Chard. Rainbow chard. Crunchy red and yellow stems, brilliant green corrugated leaves that glow with the sun behind them. Beautiful AND delectable. Oh, yeah.

Braised with a drizzle of olive oil, a clove or two of smashed garlic, a quick grind of fresh black pepper, and a tidge of chicken stock or water to keep it moist. That tangy, peppery flavor is the essence of fall to me. Love it, love it, love it.

Am also loving the progress on my Drops Jacket, which I couldn’t resist after seeing others’ efforts on Ravelry. It’s a quick knit on size 8’s in Beaverslide Dry Goods traditional 2-ply fisherman’s weight yarn from Montana (210 yards per skein, and in my size it’s going to take 5 skeins), at 4 sts. to the inch. Stash-busting never felt so good.

The yarn has a substantial heft and voluptuous springiness. It’s not next-to-your-skin soft, but with another long-sleeved layer underneath, it will definitely be my go-to favorite when the house gets cold this winter. I found great vintage glass buttons at Britex in San Francisco. They are faceted, irridescent dome-shaped buttons that pick up all the colors in the yarn – small and elegant without being over the top. Just perfect.

The color is Prairie Aster, a rich rosy violet with flecks of tonal magenta and heathery bits of blue clinging to the main color.

Mods: I’m making it long-sleeved rather than three-quarter length, and I’ve added a fourth buttonhole so it buttons a bit further down below my bustline to keep out the drafts. I’m working the collar right now, and will block and seam it over the weekend. Modeled photos to follow next week!

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