weekend wrap

the green beans i planted just before i left for sock summit are flowering—if the weather holds out, we might have a little crop of fresh beans before any frost hits. if the weather holds—it’s chilly here and last night, the air was positively frosty after midnight (and it looks so springy in the photo, right?).

tomorrow it will be september—wow. it already feels more like october; we’re wearing long sleeves and sweaters in the evening. actually, it’s kinda nice that the calendar still says august, haha.

i had a great weekend, how about you?? i spent a lot of time knitting this weekend and it felt sooo good—just what i needed to right myself. my energy was really lagging all last week; it seemed to be taking forever to recover from traveling.

besides finishing up my gray maze sweater and the nightingale stole, i finished a little gift knit and started a wrap in the snuggly, luxurious road to china light sport yarn from the fibre company (compliments of kelbourne woolens). by spending most of my weekend knitting time on that, i managed to get the first half done and the second half started.

mmmm. this yarn is positively addictive—it’s a yak/camel/cashmere/alpaca/soy blend (which explains how easy it was to seclude myself with it all weekend) that has a halo of differently-dyed fiber so that it offers up a luminous, iridescent glow in the light.

my colorway is grey pearl, which has a faint halo of blues and yellow-gold (and is, unfortunately, very difficult to photograph). but in some of the colorways the halo is quite distinct. karolyn, who test knit the piece, made hers in a gorgeous tomato red with tones of gold—just incredible. this will be a wonderful fall wrap and we’ll be showing you a lot more of it soon (it’s knitting up so fast i can hardly believe it).

i love the mix of stitches in this piece so much that we’ll also be knitting up a triangle shawl to coordinate in another fibre company yarn called canopy—a bamboo/alpaca/merino blend that is a little lighter-weight and drapier. i’m hoping to get that piece on the needles this week.

yesterday morning we met again for spinning class. not all that much new there—my bobbin is a little more full of very fine cashmere/silk singles

i am spinning this quite finely but it’s going a lot faster than i imagined it would—the chasing rainbows fiber is so beautifully prepared that it spins like a dream. i always forget what a pleasure it is to spin silk; it’s so smooth and pleasing in the hands . . . it feels even more luxurious in fiber form than in yarn.

what i didn’t do this weekend was work in the garden—note you haven’t see that for a while—and i probably should have. oh, i got some picking done (that’s pretty easy), but the beds could really use some cleanup and sorting. we had torrents of rain for a couple of days though, and i just didn’t feel like mucking around amongst the soggy mess. now that it’s dried out a bit, maybe i’ll get out there one day or evening this week. it just needs a couple of hours of attention—some dead-ish plants need pulling—i could use that space to transplant some okra

it’s funny—i transplanted the red okra into the ground before sock summit and those plants are doing only so-so, having been found yummy by insects. i had some extra little starts that i threw into the lettuce boxes just for somewhere to put them and those took off beautifully. so now they have outgrown the boxes and will need some ground space.

if i pull a couple of squash plants, that will make plenty of room—some of the squash has stopped producing, having fallen prey to powdery mildew or something, and some of it is still chugging away nicely

once i got the huge squashes cleared out, it took about a week for the plants to start putting out new squash but there they are—plentiful as ever. it’s nice though; since we had a little break form squash for a few weeks, i’m actually craving it again (and there are knitters to feed, hehe).

the tomatoes might be petering out now—while i picked several baskets at the beginning of the weekend, there were not all that many today (or, maybe the cool weather has just slowed things a bit). they might be taking a rest, or they might be retiring for the season—time will tell. at any rate, there are certainly a few plants that are done and need to be pulled.

the eggplant are going through their usual late-august rejuvenation period—now that the japanese beetles are gone and and the air has cooled a bit, they are putting out voluptuous new leaves and flowers, free of holes from munching bugs.

so we’re ending a little break where the fruit was kinda small and sparse, and i expect they’ll be back to regular production soon. i grew four types: these very dark purple indian ones that produce a long, narrow fruit with pointed ends which cooks very quickly (great for stir-frying); the miniature “fairy” type that grow fruit the size of eggs, literally, and have pretty, light pink buds

another miniature type that produces (excuse me, ladies) long, hard fruit with rounded ends. and then the regular large purple globe type. all are putting out leaves and buds like mad and a few flowered this morning

we should have an abundance of them in a week or two.
if the weather holds—i’m not kidding, it feels like it could frost before the middle of september this year. bummer—i love that we eat from the garden into october most years . . . on the other hand, the freezer is jam-packed with vegetables, so we have plenty in the event that the party ends early (but i’d so love to cook a dinner fresh from the garden for kim when she arrives on october 13th for a pre-rhinebeck visit . . .).

in the meantime, my most pressing garden concern shall be what to make for dinner tonight and will i have time/energy afterward to roast some more tomatoes and eggplant?

