Dishrag Tag has officially begun. I drove home this afternoon, saw the mail carrier leaving our house, and found not one but TWO boxes in the mailbox! One was my dishrag tag relay box, and one was yarn I bought earlier in the week at The Loopy Ewe.And inside the boxes, I found goodies. The first box held a dishrag from our fearless leader, Emily, two balls of cotton yarn, a recipe for shortbread, and two cute little gingerbread-man (person?) cookie cutters.
Of course, beautiful sock yarn was in the other box: GypsyKnits, Melon Patch colorway, and Cider Moon Flurry in the Midnight Special colorway. The third beautiful skein is my July sock club yarn from Zen String, Harmony in a colorway for spring called Dragonfly. That arrived yesterday. It's been a good week!
Of course, I immediately had to begin making my dishcloth for the relay so I can get the box in the mail tomorrow. I chose the yellow/orange yarn and made a simple pattern so I could finish quickly. Here it is drying in preparation for mailing off to Sarah-Hope in California tomorrow.
In other KAL news, Mystery Stole 3 is coming along slowly but surely. Today was the big reveal of the theme, Swan Lake, along with Clue 5. Since I'm barely a quarter of the way into Clue 4, it's going to be awhile (or maybe never) before I'm caught up. Here's how it looked at the end of Clue 3. I can see a mistake way back in the Clue 2 portion, but I'm just going to say, "nobody's perfect" and continue on my merry way. I don't think it's too bad for my first major lace project. I'm finding it to be good exercise for my brain, since I really have to concentrate in order to have any chance of ending each row with the correct number of stitches. And I've learned it's deadly to start thinking that things are going well - the next row is guaranteed to have too many or two few stitches!
It's time to bring the garden into this "Knittinggarden" blog: The dahlias are starting to bloom, the garlic's been harvested, and tomatoes are starting to look good. We picked the first crop of raspberries a couple of weeks ago and are waiting for the next one. Laura really liked the raspberries and she helped me pick enough to make a pie. It was good!
I grew two kinds of garlic this year (but never remember to write down the varieties). One was ready before the other, and is already dried, trimmed, and in baskets. The other, larger variety is about ready to be cut off the stalks and stored. It's fun to braid the garlic, but these are both hard-necked varieties and they don't braid. They keep longer than the soft-necked and that's why I like them.