Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday fragments


harris-yarnYesterday C sent me home from work with all this yarn! My best guess is that there is about 700 yards; tagged "Isle of Harris Woolens, made in Scotland, 100% wool". Thinking this will be a good start on gathering yarn for knitting a cardigan, is about a third to a half of the needed amount. This is a beautiful sky-blue indigo color tweedy yarn, and is quite rough (makes Noro look soft), will probably be durable and not pilly. My thought is to use it, combined with another color, for the body of a cardigan and sleeves, and do mixed colorwork for the lower sleeves, yoke, and collar. That will put the "tough" yarn in the useful areas while keeping the parts that contact wrist and tender neck from being abraded.

Had a good visit yesterday afternoon with my "big little" brother. It is rare that we siblings get to spend any time together, I'd not seen him in several years, as we live on opposite coasts... We met downtown near the hotel he is staying at, and walked over to have an early sushi dinner at Ichiban. Much talking over things, which continued all the rest of the evening: the MAX ride out to Acorn Cottage, the nickel tour of my current abode, and a walk about the neighborhood (despite the heat and unrelenting sunshine), till he had to head back downtown to get ready for the next day's activities.

After the success of my Alabama Chanin style tee shirt, have been very inspired to use that technique on some additional garments... there is almost no knit fabric stashed here, so when S asked if I wanted to swing by the big Goodwill, it seemed like a fun idea. Not only was there a 3X knit top in heavy cotton/lycra interlock, but also found a pair of jeans! that actually fit!! Yes, our plucky heroine, never seen in anything other than a skirt, now has a pair of Eddie Bauer black denim jeans, that only need about ten inches cut off and a hem to be suitable woods-walking garb for the nether regions. There will be many fewer no-see-um bites this summer. The cotton knit top is destined to be cut up into fabric; it started out as a cobalt and black leopard spot print, but after being boiled for an hour and a half in a kettle full of coffee, the cobalt has been nicely toned down to a more subtle indigo color...

The current hot sunny weather is a challenge. While we are not at the level that much of the USA is dealing with, it is still plenty warm, and forecast to be hotter still by the weekend. I'd hoped to get out to some of the free art activity on Sunday, but may play safe and stay indoors in the middle of the day. The lymphedema is much exacerbated by the warm weather (more swelling and a lot of pain). I am grateful for the shade that the front porch roof casts over the living room windows. Before that roof, the westering sunlight turned the living room into an oven. It still gets terribly warm inside, but every little bit helps. I am peeved that despite the passage of the library bond, the library then decided to close all branches on Mondays anyway; the public library is one of the few free air conditioned places of respite when the thermometer soars...

Okay, enough whingeing, there is work to be done, new clothes to be stitched, and a whole passel of housey chores that will not do themselves...

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