Oh the joys of a new laptop. Web pages load in moments not minutes, and I don't need to reboot every other hour. I can sail the seas of Blogtopia aboard the good ship 'Red Leather Sofa' without fear of being reefed or wrecked. Hurrah! Or maybe I'll launch the dinghy 'Stripy Deckchair' - it's a glorious evening out there!
I've been busy today. Busy, busy, busy. It's a treat to sit down! I've been planting viola's in hanging baskets - some a delicate lemon, others the prettiest delft blue - and contemplating cow parsley. 'Mother-die', that's what my Dad was taught to call it, probably because it's a dead ringer for hemlock. You didn't pick it, you didn't dare, it could kill your Mum! But it's a good dye plant ... once mother-dye perhaps, who knows. With an alum mordant and an iron modifier it gives greens not unlike those in the image below. I wish I had time to show you - it's been a while since I dyed any yarn - but there aren't enough hours in the day right now.
I should be working on the Teeny Tiny Mary Jane shoe pattern for p/hop, or putting the finishing touches to the next knitsofacto baby design, or knitting a few more rows of my Lowry shawl. But knitting - and blogging, I'm terribly behind with my blog reading just now, I do hope you'll forgive me - simply haven't been a priority this week. No, I'm bogged down in the aforementioned planting of patio pots and hanging baskets, in paint charts - we're revamping The Farmer Boy's bedroom - and in cow parsley, or rather in images of it.
I'm working on an artists' book commission*, thankfully without too onerous a deadline: a friend wants a memento of the cow parsley that filled the church, and the churchyard, on her wedding day. A gift to herself for her first anniversary. You can make paper with cow parsley, did you know? I'm not sure if I shall, but it's a lovely thought. For now I'm just playing with ideas. I'd forgotten how much fun this is!
What a fabulous response to our plans for a knitters' and crocheters' country house weekend! Details, for those who missed my last post, are here. It's not too late to reserve a place, so do please let me know if you'd like to join us. I'll be emailing everyone who expressed an interest soon.
* You can read more about me and artists' books in my post about The Beetle Correspondence.