Last night the boy was invited to a sleepover and my husband was home from work . . . a late Christmas miracle! We had a date night at home which is a rare treat. We watched the first episode of a DVD set he put in my stocking: Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home.
Of course, the occasion called for a glass of wine and a new knitting project. My cast on compulsion was really driven by my desire to try out my hand-dyed sock yarn. So I browsed Knit, Sock, Love for something that would work well with this yarn that came out of the dye pot darker than expected:
The variegation was a happy accident that saved this otherwise dark yarn. It was caused by less dye reaching the areas where I tied the skein to prevent tangling in the dye pot. Even though I didn't achieve the expected color, I like how the slight variegation is similar to that of the original yarn used for the Mona socks in the book:
The lighter spots are highlighted by the texture of Cookie A's clever pattern. And luckily for me it's proving to be an easily memorized pattern which I could continue even after drinking a glass of wine while watching Jacques' and Julia's culinary skills. Here are some highlights from the show which I am finding to be the perfect knitting accompaniment:
I love it that they didn't always agree and demonstrated that there is more than one "right" way. Julia's attitude in the kitchen reminds me of Elizabeth Zimmermann's approach to knitting! I wonder if those two masters of their crafts ever crossed paths?
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