Second Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn Clarke. This one was very enjoyable to knit as the pattern now made sense, on this second try. This yarn, from Yarnsmith, is dyed in a virulent mix of acid green and yellow, which somehow works better for the pattern than the Pankhurst colourway, as it reads as a semi-solid. It looks very dramatic over black. Two weeks of desultory knitting, one £7 skein...what more could one ask?
Last Sunday it was wet early on so I made up a batch of jam from the last of the blackcurrants in the freezer. Nothing like fresh jam to give that intense fruit flavour. I use my mother's jampan, always thinking of the top shelf full of jam she kept going. Curiously, I don't remember it tasting different as it aged, but I'm sure it must have done.
On the allotment, many weeks of dry weather have allowed us to get everything planted: potatoes, onions, leeks, parsnips, carrots, swede, lettuce. The rhubarb we grew from seed is now well-established, but, curiously, has decided to flower. I don't ever recall seeing rhubarb in flower before. This year's new project is to establish some raised strawberry beds, using black membrane to suppress the rampant mare's tail. One box is already in place; the second, in progress. The big success has been the purple sprouting, which we had never grown before. After almost a year it is in full production, and very sweet and delicious it is too.