I should be packing for our upcoming trip, as well as turning off and cleaning out the fridge and the freezer, and generally giving the house a good scrub (how many of you have this crazy compulsion of thoroughly cleaning the house before leaving for a trip, which Tom thinks is the height of madness?), but instead, today I'm thinking of my garden and my knitting, which I like far better than all of the above.
(right twist & left twist stitches in a V pattern)
With strawberry season just past, I find that my jam shelves in the kitchen are still bare, even though each day we picked an impressive amount of strawberries. Although I'd intended to make jam, turned out that we all had a great appetite for strawberries fresh from the garden, sliced in a fruit salad with the addition of just a little lemon juice and perhaps a dash of homemade elderflower syrup. A bowl of fresh strawberries after dinner, what a treat after months of winter oranges and apples!
Just as the strawberries came in, I was learned to knit a new stitch. I'm really loving this multi-colored and multi-stranded coat, an ambitious new project of mine (five strands of yarn worked at the same time!). The pattern comes from an Italian magazine, and is aptly called "Patchwork Coat", because it's made of different texture stitches, and a few crochet inserts even, that give it an interesting and varied look. All texture stitches were new to me, and I figured them out with the help of the many fantastic knitting tutorials on YouTube.
(berry stitch - which berry? take your pick and read below!)
The new stitch was named after a berry: "blackberry stitch" in Italian, which for some mysterious botanical or cultural reason translates into "raspberry stitch" in English. But because I learned it during the strawberry harvest, I took the knitting liberty of making my own translation, and called it "strawberry stitch." I'm in love with this stitch, and each time a strawberry appears somewhat magically from my needles, I smile.