The Zen of Picking Red Currants in July by Heidi Nick

The Zen of Picking Red Currants in July

January 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
9 stitches and 12 rows = 1 inch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
400 - 425 yards (366 - 389 m)
ladies medium and large
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This pattern is worked top-down on two circular needles, but double pointed or magic loop could also be used. Two sizes given (cast-on of 66 or 70 stitches). I used 2.5 mm needles for my sock, but 2.0 - 2.5 could be used. A Fleegle heel is used - fun and easy, no picking up gusset stitches.

My in-laws have a massive red currant bush in the corner of their garden. Every July I pick it clean. I find a zen, a flow, once I start, and I can’t get up until I have picked every last currant. I will sit in the sun for hours, my family laughs at me for being so obsessive about it, but I just can’t leave until the job is done.

The zen is in the picking, but the eating part is good, too. We make muffins and breads. My MIL makes jam.