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Hello! Just popping in with a quick post to show a new colorful hat pattern that uses the terrifically fun mosaic colorwork technique. The pattern is just out today and uses light fingering weight yarn and is perfect for stash diving. I let my 4 year old grandson pick the colors from my stash and think he did a good job, and while I never would have gone this bold and bright, I do love them as combined they are supposed to resemble stained glass. The fun pattern comes in SEVEN sizes and is well written by a very lovely woman and a designer to watch. 


And before summer completely leaves us in a mere 7 days, I thought I should post pictures of my pretty flower border that is (still) chock full of gorgeous zinnias. I start all my zinnias by seed in my greenhouse in late winter. Starting by seed allows for the best variety. I get my seeds from different sources and already have a few packets of new-to-me zinnia varieties that I will try out next year. The seed catalogs start to come out in January and is something to look forward to after the holidays are over.

This bouquet shows the gorgeous faded quilt colors of the Queen Lime Series of zinnia.
 There are three colors in the series and I have all three: Queen Lime, QL Red, and QL Orange.
These are my favorite zinnias.


At the front of the border I have Pinwheel zinnias. They are prolific bloomers and
are only 12" tall. I have them in orange and cherry.

Queen Lime Zinnias in lime, red and orange

Cherry Pinwheel Zinnia


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By mid summer the zinnias have come to their full beauty.
Pink hydrangeas are in the background.

White Shasta Daisies in the forefront. This picture and the following picture was
 taken early in summer, before the zinnias really took off!



But there is room in my flower border for other zinnia varieties as well.
 Below you can see some Fruit Bowl and State Fair Zinnias.




State Fair Zinnias




State Fair Zinnia




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This pattern is almost a decade old and I've had my eye on it since the beginning. For some reason I always thought Loft, this fingering weight yarn from Brooklyn Tweed, and one of his earlier yarns, was itchy. Someone told me it was itchy and so I believed her. But earlier this year I participated in a test knit for a guest designer for Brooklyn Tweed and was offered this yarn at a great discount. The test was for a pullover and is a lovely one and I hope the designer does publish it but we testers have not heard from her for several months. All testers are finished but have not been able to give our final thoughts on the pattern because the designer is MIA. Very odd. But, there is a silver lining--besides the sweater being lovely, I found out that I loved Loft and with the discount the designer offered, I ordered yarn to make this beautiful shawl. Loft is gorgeous to knit and is soft enough for me to wear next to the skin. I knit exactly per pattern, size and colors, and loved the new-to-me edge stitch that I show above. I used a size 6 needle and loved the fabric it made, which was 22 sts. to 4 in. So, when I use this again, I will use it as a DK weight yarn or maybe a sport, but not as a fingering weight, which is what it is! This project was meditative and enjoyable with all the stockinette, the feel of the wool, and the soft, warm colors.


Books: I finished a few books since my last post and have one lovely book to recommend: The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi. The novel takes place in Japur in the mid 1950s and richly creates everyday Indian life during that period. The characters, especially the henna artist herself, are beautifully portrayed. Themes for the book include the devastation of gossip and rumors, the social castes that follow you like a shadow, abortion, and creating family, blood related or not. 


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