Alas, the hollyhocks of summer are long gone and the skies are decidedly autumnal today. Even as I welcome the cooler temps, there’s something a little sad about it. Summer 2011 went too fast. I seem to have missed a lot of it somehow. But a lot of big serious ugly things are behind now, and if losing a summer was what it took, so be it.
Because I dare say that this will be a reminder of summer wherever I go. This is Alcea, another flawlessly written pattern by SusannaIC. Alcea, as in hollyhocks. It’s fair to say the colorway, Flower Studies #45 in Sundara Fingering Merino Cashmere, is the most
relentlessly cheerful thing I’ve seen in a while. No blues allowed while wearing this little number 😉 I didn’t even really like the colorway, but when I went stash-diving for this pattern, it said, “Pick me! Pick me!”
And so I did.
I knocked this out in the space of ten days or so. Somehow, it took less than half a skein. I’m still trying to figure that one out. Because it finished at the right size. I was blocking for wingspan, not depth.
SO – here’s the knitty gritty …
Finished size: 58″ wide by 16 deep at deepest point.
Project marriage score: 9.5
Projects waiting to be blocked: 2
Next up: a high-pressure two-day out-of-town work meeting that eviscerates my weekend. No fun whatsoever.
I haven’t left yet and I can’t wait to get home.