|My Parents' Front Porch|
|View from the Porch|
|Poco, Rose of Sharon, and Pergola|
|Gardens and Deck at Back of House|
|View from the Deck|
That's a pond behind the trees on the left. It is swimable and stocked with fish. This home was built in the late 1990's, in a field that was part of our family farm. Any hints that my father still loves to drive his tractors? Mowing the grass is his favorite passtime around home.
|Dad, Dressed for a Trip to the Dump|
I purchased some yarn and a cool pattern just for this trip, and made quite a bit of progress on my new project:
This quietly colorful self-striping yarn is Noro Taiyo Sock, a cotton/wool/nylon/silk blend from Japan. I love knitting with Noro yarns. Eisaku Noro's color sense is quite acute, and I can always count on creating a stunning garment from his yarn. The thick/thin quality adds texture, and the fiber blend gives it an organic (as in "natural") flavor.
|Noro Taiyo Sock, Color No. 01|
Such luscious color! Rather than dying the yarn after it is spun, the folks at Noro begin with several different colored rovings (unspun fiber). As the rovings are spun, the colors are gradually switched. One long section of color blends into the next, which results in gradual color changes as the yarn is knit. The colors are repeated in the same order, in about the same lengths, but since it is not a fully mechanized process, there is some pleasing variability.
|Gradual Color Changes and Rich Texture|
This pattern is quite simple, and a joy to knit in a striping yarn such as this. The pattern is named Trillian, after a female character in the Douglas Adams classic, The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy. Martina Behm designed it, and it can be purchased on Ravelry.com. The scarf is about a foot long now, but when finished, it will be very long, so that I can wrap it around my neck a couple of times and let the ends fall long in front. It has a simple lace edge, and an asymmetrial triangular shape. The pointed end where I began knitting forms the narrowest angle in the triangle.
Asymmetry, texture, rich coloration, and stripes - four of my favorite design elements! Knitting this scarf will continue to be a rewarding, relaxing experience. Stay tuned for more photos as the scarf grows!
|Poco Surveys His Domain Away from Home|