Monday, May 26, 2008

My How Your Garden Grows

Last weekend I started this scarf, which I'm calling Alien Waves due to the color and I am just loving how it's knitting up. The yarn is KnitPicks "Gossamer" which they don't sell anymore and the color changes are perfectly matched to the width and pattern of this scarf. At least I think so, I mean look at it. I could not be happier with how it's moving along and S is excited for it to be finished. The nice thing is it's worked on 7s and the multiple wraps makes the pattern knit up really quickly so I don't think it will take too long to finish.

S and I have also decided to do our own little Knit-A-Long. She's decided she wants to join the world of sock knitters and I only need an excuse to start another pair of socks. We both got some Plymouth "Happy Feet" from Knitorious and we're working on the Roundabout Socks I found on Ravelry. The pattern is really simple but it makes the neatest effect. I'm really starting to get drawn into the sock thing. I just had a super generous friend bring me a copy of A Little Box of Socks and as I was flipping through the 40 possible patterns, I set aside about 10 I wanted to start right away. Oh boy. I'm really trying to restrict myself to one pair at a time in order to avoid the dreaded "Second Sock Syndrome." So far, so good but I've got a skein of some Araucania sock yarn calling my name. It's for the first pair of socks I plan to knit for me. Wow, crazy concept.

I don't know what it's been like in your neck of the woods, but we are having trouble moving into summer. Our weather this spring has just been dreary and rain. Yuck! Well, last weekend we got a minor break and S and I decided to work our butts off and get our modest little veggie patch finished. In the picture below you will see it just after everything was planted, but it really doesn't show how much work it truly was. First, we had to pull up the pond you see on the left of the photo which we did a couple of weeks ago. Next, we filled the hole in with dirt from the area, placed lots of weed barrier (a must here), set a fence to avoid the "Bunnies of Doom" who like nothing better than a new garden, and plant lots of yummies. So here it is...

We planted the following: 1 Cherry Tomato, 2 regular Tomatoes, 2 types of peppers, fennel, thyme, a watermelon plant, and Jasmine (because I thought it was pretty!). Basically, we planted what we could find at Lowe's and we could afford. :) I've also decided to chronicle the growth of the garden by taking a picture each week. So below is week two. Everything had rooted in and is growing up just swimmingly!
Lastly, S and I are always on the lookout for fire wood. We have a fire pit in the back yard and we spend a lot of time going camping and sitting around a fire. Therefore, the constant search for wood, cheap. Around the house, the nurseries are selling wood for about $1 a stick, which is just plan nuts!! Well, this week, a neighbor was having a tree cut down and so S ran out and convinced the tree guys to give us the logs. For the last two days, S and I dealt with this wood. She split it into large pieces in the front yard (where they had thrown all the huge logs) and I loaded it into the wheelbarrow and moved it to a stack in the back. All I can say is one, it's cheaper than Therapy and two, we are hooked up for fire wood once this stuff is cut up. Or course, I'm already sore and we've just started. Wish me luck!

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