I have completed the mat I was making. I made up the design and feel that it raises as many questions as it answers. The texture is convincingly carpet-like -it's a broken rib, ie one row k1p1, next row plain purl. However, joining in the stripes leaves a weaker edging, not totally resolved by crocheting along as a binding. The fringe makes it look more like a mat than a jumper that has ended up on the floor. I think the idea has possibilities, if I can resolve how to join in new colours.
Yet already, here, the clouds are gathering. So hard to know what to wear. Sandals were the wrong thing, it turned out, as I crossed a street rapidly turning into a stream.
Some things in the garden are thriving: my favourite flowers. I just love the range of colours on their faces, and the rich textures on the larger ones.