:: casting off ::
The pattern calls for worsted weight yarn but I used Malabrigo sock, held double throughout to get gauge. I like that the yarn is machine washable (a nice thing when gifting to a new mama, I think) but it's still made of the softest wool. Lovely!
(ravelry notes here)
:: casting on ::
A hat for winter (although it's been so cold around here lately it seems like one could wear a wool hat now).
:: reading ::
Harvesting Color by Rebecca Burgess – a good book on foraging for dye plants in the wild, although I am noticing that many of the plants mentioned don't grow quite as far north as we live. I enjoyed reading her thoughts on 'beneficial disturbance' (I often get asked if I feel bad foraging for dye plants in the wild) and the importance of gathering in context, mimicking the natural effects of disruptions such as wind and herbivorous animals.
"I am constantly seeking that fine balance, where my harvesting will mildly and temporarily disrupt the ecosystem, just enough to lead to its enhanced future."
– Rebecca Burgess