I took pictures of this all over the yard just a few minutes ago…this is the closest to its color. Mel’s picture of his vest swatch on concrete made me look out into the road, where the sun was still shining (flash pics washed it out and made it too yellow). I like the color of this yarn, even though some might think it kinda blah. Totally fits in with my ‘clothes the color of mud’ theme…which I’m actually trying to steer away from, but apparently not trying too much. Not sure if this is a good thing or not, but clothes the color of mud actually look ok on me, far better than bright jewel colors. The yarn is Bartlett in willow (I think my picture is more accurate for its color). This is not deluxe yarn. It’s rugged, earthy, and has bits of the barn in it. But I do like the way it smells, and that there’s still lanolin in it.
I’ve been looking for something for this yarn (it’s been in my stash). I don’t have enough yarn for some of the things I’d totally want to make in it (like Alice Starmore’s St. Brigid (that’s a link to Vicky’s blog, isn’t her St. Brigid lovely, and it’s in a similar color!).
What do you see first when you see a pattern? I don’t tend to make sweaters the color illustrated in the pattern, but for this garter pullover, it is close. Maybe it was the blah-ish (beige in the pattern) color that caught my eye, then I saw the shoulder detail, and realized I have enough yarn for it. Just before I decided to make the garter pullover, I remembered Jared’s Cobblestone pullover in the fall Interweave. I gave it some consideration (because it’s a similar color? Similar textured yarn?), but decided against it for the same reasons it didn’t jump into my head when I first saw it…it’s a lovely sweater, but wouldn’t look so lovely on me!
So it was stinkin’ hot here this past weekend. I drank a lot of this coffee drink I saw in the newspaper months ago, clipped the recipe, then lost it, so I winged it…my friend says it is a Greek drink and it’s called ‘Nescafe Frappe’ (say fra-pay, not frap). Here is Nescafe’s recipe. What I did: put some ice cubes in the blender. Add some milk, a bit of cream, spoon or two of instant coffee (why I had this, I don’t know), and a fair bit of sugar. YUM! And my pal says it is true to what she remembered drinking in Greece.
This is our Information Manager’s house! Somebody made it for her as a gift…but she.is.moving! For all the right reasons, and I’m pleased for her. But I’m also in a panic for me! Because all her responsibilities will fall on my desk. I must push the boss to post the position!