The yarn is 100% organic linen from Quince & Co. It feels fairly rough, being linen, and is smaller in circumference than I had envisioned, so the shawl will be smaller than the picture of the finished project shown on the published project sheet. I am using a size larger needle to accommodate this difference in yarn size and hoping the yarn will soften after washing. It is a bit like knitting with kite string at present.
If you are wondering what "organic linen" actually means, look here for an intense written presentation. My take on what the organic blog says can be narrowed down to:
- Lowest practical ecological impact
- Fair Trade guidelines
The center is beginning to look like hearts, and I wonder if this is because of the yarn. Liking it thus far, but it requires concentration and cannot be successfully knit with the husband in the room providing side notes or asking questions, adding to the ambient noise of tv commentary. However, it can be happily knit on while sitting alone and having an episode of "Pride and Prejudice"spicing up the airwaves. The husband will retreat to his den with the dogs when he hears Colin Firth.
It is cold here today, and I had to bring in all my seedlings last night because of the frost warnings. Three more days of in and out with these little guys, and then the zinnias and cosmos
will be almost ready to go into their new raised bed. More later on that project. Three pots of marigolds are in the garage, and more pots of herbs are up by the back door that will have to go out again in the sun by 10 AM when the frost warning is lifted. Three more days of this and then we should be free of frost. One wonders at the efficacy of all this attention to planting when the local grocer provides plants already blooming.
Lastly, one new addition to the front porch: an urn with columbine and marigolds, reminding me of college colors: