more of everything

nothing all that new around here, but plenty to fill every minute of the day. i keep picking and picking stuff and the next day there’s more. thankfully, my friends are happy to take lots of it off my hands. i just can’t believe how much food is coming out of that garden this year.

and not likely to stop any time soon. i hope everyone believed me when i told them to help themselves while i was gone . . . otherwise, it will be a mess of rotting produce out there when i get back.

i can’t believe how much the okra transplants have grown in the two days they’ve been in their new home—they’re almost doubled in height. i started them from seed in a bare spot in the asparagus bed and it took quite a while for them to get to the size i thought was healthy for transplanting.

that, together with the fact that the asparagus is the one thing that’s not showing spectacular success, which makes me think we need to do something in that bed to get it up to speed. norma got hers going with rock phosphate, but according to our soil report, the phosphate is already high, so i hesitate to do the same. hmmmm . . .

i may have to grill david on what exactly he did when he aneded the soil in spring; he may have skipped that bed because it had plants growing in it—this would explain why it’s like last year’s garden only in that area.

obviously, it’s raining here today. we did have two pretty warm days in a row, but nothing like some of you are having. still, enough to get the tomato ripening jump-started.

i’m kinda glad it’s cooler today, because i need to cook up and put away some of these vegetables. i’m thinking a nice pot of ciambotta will be just the thing to take us through a few meals in the near future. and i’ll roast up some more eggplant for the freezer while i’m at the stove. and i still have some beets to prepare for the freezer. i just can’t let myself fall behind on the produce.

yesterday i ventured out to the doctor’s for a check-in and on the way back, i took a few minutes to stop by a goodwill i had passed many times. i’d heard it was good so i stopped to investigate. i was looking for shirts and i found a great one, along with a few brand-new long-sleeved t-shirts (which are a staple for me).

then i scored something i didn’t even think to look for there. as i was turning from one row of shirts to the other, i noticed to my right a whole aisle of just baskets. in recent years i’ve trained myself to avoid these aisles because i can be a real sucker for junk.

but wow, now i am the proud owner of awesome garden baskets for the sum of just $2. my old plastic ones (the kind that come free with plants) have been breaking one after the other and i’d been putting off searching for something better. these aren’t just better, they are WAY better and cheaper AND recycled, to boot. nice.

meanwhile, on the fiber front

i did manage to get up early on monday morning, so i finished spinning my gold cormo. i even got it plied and put on to soak before class got started at 10 am.

it dried really well over the last few days. it’s so soft . . .
i had some singles left when the first of the three plies ran out so i dug up a couple of bobbins holding other orphan singles and just for fun, spun them together to finish them off

here’s the gold cormo plied with some leftovers from a sock yarn i spun last fall—it will make a great accent yarn when i finally knit those socks. i love the way the gold pops against the dark gray.

after the gray was gone, i joined on some leftovers from my 3-ply rhinebeck yarn, in hope spinnery fiber.

so lots of nice new yarn to add to the stash. i’m not at all sure what i’ll knit from the cormo but there’s plenty for a nice scarf or a mitts and hat set. that might be nice to go with my newest sweater . . . nah—too matchy-matchy. but maybe with jackie . . .

anne marie and beckie came over last night to hang out and anne marie finished spinning her coopworth fiber while we talked. so we are both all set now to start a new spinning project after the august break. beckie worked on her sweater and again, i totally forgot to take a picture (too bad because it’s really pretty).

i have been VERY faithfully focused on the Bee Thing in my knitting all week. i’m really close to being done with the body of the piece and finishing my third skein of yarn

look how big it’s gotten! not scary-big though; i am assured by all the experts that no one ever wished for a smaller one of these. kim sent out a fourth skein of yarn yesterday that should arrive just about the time i need it. i’m always surprised at how much yarn a square piece uses; i need to get better at estimating these.

here’s a second photo of it, using different a light setting—i’ve been feeling a little like i’m not showing the color fairly because it’s really somewhere between these two—and the variations are beautiful in both. it’s probably actually closest to this detail photo

which someone here very accurately described as the color of peach melba yogurt. and it is just such an ambrosia of color flavors.

while i work on the Bee Thing, i’ve been putting some heavy thought into what i’ll take along on my trip. i’ll be gone a total of 16 days (i KNOW!)—obviously, i’ll need a lot of knitting. i was poking through the stash today, to try to narrow down my choices—why i thought THAT would help, i don’t know; i felt rather dizzily manic when i left the workroom.

i have two nate socks already packed and nightingale. i have another stole project i need to get going on (i might even start that tonight if i run out of bee yarn). but i don’t want to bring too many big things. i’m thinking about mitts and more socks, a neckwarmer, and ideally, i’d LOVE to have a little lace scarf along (or two). but that sounds like too much, doesn’t it?

we’ll have to talk about all that tomorrow. as with other things around here, the possibilities are truly mind-boggling—i don’t know if i can think about them all at once . . .

