“If one thinks that one is happy, that is enough to be happy.”
– Madame de la Fayette
Last night I had a few friends over to knit and I worked on my A Hap for Kathi. I’m using Knitted Wit Skinny Cashy which is a wonderful hand dyed yarn. It is a lace weight Merino, Cashmere, and Nylon blend. The strands are lightly plied and I can tell that once I block my Hap, the lace will open up and the yarn will have a bit of a halo. I wish you could touch the yarn through the computer screen – super soft. The color is difficult to capture in a photo – a golden yellow/brown with speckles of red/orange. The speckles remind me of little freckles and I find I am delighted when one appears in a stitch I am knitting. Abuelita’s has a couple of skeins of Skinny Cashy left, and they just ordered another shipment. (There are several other types of Knitted Wit that I want to try).
The pattern is A Hap for Harriet by Kate Daives. I follow Kate Davies blog which is full of interesting stories and knits. From her blog: “My name is Kate Davies. I live in a small steading on the edge of the Scottish Highlands where I love writing, designing, and walking in the wonderful landscapes that surround me. I find that all of these activities have a creative and a critical dimension and the best of possible worlds is one in which I productively combine them all.“
The pattern can be knit in any yarn. You weigh the yarn at the beginning, work the increase section until 30% of the yarn is knit, work the middle section until 70% of the yarn is knit, then finish with a decrease section. Lacy Batkus (which I have knit twice) also uses this method – a great way to use up stash or a luxury yarn like Skinny Cashy.
After knitting a bit at lunch I ate my salad (left over from yesterday’s lunch), drank my Diet Pepsi, and nibbled on a few grapes. Then even though it was beastly hot (but not as hot as last weekend), I went for a walk and watered the garden at my office. There are a few things growing, but this time of year the garden looks pretty dead. The plants are in pots and the heat of August fried many of them. Soon, once it turns cooler, I will plant a winter garden of greens for salads. In the meantime, the pomegranate bush has several fruits this year: I am watching and trying to determine when to pick them.