Since I have two 6-day workweeks in a row, I had no hesitation about spending Sunday afternoon knitting. I took my book and knitting out to the porch and enjoyed the perfect spring day. The perrrenials are waking up, hostas like crowds of green fingers pushing up, sweet woodruff peeking through the leafmold, salvia and columbine and cornflowers all leafing out. I did a little bit of weeding, just to get my hands dirty, but I also knitted this much of the T-shirt:

Sinfonia is nice to work with, as long as you don’t mind too much about splitting. The strands have no desire to stay together. But it is soft, and sturdy-feeling, and smooth. Also slippery — the stitches are very inclined to slip off the needle at the beginning of every row. You just have to be firm with it.

Sinfonia is a mercerized cotton, which is to say a cotton washed in lye. This shrinks the cotton, causes the fibers to become rounded and stronger, and gives it a shine and an affinity for dye that allows much stronger and more lustrous colors than can be obtained with cotton before mercerizing. The  process was named for the guy who invented it in 1844, John Mercer. Aren’t you glad you know that?