water reigns

i feel like i accomplished so much today. i woke up early and got outside to water before work.

squashlets in the early sunshine. it’s been sunny, hot, and dry here all week.
good for the seeds, and for these

but it makes me sympathetic toward the plants. the ground just looked so thirsty for so many days.
i’m trying to get on a new watering schedule, because evening watering attracts bugs. hopefully, i can keep this up throughout the summer.

of course, by end of day, we were looking at this

so i really needn’t have bothered . . .
for those that have asked, this is another section of our back yard, where we have all our vegetable beds.
we have quite a bit of space around our house, considering that we live right in the city.

i met a deadline at work that i didn’t think i would, and even got the documents in a little early. i got my hair cut, which i needed badly (my hair grows like weeds and it’s hard to keep up), i ran a couple of errands and now i’m ready to knit for the rest of the evening, as soon as i write this post.

it’s especially good because for the last two weeks, i’ve been feeling very “behind”. i still have several things on my immediate “to-do” list, but at least i’m starting the holiday weekend in pretty good shape.

tomorrow and sunday will be our local fiber show, which i wrote about at length last year. it’s a great event and i’m excited.

chris, from briar rose fibers, will be there again and we have a dinner date. i can’t wait to see her and giver her a big hug (she’s very huggy, and frequently sends them via email).

and of course, there will be fair fries. mmm.
(seriously, i have GOT to get more biking in than i have been this year).

sunday i am going out again to take a spinning class, “tips and tricks for spinners”. it’s five hours long, so i’m expecting to learn a few good things at least.

last night i worked on the bee shawl and i am only about an hour away from starting the second pattern, i think. i don’t know if you can tell from this photo, though

unfortunately. but trust me, it’s growing. what i should do, if i’m smart, is work on the charts for a bit, and get those out of the way. if i chart the second pattern out, i won’t have to work out the increasing by trial and error. of course, i could end up in the black hole of charting . . . so, it’s a tossupβ€”knit my way out of the paper bag, or chart first, and THEN knit my way out of the paper bag?
hmm, tough one.

(i just finished work for the day so i’ve been sequestered in the office for several hours. but david had a free afternoon, so he’s been cleaning. how nice is that??)

well, at least the weather took the other big question of the day out of my handsβ€”go for a nice long ride, or stay in and knit? i always feel a bit guilty if i opt for knitting over riding.
i wish i didn’t have to choose.

28 Responses to “water reigns”

  1. Carole says:

    Your photos are all green today. I love ’em.

  2. Kim says:

    I love the green warmth in your pictures! Everytime I come here and visit, it makes me yearn to get my garden in. This is the weekend πŸ™‚

    Your shawl is going to be gorgeous!

  3. Karen says:

    I also suffer from the ongoing cycling vs. knitting dilemma and I keep telling myself that knitting while enjoying the post workout endorphins is probably “the best of both worlds”. Alternatively, I may finally break down and try to get some sock knitting in on my stationary bike.

    P.S. The raindrop pearls on your lady’s mantle are lovely.

  4. Kay says:

    When seedlings emerge, you know there is still good in this world!

  5. Beth S. says:

    Oh POPPIES! I love poppies. We have nice orange ones, but I like your pink, too!

    Is that edging knit at the same time as the body of the shawl?… Wild!

  6. Shelly says:

    Your pictures are always so very pretty!

    The Bee shawl is sure looking GREAT! Congrats on making your deadline with time to spare.

  7. Josiane says:

    Of course, I had to follow your links to your reports from last year’s fiber show and to the event’s website. And then, when I come back, I see that you get to go to that “tips and tricks for spinners” class which called my name when I saw it on the site! How great! Well, I’ll be happy to read your report(s) next week!

  8. Rachel says:

    Lovely pictures, as always, and I’m really starting to like your bee shawl. However do you right a lace pattern! I’m in awe!

    I just died laughing when I saw you write about your “squashlets”. Very funny!

