Links – both knitting this time

My big purple bearded iris
My big purple bearded iris

OK, I cheated.  Patricia C Wrede is a writer, and this blog post uses knitting patterns as a continued metaphor for writing.  Sorry Mrs Simonds, I forgot what you call those continued metaphor thingies, but thanks for 11th grade English anyway, you sure made me work!  But back to Patricia C Wrede her description of how you must expect to adapt any knitting pattern is spot on.  And if you need a laugh out loud family read aloud, look into the Enchanted Forest Chronicles.

The matching batchelor's button that helpfully reseeds itself every year, but gets taller each time.
The matching batchelor’s button that helpfully reseeds itself every year, but gets taller each time.

Talitha Kuomi took on a long length and freckled yarn to make her depth cowl, and then she shows you EXACTLY what you need to do to tell that yarn what to do – how to cast on and tune it so the dye pattern does pretty, pretty things.

My garden from the sidewalk (with the satelite antenna that no one uses)
My garden from the sidewalk (with the satelite antenna that no one uses)

If  you want to see more “What can I do with my amazing yarn?” ideas for hand dyed yarns, Check out Artful Color, Mindful Knits.

This is the purple phase, by next week the peonies and day lilies will all be blooming, also a poppy and some love in the mist.
This is the purple phase, by next week the peonies and day lilies will all be blooming, also a poppy and some love in the mist.

And a bonus link, I love it when the Yarn Alive Ladies post who gets their charity knitting, the NICU in Sendai this time.

I'm proud of how the rosa glauca leaves and chives blossoms fit in. I can't usually get gardens to behave this well, this is the coordinated week.
I’m proud of how the rosa glauca leaves and chives blossoms fit in. I can’t usually get gardens to behave this well, this is the coordinated week.

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