19 Responses to “more of everything”

  1. Jody says:

    Great produce baskets! And the tomatoes look so yummy! It’s lovely here today 77 and low humidity. Wish I was outside knitting! Wow-that is a long trip…you’ll definitely have to take a few things. Is it wrong to knit something other than socks at a Sock Summit? :-)

  2. Lisa says:

    Please tell me you’ll still be blogging on the road…!!! ;___;

  3. Vicki says:

    As usual your garden is providing so much delicious produce. Love the spinning. the gold cormo is gorgeous, geat spinning. Enjoy!

  4. Kim says:

    You can never have too many baskets…..just sayin’. :)

    My bee blob is envious of how big your bee thing is…

  5. Lorraine says:

    Anne- I have recently re-discovered the secondhand stores, the Goodie is great. I love baskets.

    What do you do with Okra?

  6. catherine says:

    You can’t possibly be a worse over packer than us. We will be on the road for two weeks too, and Lord you should see our truck, LOL! We always load that poor hotel cart to the gills getting checked in and out of our room. :) You just never know what you might need right?

  7. Hattie says:

    Oooooh oooh oooh that bee thing looks so pretty! I can’t wait to see it!

  8. Jean says:

    What is the name of the lace the bee thing ? ?. I really like the looks. Do you have a pattern for it ? ? Jean

  9. Kristine says:

    think of what your garden will look like when you return! bounty galore.

  10. Julie says:

    I’d love to swap some of my peaches for some of your tomatoes. My tomatoes are mostly still green, but the peaches overfloweth! I’ve made 4 dozen jars of jam already, and this weekend it’s going to be peach sherbet just to try something different. Your gold cormo is stupendous!

  11. Ellen Norman says:

    Beautiful veggies!! I love your spinning. I wish I could spin but don’t have a clue…I love the color of both photos of your bee thingee :)

  12. mary lou says:

    What do you do to the beets for freezing? I have never frozen mine and am soliciting ideas.

  13. Maryann says:

    Gorgeous garden produce! Am drooling over the plied
    Cormo tho and i have a question. I am fairly new to spinning so: Do you soak each ply as its finished thn again when you ply them together? What do you use to soak it in and at what temp? Sorry for all the questions but I really need help with this. Thank you!

  14. Lee Cockrum says:

    The gold cormo is truly lovely!!

    What did you do with your garden in terms of the soil for this year? If you have a link to suggestions you followed, that would be great. We need to “tweak” our a bit!

    Thanks, and have a fabulous trip!!

  15. Knitnana says:

    Oh, Anne! What gorgeous garden shots you (always) have!
    I can’t wait to meet you at Sock Summit!
    (((hugs)))

  16. Andrea says:

    I have total garden envy. And basket envy. And yarn envy. Yikes, I’m not doing so well on the whole not coveting thy neighbors goods, am I?

    Beautiful garden, though. I see these pictures all over the web of gorgeous fruits and veggies and think that I would love to have such a garden, but I don’t have the wherewithal to cultivate such a garden.

  17. Your tomato harvest is astounding. I may have to stop by to relieve you of some – lol.

    The Bee Thing is completely delicious looking. I can’t wait to see the final unveiling and get my hands on some of that yarn. It’s so lovely.

    When packing, I always figure out the knitting projects first (and then I forget toothpaste or some other necessity!)

  18. Shelda says:

    Wow the garden looks really juicy and fabulous. Great photos! Love those tomatoes and eggplants. That recipe sounds interesting; will have to try that.

    And the gold cormo is yummy, yummy! Beautiful variations. I love the subtle striping of the plying.

    Enjoy the trip!

  19. Tara says:

    Funny, I was just thinking what a great basket that was. Great score!