Summer Nights

Summer nights…the air is slightly cooler than your skin and feels like velvet. The night sky is huge and dark and full of glittering diamond stars that almost look like they are close enough to touch if you reach out and the fields and the edges of the woods are full of winking fireflies and chirping crickets. Right now is my second favorite time of year (Fall is my first favorite). If it’s not too humid, the days are nice and warm but not too hot and the nights are slightly cooler – and if you are lucky to live in the country (like I am), nature gives you a nightly light show in the form of fireflies.

Last night, RR (aka Boothbait) and I went to our local roadside burger place for dinner and on the way home, we stopped by a few hay fields to check out the fireflies. It’s still a little early, but there were a few out there winking away, doing their firefly thing. It’s one of our favorite things to do and that’s why every summer, I carry this firefly print in the shop:

Photo is linked to shop listing :)

I remember catching fireflies with my grandmother (the one who taught me to sew), and wondering at how they did that magic light show. We always let them go after a bit, so no lightning bugs were harmed ;) I’m so happy that my back yard is full of them every year so we can sit on the porch and watch them – and I think of grandma Beth, helping me discover the wonders of playing outside. :)

Yes, I’ve posted again – I really am going to try to post once in a while since I do like to share my thoughts on projects and life in general (and shop updates, etc.) in more than 140 characters ;) I figure I may as well give the hackers something to want to steal ;)



FO: Color Affection

 

Yes, I have another finished object to share with you! This one I finished right before Rhinebeck so some people have seen it in person.

FO: Color Affection

I love this knit. I mean Love.

FO: Color Affection

I wear it almost all the time – it’s been super cold here in the Northeast and the wood stove isn’t doing a very good job keeping up with our 200 year old windows (my old farmhouse still has the original handmade glass in the living room) so lately when I’m on the couch, I’m wearing this.

FO: Color Affection

It keeps my neck and shoulders cozy warm.

FO: Color Affection

It helps that the yarn was dyed by two good friends – and that it has cashmere in it ;o)

FO: Color Affection

The blue and purple were dyed by Judy of Ball and Skein, the grey was dyed by Kim of The Woolen Rabbit. It’s like getting a hug from both of them whenever I wear it!

Project Details:

Pattern: Color Affection by Veera Välimäki

Yarn: Ball and Skein Sophia in Fox Grape and Beach Glass; The Woolen Rabbit Harmony Sock in Raven

Needle: Knit Picks interchangeables – but I don’t remember the size! I want to say 6?

Time to Knit: 4 months!

 

 



FO: Trillian

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are now having a happy new year!

I actually have an FO to show you – I cast on Trillian right after Christmas and finished it just this week. I have one mod (heavier yarn) but mostly I knit it true to pattern.

Trillian

It was such a simple knit and, since I knit it with worsted weight instead of fingering, it felt like it grew super fast!

Trillian

I picked up this Madeline Tosh Vintage in Flashdance while on a trip to Webs with friends last February. I didn’t really have a plan for it, but I knew I wanted something shawl or cowl-like.

Trillian

Since I have crazy curls, I can’t wear a cowl unless it has buttons. Pulling them over my hair makes everything frizzy and terrible so I avoid that at all costs.

Trillian

I’d much rather have a nice little shawlette to wrap around my neck so I went with this pattern. It flew off my needles and now I have a nice squishy neckwarmer for the winter!

Project Details:

Pattern: Trillian by Martina Behm
Yarn: Madeline Tosh Vintage in Flashdance (worsted weight – pattern calls for fingering), 2 skeins
Needles: Size 8 Knitpicks Interchangeable tips paired with a Knitters Pride cable
Time to Knit: 3 weeks



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