and i think we’ll have that order filled—the rambler that spreads across the side of the back yard fence is filling up with buds that seemingly weren’t there a few days ago. not being a rose person, i hardly pay this shrub any mind, but it rewards us anyway with a multitude of red blooms each june. we also have a regular rose bush that sometimes blooms in the prettiest lipstick pink later in the summer (that one has even put out out new flowers in the early fall snow here and there).
the lady’s mantle is also in bloom right now—not a plant i think of as “flowering” but in its maturity it has shown itself to be just that.
the vegetable garden seems to like what we’ve done with it this year—a comfy straw bed of mulch underlain with newspaper to keep the weeds down. the plants i put in a week ago have doubled in size
(these yummy peppers were just wee things seven days ago) and nothing looks to be in danger of failing. though i was worried when a few of the biggest tomato plants seemed to catch a good sunburn in those first couple of days, they seem to have recovered nicely. some rain and cooler weather have helped things take hold well.
the spinach seems to have germinated very well in its box and the lettuce in the box next door is all up, too.
the nicest thing of all is that this garden will be a lot less work for me—at least until harvest time (if we have a good harvest, anyway). good thing too, because i have an extremely busy summer of knitting and design work ahead.
the hillflowers wrap knit up by kari arrived the other day, so i put it on to soak first thing yesterday morning to prepare for blocking.
we were a little short on yarn for it, so i stretched and stretched
and managed to get it blocked out the correct petite size. this one is knit in the lovely sweet sheep sweet socks tight twist yarn dyed by michele in colorway no comment a mix of cream, browns and grays (i don’t see any of this color on the site but i’m sure it can be made available).
we both just love how the smudges of neutral color accent the rolling lines of the stitch pattern (and the beautiful stitchwork, thank you kari!). here’s the join
didn’t she do a beautiful job?
this morning i unpinned it and took a half hour to play with it on the dress dummy (apparently my old love for dolls and dressing them up has not abandoned me; good thing i have an outlet . . .).
i just love draping shawls and fabric on the form
finding just the right pin to accent the folds near the neck (hee! i’ve been hiding this one from kim since i bought it at thanksgiving time in the albany history and art museum—i just know she’s going to want one and i don’t know where to find another)
or maybe this one—bees seem like just the right thing to accent hillflowers.
well, enough of the teasers—you’ll see more of these photos on monday when we release the pattern . . . oh, ok, you talked me into it—just one more
last night i was able to start knitting fairly early in the evening for the first time all week, so i took up the gold maze sweater and worked on establishing the patterns in the front half of the upper body—once it’s set, it’s easy to relax into, but i needed just a little quiet time to make sure i got off on the right foot with it
all set now; i’m not very far from the neck shaping (if i decide this is the front).
once i felt comfortable with that, i switched to working on the nightingale stole. i added another repeat before it was time to go relax with david and watch a little TV.
it’s growing, really it is. but i know i have to be patient to really appreciate the gains i make on it. i can actually work on this in front of the TV too, but i chose to switch to the roger sock and get a few inches done on it. the pattern is all set, we just need a second sock, i gotta finish it up.
i managed to get it almost to the start of the heel—a few more rows and i’ll be there.
it’s the only sock i have going right now so i’m thinking about what i’ll do with the lorna’s laces yarn i showed you the other day. i’m thinking something with sailboats might be fun—a bright blue one to represent sunny sailing and the neutral one to represent moonlight sailing. maybe something like that . . .
i also cannot WAIT to get my hands going with those needles, hehehe.
it’s a gorgeous day outside so i’m not going to linger—it’s too nice to stay in and my bike is calling to me from the front hall. i have no set plans other than to knit, work on patterns a bit, ride my bike, and have my spinning class tomorrow, which feels very good (although, i really should do some cooking, too).
who knows, i might even get out for some much-needed shopping—my one favorite pair of knee shorts isn’t really enough, i think, to get me through the summer, and baby, summer IS coming . . .