(swiss chard, bright lights tricolor—a little taste for the gardeners of what’s at the end of the post)
gee, the day just flew by. my goodness.
a full day of work, then the garden, then take some pictures, and all of a sudden it is 9pm.
the last few days i have had little time to knit, but now the garden is 99% in the ground—just a few eggplant starts to put in and that’s it. now i will have a few more free hours at night for my real work.
i’ve got the bee shawl underway and am swimming along on the first section of “hive” motif
i have to figure out now how deep to make each section. i often understimate how much the fabric will stretch when blocked, and end up knitting more than i need to. i’m going to try to get this one right, but i’m aware that i’m dealing with one of the great mysteries of knitting here—how much is too much?
as much as i swatched and blocked already, it is hard to estimate from those attempts the size of the finished piece. small difference are magnified SO much in the translation.
i love the edging
i searched everywhere for a dainty bee edging, and finally came up with one thanks to karen. she knit this swatch for the walker treasury project, and fortuitously, i stopped in at her blog just when she talked about it. somehow i had overlooked this one while flipping through the books (ahem, far be it from me to use the index, and look up “bee”. oh no—wa-a-ay too easy).
so i played around with a couple of versions of it, and finally decided one column of faggot with one column of bees. i added the little winglets to the outside edge to turn it into an edging, and i think those are my favorite part.
i have decided for the third panel to go with the bee and waving grass version
and i’ll tell you why—it’s a seemingly insignificant detail, but i am so smitten with it that i can’t not have it in the shawl.
see next to the grass, where it comes close to the bee? there is a little wavy column of stitches that opens up? i LOVE THAT! it looks like a heat shimmer, or a buzzing sound. it makes another dimension in the fabric for me. (told you i wasn’t normal . . .).
now i know there was a strong contingent for using the honeycomb stitch somewhere too, and i am thinking that i might work that one into the bottom edge, since it’s sheer and float-y.
and now for the garden report. of this i am proud:
cook’s custom mix mustard greens
we got all our seeds from Cook’s Garden—they have a great variety, and as you can see, it looks like every single seed sprouted, because i “sowed thinly” as directed on the package.
i’ve stayed away from planting seeds for the first few years of our garden, because i did not trust that my farmer genes would be up to it, and we don’t have much space to waste. it’s been so long since i grew anything this way. not that i’m taking a big risk here—i’m just doing the greens from seeds for starters. stuff i can start outside, right in the ground, and can replace if it fails.
we have collards and erbette (another chard, from france) as well, but they haven’t sprouted yet.
the last plants came in the mail today
i don’t know if you can read the tag, but it says fairy tale eggplant—tell me, how could i NOT?
and sunday i filled in that new bed with hostas taken off our existing plants.
i might fill in the empty spots with some coleus or something just for this year, while the bed fills out a bit. because it will . . .
and much as i appreciate your appreciation of my garden, i can’t take any credit for the beauty of these plants. honestly, i barely do anything except admire them—they take care of themselves.
as it should be—mother nature doesn’t need me tampering with her work.