    (Oh, and thanks for responding to my inane questions. I know bloggers must hate it when I ask so many questions of fabulous knitters such as yourself πŸ™‚

  9. Laura says:

    Look at all that lovely rain. I’m envious. Your garden is coming along nicely. Love seeing those seedlings pop out of the ground. And the bee shawl is looking great, too! Congrats on meeting your deadline!

  10. Katinka says:

    Enjoy the fair! Looks like Miss Babs will be vending there — I just finished blogging about some purdy yarn of hers that I recently acquired. πŸ™‚


  11. Marianne says:

    The garden looks green and lovely. Please give Chris a big hug from too ! She really helped me out when my two skeins of yarn were not matching .
    She’s just great ! and has wonderfu yarns too πŸ™‚

  12. natalie says:

    Anne, there are no visible lifelines… are you very very brave or simply very very adventurous?

  13. Anne says:

    Oh what lovely photos I so wish I was better at doing mine πŸ™
    Thanks for the info & the pattern and I am so glad I came accross your blog also

  14. Sulafaye says:

    What a delightful post! And I’m so grateful for the links, I got to relive last year’s Fiber Show, even though I can’t go this year. And hurray for feeling caught up, and plants that grow and shawls that do too!

    PS Ohio thunderstorms might make your bike v. knit decision for you. Don’t you love it when that happens?

  15. Brandy says:

    Hi. A friend found your little spot and told me about it. I have to say I am in awe of your lace. I just started knitting back in Sept, but have been crocheting for many years. I am in love with lace patterns and working on my first lace scarf to give to a teacher. Your socks are just gorgeous too!

    The garden looks like a heavenly spot!

    Hope you dont mind but I will be stopping back by from time to time, just to admire your beautiful work!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  16. joy says:

    i keep trying to figure out a way to knit while i’m at the gym. πŸ™‚

  17. Tammy says:

    I love that shawl!!! Hurry and work it all out so I can buy it!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  18. LaurieM says:

    Now I’ve got a mental image of you pedaling a bike while knitting a sock, seated upright like some British school ma’m. Miss Read, or someone like her.

    Perhaps you need to learn to ride a unicycle?


  19. Susan P says:

    Eagerly awaiting each progress photo of the bee shawl. Fun to watch the creative mind at work. Tell Chris from BR that Susan Pandorf in Fishers IN says Hi!

    As always, blessings!

  20. Suzanne V. says:

    Too bad you can’t figure out a way to knit and ride at the same time. There’s a guy I see roaring down the freeway every morning, 80 miles an hour, shaving with an electric shaver in the rear view mirror while screaming into his cell phone. If he can manage that, surely a couple of pointy sticks and some string shouldn’t trip you up!

  21. I can’t comment on your lovely garden or the wonderful progress on the bee shawl, because all I can do is sit here and marvel at the fact your husband is spending his free afternoon cleaning. Perhaps you wouldn’t mind having him give my husband a call and having a rather firm chat with him?

  22. Daphne says:

    Oh oh oh. I really am looking forward to the finished shawl and kits being available. And if you feel like gardening in Seattle, I have a yard available. Just kidding… I do look forward to a day when I can really settle in some beds though.

  23. Romi says:

    Beautiful! A study in greens. πŸ™‚

  24. angelarae says:

    Love the shawl. Too pretty. I hope you are going to put the pattern up for sale when you figure it all out. It’s very pretty.


  25. Angeluna says:

    One can see the swarm of bees, clear as day. No imagination needed on the part of the observer. Wow! It is coming along quite beautifully. And all your green! After all the rain we’ve had, the green you see is probably mold.

  26. Cheryl says:

    The bee shawl is looking wonderful! And so is the garden, you’re going to have a wonderful harvest this year!

  27. stacey says:

    that exact thing happened to me on Saturday! I watered in the morning before I left, then by evening it was pouring! your veggies and plants all look great – mine are still poking along!

  28. erica says:

    What is the name of the plant in the last photo? Huge gorgeous leaves!
    it is lovely. Thanks for sharing.