Hi everyone. Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. Mine has been quiet. My husband is out of town visiting his Mother for her 95th birthday. He gave her the shawl I made for her and she loves it. I am so happy. She can use it to keep her tiny shoulders warm as the Wisconsin days start to cool off. My youngest son was gone all day yesterday with a friend, I swear I didn't quite know what to do with myself. Usually I have some big project going, clean all the grout on the bathroom floor, clean all the mold and mildew off the outside patio furniture, but this time I said no way. I spent my time reading blogs, going on Pinterest and Ravelry, catching up on shows I had recorded and playing with yarn.
As I recently have seemed to have lost all ability to knit and follow a pattern, I decided to crochet. I finished my third Elise Shawl. I obviously love this pattern as it is number three, and I have at least two more in my mind to create.
Number 3 was made from The Fiber Seed - Sprout yarn, 90% superwash Merino and 10% Nylon. I used all but 2 yards of the 480 yard skein, I love it when your project works out just perfectly. This is one of the lovely yarns my husband got me for Christmas last year.
I have been searching and searching for patterns for sock yarn. I love you sock knitters, but socks are not for me. I think the yarn works beautifully with this pattern.
The yarn is very soft and smooth to work with, and once steam blocked the softness really came out. It feels very silky. I used a size J hook for this and was really pleased with how the shawl expanded during my rag tag blocking session with the iron.
A sure sign that Fall is coming is when I see these beautiful berries start to ripen. I see them when on my walk with Max in the morning. So today I grabbed my camera and decided to take some photos for you. I love to see the berries gradually tuning from green to a deep, beautiful purple.
This plant is called the Purple Beautyberry, (Callicarpa dichotoma). It is an invasive plant originating in Korea. The berries appear in late Summer/Early Fall. As I read up on them they are prevalent in the South, and the berries can have a slight hallucinogenic affect if ingested. I am staying away from them even if they are not poisonous.
Max needed a bit of cooling off on the shower floor after our walk. High of 92 degrees here today, Fall may be on it's way, but I sure can't feel it yet.