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Chances are, you've already seen these photos around the Internet, either on Ravelry or Fringe Association, but...I couldn't help but share too! One of my favorite and best customers, Deneise (cabinfour on Ravelry), recently designed this perfect shawl with my Merino Aran in Ivory. The textured stitch pattern is just scrumptious and the wide, bumpy garter edge makes me think of frothed cream. This is her finished shawl, but I can't wait to cast on for mine. Right now I'm working on the Amanda Sweater for the #fringeandfriendsknitalong in this same yarn. Perhaps I should plan to work this concurrently, so I have something steady on my needles when my hands grow weary from all that fiddly (wonderful) cabling! Wouldn't this be gorgeous with a simple silk dress or under a wool coat this winter? :)  

Photos by cabinfour

Clover Earflap Hat

I don't know if I can actually survive the cuteness of these photos. This the the Clover Earflap Hat, by Dover and Madden, knitted in my marigold-dyed Alpaca Silk Sport. Came out a little big (I made the 6-12 month size) but it fit this 16 month old pumpkinhead perfectly. I'm a big fan of Dover and Madden and loved this pattern…it's so soft in the alpaca silk blend and the yarn lends a fuzzy, gentle halo to the texture of the hat. I could make a hundred more of these! 

Nashville is quiet and gray today, the clouds low and the ground soppy. Like much of the Eastern half of the country, we've had some big storms that have ushered in some chillier weather. It feels and looks like Fall. We are happy. Preparing to hunker down as the earth inhales one last mighty breath toward winter.  

Glenmore House

It’s been almost a month since Beth and I returned from Australia. How has it really...has it really? The whole experience was every thing I could have ever hoped or daydreamed it would be. Every single thing and a thousand more things. 

We spent the first week in and around Sydney, mostly trying to barrel through jet lag and prepare for the first workshop. It was barely spring in the southern hemisphere, so the sun was pale and languorous and the air was frosty and the waves rolling into the Sydney beaches were swollen and majestic and terrifying. And it was all beautiful, and we fell in love with all of it before we even had a chance to try.

Our first workshop was held at Glenmore House, a historic farmhouse and country property owned by Mickey and Larry Robertson. Sweet mercy, it was exquisite. So, so beautiful. Our classes were held in the cozy, once-upon-a-time dairy and our meals cooked in the adjacent kitchen, and we were able to wander the grounds to explore and photograph the gardens. Which were immaculate. Pink jasmine everywhere. Cabbages the size of basketballs. Lavender growing like pokeweed would here (why?!). It was a dream. 

The workshop was co-taught by Beth, Luisa Brimble, and me, and we had lots of help from our gorgeous friend Stacey Clark (That's her above: the smiling lady on the right. Luisa has an uncanny talent for being behind a camera while simultaneously managing to avoid walking in front of one). Our lovely participants were greeted each morning with tea and pastries made by The Floury Baker (her date tart!!!) and the first day's lunch was provided by Arthur Street Kitchen (she is moving to NYC! New Yorkers, you are so lucky.). Claire Dickson-Smith cooked all of us a stunning dinner on the first evening, to nourish us after a long day of natural dyeing (eucalyptus and acacia bark), learning about manual camera settings (Beth and Luisa are such good teachers), and cozying up in front of the fireplace. 

On the second day our participants were able to really delve into the practice of photography, working with Beth to style food scenes (she made the most beautiful rhubarb tart which...why do I not have a photo of?) and Luisa to experiment with manual settings outdoors. Each one of our guests were so dear and wonderful…I loved getting to know them all. Turns out all that stuff about Australians being so nice is true after all. I miss them! Ladies, if you're reading this, I miss you! I will forever be grateful to have had this experience with you. Y'all! 

After wrapping up the second day, Luisa, Beth, Stacey and I headed back to town for an incredibly memorable dinner cooked for us by Aaron of Studio Neon (who is our collective new best friend) and readied ourselves for the second half of our trip in Melbourne. Which, of course, is a whole 'nother story for a whole 'nother day :) 

Pluck the Day When It Is Ripe

Manley and I picked hundreds of marigolds last night from my friend Susan's spectacularly kept garden. I boiled the petals and let them steep overnight: a fragrant, aurulent tea. This morning, I poured it over fifty-five skeins of yarn and set it outside to "cook". The heat of the sun sets the color, gently and slowly. It will be ready in about three days, but the waiting is--oddly--the most riveting part :)