Earlier this week, I felt the need to purchase more yarn. Yes, it was a need. Not a want - honest.
It started innocently enough. It was raining, so I couldn't be outside in the garden. And raining (or snowing, or - and let's be truthful here - any kind of weather) makes me think of knitting something cozy.
So I pulled out my well-loved copy of Lookbook No. 5 from By Hand. (By Hand is a series of community-based "magazines" that focus on fiber and fabric communities around the country.)
This lookbook was focused on Michigan's Great Lakes and featured a designer named Andrea Mowry. Being the knit-a-holic that I am, I immediately went to her website and fell in love with a little hat.
All the other hats called me too, but I'll have to answer them at a later date. This one was the most insistent.
Yes, I probably have more than enough yarn in my stash to make this hat. But the colors weren't quite right. So you can see I obviously "needed" more yarn. Lucky for me, one of my favorite yarn stores isn't too far away. (If you are a knitter, you know how dangerous that can be!)
The Artful Yarn had just the colors I wanted.
They also had a newsletter with this salad recipe in it.
Our Favorite Summer Salad
1 cucumber, sliced into half rounds
Tomatoes, cut into chunks
1/2 of a small sweet onion
3-4 ripe avocados
Juice of 1 lime
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Fresh Corn, sliced from the cob
Whisk the lime juice with the olive oil and salt. Pour over cut veggies in a medium bowl and toss. Hide salad from all humans (unless you love them dearly) and eat it all by yourself.
Tomatoes, cucumbers, avocados, corn.
Really, what's not to love. They call it their Favorite Summer Salad.
I call it a Knitter's Salad.
The recipe came from a knitting store.
The tomatoes came from our garden and I'm a knitter.
My expert knitting friend, Lee Ann from Midwest Fiber Farms, gave me the cucumbers.
I'm sure the corn, avocados, onion and limes were grown by knitters. I can tell by the taste that they were.
And I plan to eat it while reading Lookbook No. 6, about the Blue Ridge Mountains knitting community.
Therefore, in my mind, it will always be The Knitter's Salad.
Hope you enjoy it, knitting or not.