Rainbow chard is possibly the best vegetable on earth (what can I say, I'm a sucker for fancy-colored veggies. And I love chard).
Here's my contribution. Last night: improvised lentil dal, brown rice, zucchini and peppers sauteed with garlic and fresh thai basil from the garden, raita with cucumbers and radishes in it, and homemade raisin-ginger chutney. Oh, and a big green salad.
Tonight was less exciting, and I didn't do the cooking anyway, so I won't post it.
I made one of the circular shawls from A Gathering of Lace, and actually the way I wear it the most is around my waist, like a skirt. It's probably about 60 inches (or more!) in diameter, and I fold it in half and pin it around my waist, over a pair of pants. It ends up looking like a flowy, asymetrical skirt. The other major use I have for that shawl is bundling up in it when my house is freezing in the winter. I do wear it over my shoulders sometimes to- either folded in half or just with the top folded over, if I want it to be longer, and pinned in the front or on my shoulder. It's pretty heavy yarn (dk weight, I think), so I only wear it in the winter.
There's no reason not to knit that way...I learned how to knit the regular way (turning my knitting over), but I taught myself to knit like you because it makes some things a lot easier (I usually do sock heels like that, for example, so I don't have to switch hands all the time). The only thing you might have trouble with, if you are knitting from a pattern, is remembering to change the instructions so they work your way (as long as you pay attention, though, that's not too hard).
Yeah, I think that's what I'm going to do...I was a little hesitant about doing that at first, because usually necklines are higher in the back than the front, rather than just being a circular hole, and I thought it might look funny if I did it that way. But then I looked at a few other sweaters with similar construction, and decided it would probably look ok.
So, I just got the book The Natural Knitter by Barbara Albright, and I'm all excited to start knitting the "Memories of Ukraine" sweater (which can be seen here if anyone is interested-it's the one on the top right). It's a top-down lace linen sweater with a circular yoke and a sort of mock-turtleneck.
Here's where my question comes in: I'd like to do it without the mock turtleneck, maybe even with more of a scoop neck, but I have no idea how to modify the pattern to do that (especially without messing up the lace pattern). I know there must be some way to do it... any tips from all you wise knitters would be much appreciated.
I love your sweater! And I have a t-shirt with a loon on it that probably dates back at least as far as your sweater..I got it when I was three and it looked like a tent on me. Still fits, but it is finally wearing thin...maybe I'll replace it with a loon sweater! Though, like a few of the other commenters, colorwork is probably my least favorite knitting technique...I commend you for finishing such a big piece even if it did require a long break in the middle.