happy midsummer weekend!
i’ve been knitting my fingers to the bone, but i can’t show you any of it, groooaaan.
well, maybe just one thing
the baby blanket is growing, more than i thought. as i’ve worked on it bit by bit, it hasn’t seemed all that big, but suddenly, when i spread it out, there it is—BIG (not big enough yet, but getting there).
i thought the rows seemed to be getting mighty long, but i wasn’t really paying that much attention; this is something i work on only a little, late at night while we watch the bike races. but it makes me happy . . .
two of my secret projects are out the door now, so i’ll have more time to devote to public knitting. i’ve got to catch up before i have anything to photograph.
fortunately, the garden has much to contribute this week to a post about summer color. everything has doubled in size just since i worked out there last—i can hardly believe it
everyone around here is exclaiming over the bounty of big, colorful flowers we have this year—it’s certainly a feast for the eyes and a nice respite from a generally bad-news sort of year.
a full week of sunny, warm weather after all the rain we had previously has worked wonders out there. we even had a couple of rain showers to mix things up and some cool nights as well; a good variety of weather to suit any plant’s preferences
my beloved bed of greens has filled out with all colors of the rainbow, too.
(well ok, maybe not blue . . )
we are picking some of that golden chard tonight to cook up into david’s curried tofu pasta, because beckie is coming for dinner and knitting (YAY) and she loves that dish.
some of the tomato plants are filling up with fruit—these egg-sized (and bigger) amish paste tomatoes are turning from dark green to a yellowish shade; i expect they’ll be ripe in a couple of weeks.
and holy cow, they’re going to need another haircut on saturday. this is when i need to be especially watchful that they don’t get out of control like last year. it’s easy to say, “oh, i just pruned those last week”, not realizing that they need it even more this week.
every squash plant has a couple or more fingerling zucchini, yummy in omelets, quiches, and pasta. i picked the first ones on sunday to add to the quiche i made and in no time, the plant replaced them with more.
the okra bounced back from being thinned and transplanted really well—each of them has doubled in height and gained several sets of new leaves. i’m excited—last year i got started late with the okra and it didn’t survive this stage.
the eggplant is still sorta sitting there at its original size, but that’s how eggplant is—it takes a while to surge. but i see some new leaves today, so i bet anything it will be twice the size and showing its first flowers. we have a bunny friend again this year and though he seems to have stayed away form the garden for the most part, i see he sampled the weakest eggplant and left the leaves laying right there. they must not suit him; hopefully that will teach him a lesson and he’ll stick to the clover in the back yarn as usual (really truly, he almost always stays away form the garden and grazes in the clover-filled back yard). pictures soon . . .
actually, i do have some summer color of another variety to show you, as long as we are looking at colors
my dear friend sheri berger, owner of everyone’s favorite yarn store, the loopy ewe, has launched her own line of solid series fingering yarns in a whopping 90 colors and wants everyone to know about them.
i picked out this pretty wisteria color for a future project; the yarn base is smooshy, smooth, and beautifully spun and the color is beautiful. i can’t wait to try it out.
and from the natural dye studio in great britain, amanda and phil have sent some tiny sample skeins of their gorgeous luxury yarns in silk, alpaca, and british wool, dyed with all natural dyes.
this is a selection of various weights of dazzle british blue-faced leicester wools, in three weights
and finally, angel, a luxurious blend of alpaca and silk, also offered in three weights.
everything here is so beautiful; i’m hoping to be able to work with one of the laceweight very soon . . .
and i think that’s it for today—hopefully next time, this page will be filled with knitting; have a good, colorful, wonderful summer weekend.