Fiber ahead, but first... I have problems. I'm pretty even-keeled and even mild-mannered, but WTF is going on with my poppy?? This thing has been popping up and looking the picture of health for the past 3-4 years, though this is the first year it's given me flower buds -- FOUR of them. I'm pretty sure it's not going to bloom when it's keeled over, looking like it's having an internal meltdown! Has anyone seen anything like this before? Is it a bug? Is it because we had a bazillion times more rain than we should have last month? Or, could it be that damned black walnut tree?? I'd whack it in a second if it wouldn't take another 7 or so years for its toxins to leave the soil. A person just never knows if or when there will be a problem -- some things can't handle it at all, some things are fine unless they come into direct contact with the roots of the tree, and others aren't affected at all -- ever. I just don't want to blame it on the tree if it's something else.
Now, what would one have to do to get over the disappointment in the garden? That's right. K and I went to the LYS clearance sale yesterday, though, how'd you guess, not everything we came home with was on sale. K's selection was three balls of Lana Gross Merino Big, 100% merino, for a scarf. She learned all about dye lots the other day at the craft store, so they all match! She's doing a narrow scarf in a lattice stitch and has a few inches dripping off her needles already. This yarn was not on sale and was the most expensive.
There are four balls of Tahki Yarns Davos, 100% wool, that I bought on sale. I'm not sure what I'll do with it, but I just loved the color, texture and feel of this yarn -- 4 balls was all I could find. There are 10 balls of Filatura Di Crosa Nikerboker in a dark gold with flecks of color, also on sale. This yarn is 50% wool, 20% alpaca, 10% each acrylic, polyester and polyamid. I'm thinking cardi (subject to change...).
It's next to impossible to keep the eyes trained on the sale stuff. Look what I found! How could I not buy this? As I was measuring heads the other day (A, apparently, has the biggest brain in the family), they all piped up about how much they liked the Galway hat I am knitting from AK. I bought two skeins (not on sale) of Plymouth Yarns Galway, 100% worsted wool, and I'm going to make another. I might possibly make a small design change, too. I had a $20 frequent buyer card which we redeemed on the full-price merchandise, so the bite was just a nip.
Audrey. It seems that every time I get to a certain point (okay, twice) -- just as I'm closing in on the increases and the sailing looks smooth -- I begin to have doubts. I love Calmer, and I love, love, love this sweater. The question is, will I wear this sweater? I did as Bonne Marie did on May 18th and checked it out in the bathroom mirror last night. I'm not sure I liked the picture. Will the grrs wear this sweater? Audrey went into the pot and didn't come out for the rest of the night. I'm considering turning Audrey into Bobbie.
I worked on Galway, instead. Yes, I put it away and went to bed with only 4 rows to go on the brim. I wanted to leave a little fun for tonight.