It's been a bit busy around here lately, what with babysitting my 8 year old granddaughter and gearing up for the fall and Rhinebeck with Heal My Hands. I must admit that despite all the hullabaloo, we have been eating rather well. Yesterday while taking Madeline to her mom's office at 5pm, Anthony spotted a treasure in the grass along the way.
Its a Giant Puffball! Though this one wasn't such a giant, only about 10 oz, it was absolutely delicious. We sauteed it in butter and poured a bit of cold noodle dipping sauce A had made for lunch the previous day on the slices. I can't wait to have the rest of it tonight!
And guess what else? I've FINALLY started the Veldt Shawl. You can see my inspiration here. I'm using the Sarah Blanch shawl pattern from Cheryl Oberle's Folk Shawls. You can see a closeup of how the pattern looks in all one yarn on Knitty Delicious' blog. It looks almost like hairpin lace! I'm using yarns that I've been collecting for my "Veldt" colorway, a combination of handspun wools, mohairs and shiny ribbons.
It looks completely different! I'm using a 40 inch Addie Turbo circulars, and it's a good thing too. I don't really care for metal needles, but I had a sneaking suspicion that bamboo or wood would create too much drag on these yarns and boy, was I ever right.
The shawl is very simple, you don't need to carry a pattern which is part of the reason I chose it. The large loops are created by wrapping the yarn three times around the needle after it's inserted for each knit stitch on a row. The extra wraps are dropped on the subsequent row. So what's the problem? The ribbon tightens itself
like a noose rather snugly on the wrap row, so I have to squoodge it back onto the needle for the drop row. Bamboo, wood or even Denise needles would have rendered this already difficult row impossible.
But it does work, and I am absolutely in love with the way it looks. This project was supposed to be for upcoming extended car travel - I don't know If it will last that long.