Sunday, July 15, 2012


Thanks to Rue, I had just enough yarn to finish the bind-off on my live oak shawlette! This was a lovely pattern to knit, and the Tosh Merino Light yarn is a dream. Very soft, single ply, with so many wonderful gradations in color.
pattern: Live Oak Shawlette, by Rosemary (Romi) Hill
yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, ginger, 1.2 skeins
needles: US 5 Harmony circs

While I loved the feel of the project while I was knitting it, post-blocking it seemed a little too drapey. Next time I'd use a smaller needle with this yarn, just to give it a touch more body. Pinning out each little leafy bit is a bit of a pain, but the fluttery effect on the edge is an elegant touch. Wonderful yarn, very clear pattern.
in the kitchen

~ This bacon-and-tomato guacamole is amazing. No surprise, since Rick Bayless is pretty much a culinary genius.

~ Avocado basil pasta was a huge hit last night. Yum! Wonderful way to use the bounty of basil from my garden.

~ What's better than a piƱa colada popsicle on a hot summer's day? These aren't too sweet, and they're jam-packed with fruit.
around town

~ listening to Andrew Bird and Wilco at Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva, Illinois (what a terrific show and a great way to spend a summer afternoon!)

~ visiting a new-to-me yarn shop in St. Charles -- Wool and Company (they had some great yarns that I haven't seen in the city)