With the change of weather it’s been a challenge to continue to work with wool, to finish all the projects over-flowing my baskets. The arrival of bright new green leaves has brought with it a desire to work small, to knit growing things. Inspirations?
The Color Orange project prompted me to try some jewelry, to design a few items that could be worn easily at the Beijing Olympics. I’ve managed some knitted peapod earrings, with coral “peas” to start. The lives of musical friends and relatives have also inspired some knitting … a friend’s new organic garden produce knitted peapods with dyed-green pearls, and another friend’s successful loss of more than 100 lbs (!!) led to “New Leaf” earrings, a variation of a Mountain Laurel Leaf pattern (available here on Ravelry)
A sister-in-law’s second cabaret show inspired me to try a version of the How Does Your Garden Grow lariat designed by Roxie Day (Marnie Maclean’s mother; pdf link here). Showing all of us just how to live after 50, there was no way I could avoid celebrating my SIL’s success but with something special. She’s a cabbage rose lover, so this was perfect (and I certainly learned much more than I’d anticipated about knitting and felting flowers along the way).
Finally, an invitation to test-knit came from fellow Ravelry member linnaea resulted in this artichoke. As children in the early 1960’s, my sister and I often snuck downstairs on weekend mornings to watch re-runs of the Little Rascals shorts. A favorite was The Pooch (1932), for its hilarious artichoke-peeling scene and Stymie’s memorable line: “It might choke Artie, but it ain’t gonna choke Stymie”. I’ve had a passion for artichoke’s ever since.I managed to finish most of the leaves (35 in all!) during a day’s jury duty, a public knitting event which let to a number of interesting conversations about needlework with the women sitting nearby. As far as I know, the pattern is now available as a Ravelry download (here). This artichoke will be a wonderful addition to our harvest basket of sukkah decorations next autumn.