22 Responses to “weekend wrap”

  1. Jocelyn says:

    Ooh, roasted veggies. That sounds REALLY good. Maybe that’s what we’ll have tonight, with polenta, mmm… And did I hear the words “lace triangle”? ;)

  2. Rosemary McN says:

    Your veggies look sooo good! Now I’m hungry!

  3. Barbara-Kay says:

    Eggplant is a winter garden vegi here in Louisiana. It takes a really hard frost to do them in…best wishes for your harvest.

  4. Diane says:

    I love the snuggle wrap…….I’m hoping you can share the pattern…

  5. Mary-Heather says:

    Your blog this summer is like a commercial for biodynamic planting. I am DEFINITELY doing it next year! Your garden is awesome! (The knitting is amazing, too, of course, but holy cow that gorgeous basket!)

  6. Kim says:

    It all looks so fabulous! You are right though it feels as though a frost could come early this year.

  7. jen c says:

    yum! everytime i read your blog i get hungry…and feel like knitting… gee, i wonder why!

    next year i’m hoping to try my hand at vegetable gardening although i’ve heard it’s not easy here in newfoundland. we have terrible soil and a short growing season (last frost date is june 2, first frost is october 12…although we had frost in august this year so…). should be fun, if nothing else!

  8. Geek Knitter says:

    How can I be hungry again, I just had lunch!

    Never mind, I’ll bring the bread. How do you feel about sourdough and poppy seed?

  9. Yarndude says:

    Awesome, you finally got to cast on some new projects! I can’t believe you’re speeding through that new wrap so quickly. Remind me not to blink or I might miss the finish!

  10. Hattie says:

    Oooh love the spinning, so shiny!

  11. Bex says:

    I can see why that wrap knitting went so fast. The color is beautiful, and the stitch patterns look like a lot of fun.

  12. Sharon says:

    My neighbor and I have the same powdery mildew problem with the pumpkins, watermelon and gourds. (Central Ohio). Love your vegetable “still-lifes”.

  13. Gina says:

    That all looked so good, Anne! I must share with you that I picked a fresh tomato and hard boiled some fresh eggs I got from a coworker and made the MOST amazing egg and tomato sandwich ever!! Nothing like fresh!!

  14. Linda says:

    The spinning looks beautiful. My lovely neighbours gives us so many tomatoes so we have been lucky enough to enjoy fresh produce too. Lets keep fingers crossed fro a warm September although it is nice to be thinking of lovely winter knits!

  15. Nicola says:

    From one fellow gardener to the other, your veggies look brilliant and vibrant and I’m so utterly jealous!! We’ve had so much rain here in Wales that all my veg have failed to produce but never mind, thankfully I can buy homegrown veg locally – that didn’t sound right at all did it?!

    I’m loving the shawl and looking foward to seeing the completed piece and up on the website to buy soon!!!

    GsdSheba from Rav!

  16. Jody says:

    Ooh–I’m so glad you’re working with the RTC Light. I’m looking forward to seeing how that turns out. It may be awhile before I get to using mine…

    Our tomatoes are petering out too–I think there are a few left out there that I need to grab before the squirrels decide that they’re fair game. But no fear, we’re to hit 80 by the weekend, so your garden still has some time to produce!

  17. That cornucopia is simply delicious-looking! I am going to search for a cherry tomato in my garden for lunch today – sniff.

    The cooler weather is welcome but I want to stop time so we can enjoy it before the serious cold sets in!

  18. Juliann says:

    I just got some of the Road To China. I got 4 skeins, so that is only 320 yds. I am flummoxed about what to knit. I just want to cuddle with the yarn; it so yummy! Oh-colorway-Lapis, which is deep greens to deep purple grayish color.

  19. Sam says:

    I know what yarn I’ll be looking for on my next visit to Churchmouse. Gorgeous yarn and of course gorgeous knitting!

  20. Theresa in Italy says:

    The knitting and spinning are beautiful as always, but those veggies are truly inspiring! Especially since our garden did so poorly this year. Good luck getting it all in before the frost hits. (Not a problem here—still too warm.)

  21. Kyrie says:

    Last year I had tomatoes into November! I threw some row cover over them on the few freezing nights we had in October and they did great, so maybe you can select a few plants for special treatment in case it freezes!

    The wrap is shaping up beautifully!

  22. Tara says:

    Honestly, I’ve got to remember to pay more attention to my vegetable patch next year! Everytime I see the bounty you’ve managed to produce, I can practically hear my own few plants at home, probably weeping from the neglect they’ve endured.