vibrant colors.

Looking at today’s photos helped me to link the day’s activities together in my brain. While reading, knitting, and heading out to the farm for my veggies do not necessarily seem intrinsically connected, today has been filled with bright, buoyant, truly vibrant colors — and particularly now, when I am not feeling quite so buoyant and vibrant on the inside, it seems important to be able to see these things all around me.

I spent the morning watching the colors of the first skein of kureyon reveal themselves in the stripes of my growing sweater.


Stripes! is one of those patterns that teaches you things as you go, and today I learned to do the math to add waist shaping tailored to high-waisted, rather boy-shaped me. (Yay!) Here’s one of those awkward sweater body-in-progress shots:

stripes waist shaping on

I hope I can keep up this pace, as I am itching to wear this sweater! We’ve had cooler, cloudier weather of late, and part of me hopes it will stick around a tad longer so that I can pull this on and sit outside on a breezy summer evening…

Today I picked up a beautifully written, thoughtful book: The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone and Sky by Ellen Meloy. (Find it on amazon here.) Meloy’s prose is artful, at times surprising, and the way she intertwines memory with story, past with the book’s present, is evocative and beautifully complex. I’m about a third of the way through, and am finding myself particularly moved by Meloy’s exposition and exploration loosely centered on blues and greens.

Lastly, today marked the beginning of my CSA’s season. Check out this week’s haul:
csa haul

In those beets and radishes, and even in the greens, I see the colors of my sweater. Red beets, chiogga beets, radishes, spicy white turnips, komatsuna, spinach, arugula, kale, oregano, thyme, mint…I braised some of the komatsuna in olive oil with some chopped garlic, and then sauteed some radishes in butter at high heat for a beautifully colorful plate — ravenously consumed before documentation could occur.

Settling in for some more stripes-knitting.  I hope your day was punctuated with moments of bright color too.


5 thoughts on “vibrant colors.

  1. Several things.
    First, I LOVE the colors of your Stripes! So fantastic.
    Second, my CSA starts at the end of June, and I can’t wait! I think the east coast is much warmer than SW MI, which I never realized until moving here. Our produce is several weeks behind yours.
    Third, you cooked radishes? I always just cut mine up raw in salads. Does it change the flavor?

  2. Whoa, that was fast! That is going to be a fantastic sweater. I especially love the colored purls in the ribbing at the bottom. Also the fact that the pattern name has an exclamation mark in it…I picture you making jazz hands when you say it. :)

  3. Amiga! What fantastic progress you’re making with that sweater! And the produce! Ohmyfreakinggosh! I’m hoping that I understood correctly that there’s a farmer’s market in Lyon on Saturday. Not just because of the produce, but also because the cheese and bread are so phenomenal that I might come back to the US shaped rather like a blimp, and we all know how hard it is to knit for blimps.

  4. Wow, so much sweater progress! The colors look great … as do your yummy veggies. Good luck keeping the color coming.

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