oh how i wish i was! i yearn for a trip like that . . . with bicycles . . . it’s been too long since we really traveled. but here the poppies are a-poppin’ and flashing their dressup skirts, so it’s almost as good (at least, that’s what i’m telling myself).
and apparently, there is plenty more where that came from
these are david’s favorite flower (and one of mine too) so we have as many as we can fit in our small areas of bright, hot sun. some day we will have a field for them, but not here.
still, we manage to make it seem so. the area near the garage that faces the backstreet is our one spot that receives bright sunlight and is dry. everything we throw back there flourishes, even though we hardly pay attention to what’s happening. right now, in addition to these gigantic poppies, our eNORmous sage shrub is blooming
and the wooly thyme makes a dense carpet i could only dream of for the beds closer to the house
lavender grows to great heights and we even get volunteer cherry tomatoes there, regenerated from gardens past. unfortunately, the only view anyone gets of all this wild splendor is when leaving the parking lot of the doc’s office across the way, but still, we like that it looks nice for them. if only we could do something with the front of the house. everything we try out there pretty much fails. it’s too shady and the ground is a dense network of tree runners. we try—we really do. and some day, we might just hit the right combination of plantings that make it look lush and cared-for.
so, because i was out planting in the garden til dark last night and then at the computer til pretty late, i have very little more knitting than i did yesterday.
i did not get as far on my mitt even as i’d planned
and now i am spending a beautiful afternoon inside, trying to catch up a bit. hopefully i’ll get enough done that i can get back out and plant the things i bought yesterday (i might have had a little accident with my credit card at lily of the valley farm, where i went with beckie yesterday after work, “just for the ride”. wait til you see what i found . . i’ll take pix once it’s all in the ground and i get some weeding done).
luckily a box of blog fodder arrived in the mail today from lis and jodi at one planet yarn and fiber—samples of some new lines they are carrying as well as some old favorites i’d never tried (such riches—thanks you two!).
so because i don’t have much knitting progress, i thought i’d show you some yarn.
first up are Kaalund yarns from australia. these two selections just cry out to be little nothings. there is a ball of beautiful merino laceweight 2-ply
a soft, cushy, classic yarn in a subtle colorway called glass house.
then, the luscious Enchanté, a cultivated silk 2-ply in a yummy yummy mix of orangey-pinks called guava.
i’ve been wanting to organize some silk knits for the summer, so this really sets me up, along with this next gift, from their handmaiden line.
now most of you might have noticed that i’ve never knit with anything handmaiden.
i KNOW. i’ve admired it believe me, but never indulged myself (see? i can be good).
but, all that is about to change.
that peridot skein there? is going to be a big scarf i’m gonna use it ALL for a wide, long scarf that we could bring along to an air-conditioned joint when we wear a sleeveless dress on a hot summer night.
or, you know, you could stay home and just wear the scarf with no worries about it being too warm—it won’t stay on long . . .
and as if that wasn’t enough, they sent some of this swiss cashmere silk to make a wrap in the fall. now, this we have to be careful with . . . this is dangerous.
the color is a little more muted and neutral than it appears in the photo. promise me that if you get some of this, you will lock it up. otherwise, it’ll go blind from too much fondling.
they also included some of their artesano alpaca yarn, which i somehow did not get a picture of, but next time i promise.
and lastly (i’m telling you, the box is bottomless), from be sweet yarns (you really should click that and read about this amazing company), a nice, cool, organic cotton/bamboo blend yarn that is dyed with lo-impact dyes.
i chose the denim colorway and now i wish i had asked for enough to make a summer top. it’s super-soft and feels nice and cool—it would make a great skirt, too.
lis and jodi always go to great lengths to work with companies that are easy on the planet, are doing good things for their employees, and offering products that are unique and safe to use. their shop is a special gathering of yarn lines that you might not see anywhere else, so if you haven’t been there yet, you are in for a treat.
ok, back to the drawing board for me; i owe a mitt pattern to jocelyn and michelle, and if i’m good i might finish in time to go out and enjoy the day (thankfully, i have a big window in front of me).