flower of the day: queen of siam basil
i know i should keep these nipped back but at this point they are so gorgeous i can’t bear to cut them. and the bees really seem to dig them.
it’s gotten quite cold here in ohio, particularly at night. the heat has been going on during the day, even though we have the thermostat set at just 64 degrees. i’ve been wearing mitts while working at the computer—my hands are already cold, but these help a lot.
david has been cleaning the windows and making sure the storms are tightly in place. i’ve been gathering stuff from the garden because it seems we will get a frost any night now (i’m a gambler about that; i like to leave everything on the vine til the last second). i thought for sure it would be last night, so yesterday i took in all the pink and green tomatoes.
but not yet. when i woke up today it looked as if some parts of the yard got nipped a little, but not the vegetable patch
while waiting for the chill to wear off this morning, i worked in the kitchen for a while, roasting eggplant, tomatoes, and peppers to use later in the week.
yesterday i picked all the spinach and washed that up for another meal.
the delicate lettuces are still bright and healthy—we’ll eat those fresh-picked til the frost kills them. we have herbs (which i really need to bring in and freeze)
and this funny thing . . . i call this my emperor eggplant—it doesn’t seem to notice that it’s not wearing clothes. its leaves shriveled and dropped off weeks and weeks ago, but
it still has something to offer and dammit, it’s going to work it—a new little white globe came out just in the last couple of days.
this morning i spread out layers of newspaper paper on my dad’s old pool table to set up the indoor tomato ripening process
i’ve got quite haul here, and if they all ripen up as beautifully as they did last year using this method, i’ll be thrilled.
according to my blog dates, i am doing this about a month earlier this year (the weather last fall was freakishly warm into november). and the ripening time under newspapers took about 3-4 weeks. so hopefully, those reddish ones will all be ripe before i leave for rhinebeck, and the green ones will hold off til after i return (wouldn’t that work out just peachy?).
so yeah, things are winding down out there. it’s a little sad, but i’m also glad that the extra work will be over—it’s time to start knitting for winter. we need all manner of warm things to wear and give over the next months, and my thoughts are turning to making mitts, hats, scarves, and sweaters (and lace!), and away from puttering around in the chilly outdoors.
i am roaring along on my sweater (excuse the bad color in this photo)
the other night i went to a friend’s house to knit and got it to the underarms. after i got home i started the left yoke.
i finished that last night and started on the back yoke. i think i’ll be able to finish the whole body piece by tonight. then i can start the sleeves, yay.
you can see here that i’m continuing the cable detail alongside the armhole.
i’ve done this on t-shaped and raglan yokes before but never on a curved armhole. but i really wanted that detail here to define the edge next to the sleeve and since the cable is narrow, i figured it would be pliable enough to wrap around the lower curve. so far so good—it pulls a tiny bit but not enough to wrinkle, and i think i’ll be able to mold it nicely when i steam block it.
yesterday was a great day for mail, too
i got a new book—congratulations stephanie, i can’t wait to read it. i think i’ll put it in my suitcase for traveling with; short essays are the perfect thing for wait times and reading in bed at night. and if i’m lucky, maybe i’ll be able to get it signed at rhinebeck.
now as much as i respect and love stephanie, i have to say that the book was not the best thing that came in the mail, and i just KNOW she’ll understand if she sees this. because this is the best thing ever.
now you know i knit a lot of socks, right? i knit them for david and me and for my brother and for friends. but looking back, i can’t remember anyone ever knitting socks for me (and why would they—don’t i have enough already??). however, as you know, it is always nice to be knit for, particularly if you knit yourself.
and this week, i (yes, me!) received a gift of knitted socks. beautiful knitted socks. socks i do not deserve, but am thrilled to own.
and this week they arrived—perfect timing; i just started wearing wool socks again the other day.
take a gander at that gorgeous stitchwork, will ya? i would never knit socks like this for myself—which makes them even more special than they already are. i love the color, a nice terra cotta, and one i didn’t have that will look spectacular with jeans or nice slacks.
deb wrote and asked me for a sock wishlist as to what type of heel i like and what length i find comfortable, and she didn’t even laugh a little (to my face) when i explained about the pointy-toe shaping i use (although i have at least one supposedly good friend who finds my pointy feet hilarious).
she’d never heard of that before but she got it exactly spot-on
own socks for heavens sake)
thank you deb; this is truly a gift i will treasure always.
so yes, it’s not over yet. but almost