Sunday, June 30, 2013

Big Triangle

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Giant wraps are my new favorite obsession.  They are the coziest things I can imagine, and they offer so much knitting, miles and miles of it, which seems to be what I’m after right now.  This one used to be a sweater, knitted by me about five years ago, and unraveled recently, in order to re-use the yarn.  I think this yarn is Kathmandu DK, a cottony-looking wool with lots of tweedy flecks in it.  It looks kind of recycled, if you know what I mean, like it’s been re-spun, very fluffy.  It’s pretty and soft.  I had spit-joined it all together when I made the sweater, so after unraveling, I was left with one huge ball of this khaki color and two smaller balls in muted shades of lavender and lilac. 

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The lavender is going to be what I hope will be a huge ruffle at the bottom edge of what I hope will be a really huge triangle.  I guess what I’m aiming for is half a blanket.  Turning that air-conditioner on, then?  Go ahead, I’ll be ready.  (Ugh, air-conditioning.  Don’t let me get all wound up on that subject.)  This edging right now is at about 700 stitches per knuckle-busting row.  I’ll just say that it’s miserable, and that I can’t wait for it to be over.  There’s no way for 700 stitches to slide happily along any needle. 

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In between rows I’ve been massaging my wrists, making jam and pie, thrifting beautiful old mismatched plates, and washing all the quilts.  And binge-watching 30 Rock on Netflix.  My cherry tree is bursting with fruit; I’ll never be able to reach it all, even with the ladder.  Dean picked a half-bushel yesterday morning, in the rain, barely making a dent. It’s a grand thing that they are my very favorite thing to eat.  I’m looking for a sweet cherry pie recipe, got any good ones?

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One row at a time.