beckie came over last night to knit and when we took a walk through the garden, look what we found—first squash flowers of the year, yay! and not just that, we also found
mmm. i just put squash on the grocery list, too . . . maybe by saturday i’ll have to take it off (fingers crossed). i have to admit, this squash is a bit of a cheat—normally i grow all the squash from seeds, but when we went to the nursery, i saw they had really healthy-looking plants, four for $1.50 or something like that, so i bought them. we’ve got the zucchini above, and some ronde de nice (i think that’s what this is)
and further down the row is some yellow summer squash (top photo that opened the post). i also put in a few hills of winter squash from seed, which sprouted right away even though david informed me i’d planted in a spot he hadn’t tilled. hey, if the soil was diggable, i planted in it, heh
and no harm done. i had a packet of mixed winter squash seeds which i sorted into piles of what looked like similar types, and planted them together. i’m hoping i’ll end up with three hills of different squashes—time will tell.
i’m no fool—everything looks really great for the squash right now, but i’m spraying for bugs on saturday, whether they need it or not.
i noticed that some of the eggplant might need it too (their leaves always get kinda flea-bitten, though it doesn’t kill them). look how big they’re getting . . .
and our strawberries have attained the blush of early ripening
just lovely. even if we never get to eat them, they are beautiful to photograph.
the spinach is getting its second set of leaves, so it doesn’t look like weeds anymore
(see lisa, it will happen this way for yours, too! ps: i love how you have your salad garden set up.)
and the last pretty, green thing i have is lettuce—all the rain and coolness this week really jump-started its growth; soon we’ll have a box filled with salad.
i’m so excited about the new garden space that i’m already planning next year—michele and i decided today that i should plant garlic come october. remind me of that at rhinebeck . . .
i mentioned while knitting hillflowers that valerie and karen at mountain meadow wool had requested a couple of knitted items to show in their booth at TNNA. i didn’t have time to design two new items but i thought that the morning glory wrap would be a great piece to show off the beauty and texture of their fingering yarn.
karolyn knit up this beautiful sample in no time and it arrived the other day—isn’t she amazing? it’s just breathtaking in cream—i love it karolyn; thank you from the bottom of my heart.
it’s really nice to see this made up in something different—it makes me want to go back and do several shawls again in alternate yarns (heh. maybe when i’m old, eh?)
like i said, beckie came over last night to knit—she’s starting her first sweater so she came over to work out the size and gauge together. really, it was also a good excuse to drink coffee and talk, but we did make changes to her original plan and work out the size according to her actual gauge swatch—well worth a couple of hours work.
i knit on my roger sock while she did swatches. i don’t have pictures (next time i see her, i promise) but she’s using briar rose fourth of july which she received in a fiber trade with chris. it’s a tonal mix of denim blues that’s just perfect for this cardigan. i’ve always loved that sweater; i know i should make one with some of my handspun but do i really need another sweater project right now?? (say yes, say yes!)
after beckie left, i worked out my new sock design for the signature kit i talked about some time last week.
this won’t be a colorwork sock—they’d like one design worked up in two colorways. i’m going with a sailboat motif that i think works really well in this yarn—the blue one looks like boats on a sunny racing day, the brown one looks like boats in the moonlight.
and i tried my new signature needles—both sets, actually. well, they ARE all that, lemme tell you. i love the points, i love the metal, i love that the 0s are heavier steel and the 1s are lighter aluminum. theya re the DPNs of my dreams, truly.
i LOVE the gray color of the one set; if i ever decide to get a bigger arsenal of them, i’d go with that color all around. but my green ones are special too; they are a gift from my friend and so they shall stand out—i’ll think of her every time i see that green.
i didn’t keep my swatch to show you—sorry, but my experience with lorna’s laces yarn is that i’ll need every bit of each skein to knit a 72-stitch sock. i do have the start of the new sock to show
and you can see i’m working toe-up for a change. not like me in the least, but i’m all about doing what it takes to serve the pattern and this motif needs to be knit bottom-up.
no sad faces—have some more strawberries.
and a few more morning glories. and tomorrow . . . fernfrost.