July 12, 2005


This photo shows one of the lavender starts that I bought during last year's Lavender Festival Tour and Yarn Shop Crawl. A start? It's now a full-blooming, albeit adolescent-sized, plant. I can't remember the exact name of the breed, but this was something like lavender Grossa, the big blue lavender. Starts were 4 for $5, and I bought a set of 4 last year. This one, as you can see, is doing well in a spot right outside of my kitchen door that gets lots of sun. (The other three lavender starts haven't done quite this well . . . but don't tattle to Plant Amnesty! I think I've gotten my $5 worth of pleasure from this little guy. The lavender plant you see in the background was one already growing here when we moved in about a year and a half ago.)

Yes, it was only a short year ago that fellow Guild board member Diana and I were coordinating the Lavender Festival tour last year for the Guild. And this year's tour is coming right up: this Saturday, July 16! Diana and I are again coordinating a tour of three lavender farms in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley, as well as stops at two yarn shops on the Olympic Peninsula. (And, since we can't get enough yarn, let me also add that one of the farms that we'll tour is Angel Farm, where there will be a vendor's booth selling alpaca yarn and alpaca goodies.)

If you're wondering what the connection is between lavender and knitters, let me remind you that lavender is favored by knitters as a natural moth repellent.

Last year, in addition to the aforementioned lavender starts, I bought lavender soap, sampled lavender-infused champagne and ice cream, bought some handpainted yarn at one of the shops, and a pattern at the other. I spent the bus ride visiting with knitters and also knitted many, many rows on the Bronte scarf that was my project at that time.

Seats on our motor coach are still available for this year's tour, so if you are a knitter in the greater Seattle area and interested in spending a day among fellow knitters, knitting away, touring yarn shops, seeing gorgeous purple fields, tasting foods made with culinary lavender, and smelling every kind of lavender soap and potion imaginable, contact me!

In other knitting news, I'm working on the socks for my recently-departed sister (that is, she's recently left her status as houseguest chez Campbell to travel to her new home in Arizona):
She's modeling it, here, before she went on her road trip. The sock is somewhat longer, now, and I'm on the verge of knitting the heel flap. My sister chose the colors, which have an Arizona-esque feel, don't you think? The pattern is from Betsy McCarthy's book Knit Socks! The yarn is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the color Cedar for the cuff, and Gold Hill for the main portion. Gold Hill is an exceptionally popular color, and sells out as quickly as I get it in.

Still, there are plenty of other great colors to choose from, including the new-to-Two-Swans colors Cool and Motherlode. This yarn makes a very comfortable sock!

Posted by Karen at July 12, 2005 09:39 PM

Karen, I'd love to go but have had a change of plans (ie, shouldn't drag Doug along). However, I'm definitely up for next year, I LOVE lavender.

Posted by: Angela at July 13, 2005 11:27 AM

I wanted to go but circumstances are preventing it. :( I will also try for next year. I'm even missing Ferals! Trying like mad to be able to go to the Stich and Pitch - are you going to that?

That picture is funny - somehow it looks like itty bitty skeins of yarn in the background, or a huge, giant foot.

Posted by: Patti at July 13, 2005 02:14 PM

Angela and Patti: I'll be blowing lavender-infused thoughts your way on Saturday. Sorry you won't be able to be with us. I don't have tickets for the Stitch'n Pitch, at the time of this writing....

Posted by: Karen at July 13, 2005 07:42 PM