I'm joining in Ginny's Yarn Along this week.
Sometimes you start a project with one idea in mind and then someone introduces a twist and you go in a completely different direction. This happened with my beekeeper's quilt after I read Jen's lovely post about the sky scarf. You might remember that I began knitting my hexipuffs in a purple/red self-striping sock yarn, but I'm not thrilled with the thinness of the yarn for this project, and I couldn't stop thinking about Jen's sky scarf. Then a lightbulb went on over my head.
I should knit a sky-color inspired beekeeper's quilt! I clicked on my Ravelry stash page, searched by color (I didn't even know I could do that!), and voila, I discovered that I have a fair number of yarns in the blue family. Not only that, these yarns are dk and worsted weight which I prefer for the quilt. The purple/red hexipuffs will be put away for now (perhaps I'll use these towards a hexipuff pillow one day), and my Long Journey quilt will now be nick-named Skyfall.
What I'm reading: I'm sad to say that I just finished Luisa Weiss' food memoir, My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes). Sad because I really didn't want it to end. The writer of The Wednesday Chef blog, Weiss has a beautiful writing style that draws her reader in. Throughout her telling of heartache, homesickness, love, and joy, Weiss shares recipes that are irresistible. I'm not sure which one I want to try first: the silky buttermilk panna cotta, the oh-so-pretty poppy seed whirligig buns, or the savory meatballs in chipotle sauce. This is another must-read for any of you, even if you're not a huge reader of food memoirs ... My Berlin Kitchen will take you around the world.
And now, I'm happy to announce the winner of last week's Winning Wednesday giveaway:
Thanks to all who commented. This week, I'm offering one skein of S. Charles' Diamante in a lovely smokey grey. At 104 yards, this skein can easily be knit up into a sweet beanie or a pair of fingerless mitts. Other suggestions anyone?