my mom’s front entry is always such a cheerful welcome in the summer, filled as it is with plants. some of these are ones that she brings inside for the winter and others are seasonal.
my little fledgling impatiens plant made it to albany in pretty good shape, losing just one leaf on the way (that was hanging onto life by a thread anyway). i have one more plant at home with two short branches and a fresh cutting in water.
that’s all the result of a winter’s worth of pretty consistent work on our part to keep these plants going. still, we did it, right??
then we got here and what was pretty much the first thing we saw on arrival??
the plant my mom grew from a small cutting she received in may from her cousin. obviously, these two have no need of my help in the propagation department.
color me shamed.
not only that, but when i turned around, i saw these new starts
jeez loueeze; i don’t know what it is about our house, but we can’t get any houseplants to grow this well. huh, i can’t even get the cuttings to take root very well; i really struggle with them.
of course, i’m going to be taking one of those home . . .
and maybe one of these coleus too; my cousin propagates these each year to share around the family as well. i know coleus are easy to come by, but these are especially gorgeous and it’s fun to know they originate from some old plant many years back.
we’re having a nice visit so far; my mom had to have some routine tests, so the first couple of days have been focused on that, which has provided some excellent knitting time. i’ve nearly finished my current secret project and have put in lots of time on wasp and rose as well while we stayed home in the evening.
i’m halfway through the third and final trellis section; after this i get to start the hem pattern, which is the section that contains the wasps.
it’s getting bigger!
i had extended waiting room time on my hands today, but i prepared well by bringing the second sleeve for my sweater project along
sorry for the horrible representation of the color in this photo; i just couldn’t get the camera to cooperate. the yarn color and the upholstery color just don’t play well together as they do in the previous photo and there isn’t another spot in the house with decent light. anyhow, i’m past the underarm on this sleeve and working on the raglan shaping.
one of the things i like about working a raglan sweater in pieces is that the shaping on the sleeve can be different than the shaping on the body. so instead of a box with symmetrical, geometric shaping, you can achieve some contour in the bodice that more closely molds to the actual curves of the body, which are a bit more sinuous.
one thing i keep forgetting to bring up about this new sweater is that i haven’t yet come up with a name for it—i’m at a complete loss at the moment. maybe it’s time to have a naming game on the blog? we haven’t done that in ages.
OR we could just ask kim the dyer to name it—she’s the master of names, me thinks (ok, well, her husband is). yes, now that i think of it, this would be the perfect solution—one of those sassy indigodragonfly names. my only criteria is that it be rather short, one or two words. it’s much easier for things like making ads and listing the pattern everywhere.
may we can get them to come up with a short list of ideas and the blog can vote on which one works best . . .
i’ve had a couple of really good runs since i’ve been here too—my mom lives on the edge of the pine bush nature preserve, so even though she is also near everything she needs, there are wooded country roads very close by to get away from all that.
tomorrow we are heading to hudson, NY to visit cousins, have a nice lunch, and maybe stop to buy fruit on the way. i can’t wait.
we leave for home on thursday, but i have a nice post planned for out travel day—don’t miss it!