Archive for April, 2008

oh, and here we have the back yard

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

kim likes the socks i gave her. these are the first pair she’s had for herself. something tells me she might end up on my sock list.

i landed yesterday around lunchtime and snuck up on kim at the airport

you remember her, right? i just love kim, and it’s so good to be here with her family. they have the coolest house and yard, that they have been building over the last number of years. we are eating citrus fruit and juices right off the trees out back

i feel so spoiled, and david is so jealous (he’s home right now, planting our front hill with ground cover to try to stem the erosion we’re seeing there. sounds like WAY more fun than hiking near the ocean all afternoon).

and of course there are pets

this is pal and chica (guess which one is which . . .just guess. i’ll give you a hint: chica was rescued at a taco stand in mexico). there are more (and more odd) pets but i haven’t gotten their photos yet.

not to change the subject too abruptly or anything, but this is a knitting blog and i though you might like to hear a little about that too. last night while we watched pheonix get spanked by san antonio, kim and i worked on our knitting.

i was pretty exhausted and disoriented from the flight, so i cast on for my new scarf in woolen rabbit whisper lace yarn, and settled in with the easy-to-learn pattern.

on the plane i finished up the first spectator sock,

while my seat mate simmered about having to sit next to me with my “weapons” (he was a little disgruntled that i got to have weapons, but he had to leave his liquids behind. sigh)

since he was so nice and friendly, i couldn’t help but tease him by proceeding to knit for the whole 5.5-hour flight. i put a bunch of work onto the star shawl too.

ok, we are heading out to cole’s volleyball game, so i’ll be back later with more. i got some awesome pictures today at the ocean.

i’m in a different world

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

the view from the plane as we landed in san diego . . . . more later.
knitting and outdoor activities are happening and i have progress and family photos (and the dogs).

boing!

Monday, April 28th, 2008

soft as a lamb’s ear and pretty as a posy, this charming scarf celebrates spring out loud. just the thing for a cool morning when you don’t want to drag a coat along.

shown here in lanas puras melosa laceweight, colorway, desert bloom, offered by one planet yarn and fiber. click here to pre-order kit with colorway as shown (and shipping in late may); or choose any of a wide array of colors.

to purchase pattern or view complete pattern information, please click here to go to the product page in the knitspot pattern shop.

many thanks to jocelyn and kim, our fabulous test knitters, and to dear rachel who watches our backs on the proofreading. thanks everyone!

good garden

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

thank you for your enthusiasm about my garden photos . . . no worries, i won’t stop posting them; it’s not like i can help myself. and they make such great blog fodder while i have bigger projects on the needles. plus, looking at all this regeneration is such a celebration of life, and i think we all need that.

these little guys. do they look like tiny chicks or is is just me?
i’m definitely going to miss their most interesting growing stages while i’m gone . . . damn.
i have to admit that i’m not much interested in ferns past the fiddlehead stage. the foliage just isn’t as fascinating to me, and i find them a bit messy in the garden. some day, i will find ones that i like (maybe some painted japanese varieties) and plant those in an organized way that shows off better how they look for most of the season. for now we just have this one stand and maybe a few odd, badly-placed ones that ultimately, just look scrappy. all things in good time. for now i enjoy these, at this time.

we have lots of deep shade around our house (yay, for not needing air conditioning). in fact the whole place was built to be very comfortable in summer. speaking of which, while i was taking a nap yesterday, david opened up our sun porch and cleaned it all out (we have to seal it off from the house in winter)

this is a great room; we eat out there every chance we get in summer, and it’s a favorite spot to visit with people and to knit and spin. it’s sunny, but cool, with overhanging tall trees and shrubs right outside.

at first we were at a bit of a loss to figure out what to plant at our place; our first tendency was to try to grow flowers (ha!). but there are few that will grow near our house, and then, mostly in spring before the trees have leafed-out fully.

these are the last clutch of tulips to bloom; after this, it will be impatiens and begonias if we decide to put those in. and our lilies, which spread out farther every year.

(look at the stalks on these—this is very good; these lilies grow very tall and need sturdy stalks to hold themselves upright)

over the last five years, as we trolled through green houses and looked at what was already in place in our yard, we discovered a whole world of woodland plants that have proved incredibly appealing. someone who lived here years ago had a good sense of what would grow well and planned for a garden that continually evolves through the growing season, with several special treats included.

this beautiful variegated solomon’s seal (related to lilies) is flowering now, and after that will feature dark berries. the rhizomes are easily propagated by splitting, so i took advantage of that and spread them out around the foundation. same with our hostas and many of our plants—i split them every spring and plant them in bare spots so that eventually, they will spread into a deep, solid a swath of cool green around the house. and free to boot—ya gotta like that.

the less grass we have the better, in our opinion (since it looks like crap anyway, what with all the shade we have). we are aiming eventually to have no lawn, or only a small amount where it grows well.

we are adding some new ones as we find them—this wild ginger was gifted to us by our across-the-street neighbors (not the house “decorators”) when they renovated a few years ago and had to move some plants out. it’s a slow spreader but it’s so fragrant, i keep trying.

speaking of fragrance, the lilac is just about ready to burst open in a chorus of wildly extravagant scent. it is lovely this year and we are so allergic to it that it might as well be poison. we don’t dare bring any inside the house (been there, done that, almost died), but we won’t get rid of it either.

most of the sunny area we have is devoted to vegetable growing—other than that, we’ve decided that colorful foliage and large-as-possible shade plants do the best in our space. soon we will head out to buy caladium, coleus, and maybe some begonias and impatiens. though it’s been incredibly warm and tempting to do it right now, we know this is a trick—the month of may in ohio in often cold and even frosty, so we’re sitting tight and preparing the beds instead (big changes ahead for the vegetable patch—stay tuned).

oh gosh lookit that . . i’ve prattled on and on with no knitting to speak of. and not much i can show you today actually

i worked a full, 12-hour day yesterday on something involving this yarn which i can’t show you.
these are samples of some new colors deb is cooking up for her fearless fiber merino lace yarn line (not available yet, but soon . . .). we are collaborating, hehehe.
and did you see the adorable photo of her on stephanie’s blog?? such a smile—we love you deb.

and i did also put in some work on the star shawl

it is longer—can you tell?

and then friday night i wasted spent several hours searching for a swimsuit as promised. ok, i know i’m going to get slapped down for this, but what’s up with the stores not carrying small sizes?? now, before anyone starts yelling, please PLEASE, just take a moment to walk by the end of the rack where the small sizes hang. see anything there? no, and you won’t.
the little rings that say “2″, “4″, and “6″ might be there, but no clothes hang between them (ok, maybe some 6s). one major store i visited officially doesn’t stock any misses clothing in my size range (i can’t wear juniors or petites) at all, and in swimwear, nothing smaller than size 8.
i know this is a touchy subject and i have long put off saying anything about it but c’mon, what about diversity? real women come in all sizes.
anyway, sorry for ranting . . . i don’t shop enough to make a big deal out of it. but when i shop, i guess i want to be able to find something useful.

anyhow, i did find a suit finally—at target, of all places.

i ran in there to get some toiletries and there was a rack of suits, right inside the door. why not? i thought—i’ve been everywhere else. it’s not exactly what i dreamed of (no hologram that features gorgeous, tanned legs to sheath me in a protective layer, for instance), but it will do—it covers my butt (that’s the trick for me) completely and doesn’t look terrible with my glacier-white skin.

wearing it should be interesting . . i’ve had no need for a swimsuit in many MANY years, but i’m planning to have fun it.