Monday, June 13, 2011

Planning Ahead

Like many knitters I start to plan a new project before the one I'm working on is finished.  Once the end is in sight, I anxiously anticipate my next project.  I'm sure I'm not the only knitter to do this.  I think it's completely harmless unless it derails the project on the needles.  But that's another story.

In the midst of everything else this weekend I found myself doing a bit of plotting and planning.

One of the Hedgerow Socks is off the needles.

The other is on its way.

With a week full of appointments, meetings and hopefully two Stanley Cup games, this sock won't be on the needles for long.

My mind started to wander while I was working on the second Hedgerow, contemplating patterns and designs.  I finally settled on one that I had considered knitting several times in the past.  That was the easy part.

Now comes the hard part - deciding which color yarn to use.

I may go for one of these.  Both are lovely.

Or I may choose something completely different.

A splash of bright.  Whatever I choose, I'm sure it will be fun.

Our farmers' market opened last week, and I'm delighted.  Nothing can beat fresh, local produce.  The pickings are slim right now, but there will be more and more things as we get further along in the season. One of my favorites this time of year is rhubarb.  Since rhubarb has such a short season, I make the most of it while it's available and buy as much of it as I can.  Over the years I've earned quite a reputation. One of the farmers now calls me the rhubarb lady.

As Garrison Keillor would say, "Beebopareebop Rhubarb Pie!"


Kate/Massachusetts said...

Why don't you try planting some rhubarb in your yard? It is easy to grow and comes back every year.

Karen said...
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Karen said...

Geez, I just wanted to fix a typo, but all I could do was delete it all and start over:

Is your pie all rhubarb, or do you succumb to local convention and add strawberries - or something else?

My childhood home in Ohio had a rhubarb plant we just couldn't kill, but sadly I have been unable to get one going here.

Taos Sunflower said...

Our rhubarb plants are now in their second season. My midwestern husband is in heaven each year, when I scoop up as much as I can find in Cid's and make sauce for him to use the rest of the year on shortcake, ice cream, or to use in other ways. If he saw this picture of your pie, he'd find a way to your doorstep! It's gorgeous!

Stephanie/Dirty Water DyeWorks said...

I love the rhubarb comments. To answer the pie question I made two pies - one rhubarb and one rhubarb strawberry. I'm a purist and prefer just plain rhubarb.

When I was a kid, we had scads of rhubarb - everything from rhubarb punch to rhubarb sauce to rhubarb pie and cobbler. I love it and freeze some for the "off season".