I have long wished to knit up a Color Affection. Last fall, I finally picked up yarn for it at a nearby fiber festival. Wandering Wool yarns are the work of a woman living in the DC-area; she hand-dyes them in her small city kitchen. I’ve used the Worsted before (see here and here) and was impressed by the gorgeous color, softness and how beautifully it knit up and held up over time. These skeins of fingering weight – Rock Creek Sock and Ausuble Sock – sat in my stash for months while I worked on gifts for the girls and other little projects. Last week, looking for a simple project I could knit on with the girls around (read: garter stitch), and in the mood for bright greens and blues, I grabbed the fall festival bag from the yarn bin, wound the yarn, and cast on. I’ve just added the first contrast color, so I’m not too far into the shawl, but the vivid, cool colors and easy pattern are very satisfying at the moment and, so far, they are just as lovely to work with as the Worsted.
I’m listening to One Thousand White Women, recommended to me by a friend. A fictional account, the introduction to the main character’s journals is so convincing I had to look up more information on the book to verify that it was not actually a true account of history. I’m now into the journals themselves and finding it a thought-provoking and well-written story and one that likely has many true-to-history details.