder tells you, there's nothing really new there. I've got two new sweaters racing on the needles, so more soon.