One thing about the rain, it does help the garden green up. Raindrops on Lady’s Mantle is one of my favorite spring sights, especially before the frothy little flowers come out.
The pink are petals dropping from the Prairie Fire Crab Apple. The cool, wet weather has helped the blossoms last and on dark days the pink just glows.
In preparation for summer, I am making a summer sweater. I have convinced myself that if I finish it, it may warm up enough to stop wearing wool socks and sweaters.
I am using Classic Elite Allegoro (linen cotton blend) to make the woman’s sweater from Wearwithall. I don’t think cotton or linen does well with ribbing, so I’m making the hemmed version.
The color is called Larkspur – it is a little more blue purple than the photo.
I have been working with cotton blends almost exclusively for the past month, and my body is starting to complain. Do you find that working with cotton or linen is harder on your hands than working with wool? Aside from the lack of give, or elasticity, I think I pull a bit more to get even stitches, and that little bit each stitch seems to be adding up. My forearm is tight and my elbow a bit tender.
I have been giving the arm a break, doing a lot of reading on the rainy weekends, and long, chilly, holiday weekend. I finished three library books: Night Circus, Gone Girl, and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. Three quite different books, but I enjoyed each one. They were perfect summer reading. ( In the Night Circus, there is knitting of red scarves, i’s own red scarf project.)
Do you find cotton or linen hard on your hands? Are you reading instead of knitting? Or reading while you knit? That is the aspect of the Kindle I enjoy the most. I can prop it up and knit while I read. As long as it is simple knitting, of course.