There is unrest in the forest,
There is trouble with the trees,
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas.
Rush- "The Trees"
No 10 on Tuesday, as the subject is "10 Patterns You could Knit Again, and Again". Well, apart from socks and mittens, I very rarely knit anything twice, so I don't have anything to contribute there. However, I am planning a knitting project for early fall, and it ties into my subject.
My backyard is really beautiful- not that I am taking alot of credit. I have an amazing hosta garden, and there is a pussywillow tree, as well as a shade garden, and a small pond. Not huge, but manageable. There are also a couple of ash trees that have died, due to the insidious Emerald Ash Borer. Kind of a pretty looking insect, isn't it? It has destroyed the trees, many years old, and the only shade I have in the back.
By the time we knew what it was, it was too late. There are only leaves on the ends of the branches, as this bug hollows out the tree from the inside, robbing it of moisture. In order to save them, we would have had to do something about it last year- last year they looked healthy.
So, because Autumn is coming (oh yes it is!) I am going to make a Gnarled Oak cardigan. I think I love planning and putting together a project almost as much as knitting it. I have ordered some oak buttons from an Etsy seller*, and will be using this:
"Botanical Knits". I love any patterns that have leaves in them, and I have a collection of shawl patterns that feature them, as well as suitable green yarns. One day I may even knit one of them.
Fleece out, and give a tree a hug.
* I ordered some Larch buttons too-