back to normal

while it was positively summer last week, this is really more like it should be in march—bright yellow sunshine sparkling on frost.

yep, we woke up this morning to temperatures in the 20s this morning, brrr. but somehow with all that sun, it’s just doesn’t feel as cold as it would feel at the same temperature in january.

i ran out first thing to see what effect this may have had on the garden. i wasn’t too worried—david had covered the asparagus back up wiht a leafy blanket yesterday afternoon, and the rest of the plants we have out there are pretty frost tolerant.

the collards got nipped along the edges of their leaves, but they’ll be fine

what’s more of a concern is that they are showing signs of bolting and flowering, which i think is bad for the flavor, so i think i’ll cut them later today and cook them up this week. that will be the end of those plants, but soon enough we’ll have more.

the little sprouts seemed to have weathered the dip very nicely; i think last night is the coldest one we expect this week, so if they got through that, they should be safe.

i love the way the sunlight travels right through their colorful stems as if they are made of colored glass.

one of the reasons i put the chard where i did is that its colors will be visible from the street. if i could get squash to grow in a visible spot, i’d be in heaven—i’d love to plant some right at the top of the hill that faces the sidewalk so the vines could cascade down the front hill in summer. maybe i can work on david a bit to get him to come around to the idea—it could mean less mowing on the steepest area of the yard . . .

the early bulb flowers don’t mind this weather at all—i actually think they prefer it to the heat we had last week. these hyacinths are just perfect today; they seem to be flourishing in it.

our first tulips bloomed on friday, too, and the rest of them are sporting buds. looks like we have some of those extravagant double ones, coming in; i can’t wait to see them open up.

the weekend was kind of grueling and centered around non-knitting work, but we did get the fall club in good shape to open signups in may. i got practically no knitting done, except for this nearly-plain stockinette mitt, but at least i got that much done.

for this sample, i added a very subtle detail to the back of the hand that mimics the hand stitching you’d see on fine leather gloves.

it barely shows up here; i’m betting it will be more visible once it’s blocked and the fabric smooths out. if not, it’s back to the drawing board. there’s another one i’m doing that is a type of faggoting; more on that when it’s in the works

and david’s sock continues to grow; it has not been forgotten. i really do add a repeat or so now and then after dinner while we chat; it’s comforting . . .

i have a ton of secret knitting on the needles right now—way too much. but just know that wonderful surprises are coming, becauyse i’m having fun knitting them!

and now it’s time for me to go for a mammogram. i’m taking my knitting; there’s always a wait.

9 Responses to “back to normal”

  1. Bobbie in AK says:

    I just love your flowers! I have to admit I really, really like the Fearless Fibers yarn. I’m not normally a green person, but it’s just a bright happy color – and it makes me happy looking at it.

  2. erica says:

    Back to normal for me too! It’s nice to be home. But I do miss your perfect cup of decaf and your exquisite cooking.

  3. Christine says:

    Glad to see the plants coming along! And good girl for getting your mammogram!

  4. Brandi says:

    I’m kinda jealous you have flowers in bloom already. We are awaiting 4 more inches of snow.

  5. E. T. says:

    Seems our unseasonable March weather moved to Ohio and yours moved out west! Everything is as it should be. :) I love the green of those mitts; they look like they will bloom nicely when washed up. Lovely knitting/garden, as always.

  6. josiekitten says:

    We have had hot days here with some cold starts and a touch of frost, but things in the garden don’t look too bad. I’m curious to see what those mitts look like once they’re blocked. My grandad was a saddler and made some amazing things with leather. I only have a couple of pieces he made, but the craftsmanship is just amazing.

  7. Ann says:

    Your garden is looking so lovely as usual. I don’t like mammogram but I have to do it every year.

  8. Claudine says:

    I really like the stitch detail on the mitts. Cool.

  9. Jody says:

    I’m happy it cooled off a bit too–I just finished a sweater and got to wear it today! It’s been too warm lately…looking forward to seeing the secret knitting!