Hello dear and patient readers! It’s been so long! In short, I returned to work and ran out of scheduled posts. I missed you, too. So here is a little news about what I was doing in late December…
We spent the holiday period with my beloved’s entire family, three generations of it. I took plenty of knitting… and the beanie department of holiday knitting included a skein of handspun possum/wool blend and some eucalyptus dyed wool for contrast stripes. The possum/wool appeared in my friend Joyce’s stash and came to my house when she was moved into a nursing home by her family. Since last I wrote she has died, aged 92. So there has been grieving to be done as well as the certain recognition she was living a mercifully short stage of her life that she never would have chosen for herself.
In the top picture, casting on while enjoying sushi with one of my beloved’s nieces–that family have embraced me in a truly lovely way and it”s privilege to be among them. Then in the second image, this is a family who love to play scrabble in a manner entirely different and far higher scoring than anything my family have ever done, and if you look closely I’ve improvised a stitch marker from the spring of a peg. The other one might have been an elastic band. Needs must! The kind of distracted knitting done while playing scrabble goes well with a little nudge about when to decrease.
In the end I had three beanies, one child size. All based on Jared Flood’s Turn A Square, my go-to beanie pattern. And while spinning the possum wool wasn’t all that lovely because the preparation was a bit strange and there were very many little bits of waxy cardboard carded into it… the yarn was wonderfully soft and will be very snug. And one more part of Joyce’s fibre legacy is ready to go out into the world and keep heads warm, something she would have thoroughly approved of (though perhaps she would have asked me why no pom poms had been added to complete these hats!)