Thursday, September 27, 2007

Working on it all

Since its been a little while, pumpkins! I think they're getting close to being pick-able. There are 6 of them that are nice and orange, and one little one that is still green, and might not make the cut before the first frost.

Cherry Leaf Shawl! Edging is in progress, I'd estimate I'm about 1/4 done with the edging, and will probably have enough of the Evilla yarn left for another shawl.

I'm working on putting up the harvest for the winter. This basil became a huge batch of pesto, frozen, ready to pop into a pot of pasta for a quick dinner.

A nice unblocked lace picture; the shawl, center done, edging begun. Aren't the color shifts of the Evilla nice?

I only got three of these little eggplants this year, I'm definitely saving seeds this time! Listada di Gandia eggplants, an Italian heirloom variety, and I think my favorite eggplant variety.

My first time with one of these knitted on edgings, and so far, so good. I like the way it just "works out" if you follow the instructions.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


Heh heh. Picked a carrot for a snack, and Carrotpants was looking back!

That is all.

(I have 3 skeins of finished yarn to photograph, I need to do a garden update, I finished the first Kaffe Fasset sock, and finished the center panel of the Cherry Leaf shawl and started the edging last night. So, plenty of bloggable stuff, but with the days getting shorter, the light changing, and it being COLD [37 degress this AM] outside now when I get up I haven't been in the mood to take pics. But, I will, promise!)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

AWOL for no good reason...

Finished the Thuja boot socks.

Dug the first potatoes.

Scrubbed em up good and ate em.

Started a new VLT pattern (shoulder shawl in cherry leaf pattern).

Did a little spinning (no pic).

Not much else to report here right now!

Friday, September 07, 2007

Sockyarn and Sheep

Hanspun Superwash Merino Wool, in purples and teals that Valerie (who has stopped blogging due to Ravelry...) dyed and sent me for my birthday (last year).

Sock yarn! Fingering weight, and superwash, perfect.

The ewes are pretty big now, almost full grown I'd say. We had to pull Fred out and isolate him last weekend. He's less than thrilled about it. Especially because the ewes are showing signs of "being ready to breed". But, since we don't want to lamb until April, he's in lock up til mid-November.

The light is getting lower now too. I've had to move from taking yarn pics on the deck to a fence post out in the garden. (and, I saw some yellow leaves on a cottonwood on the drive to work this morning!).

The llama I think is happier with the sheep now Fred is in isolation too, I've noticed him hanging out with them more (if you click and make this pic big, you can see the adorable baby horse my neighbors have in their pasture!).

It was 49 degrees this morning when I went downstairs, I don't remember the last time I saw a temperature in the 40s. I'm glad you guys like my garden pics too, I feel like this time of year I want to capture it as much as possible before I have to wait 7 months for more.

Yarn Specs:
100% superwash merino wool
3.9 oz/112 g
291 yds/267 m
2-plied, fingering weight

Happy weekend!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Garden of Fall

Funny, I can tell Fall is coming by a quick walk in the garden. The squashes are the main players now, and the potatoes are slowly yellowing as the onions yet grow.

The weekly pumpkin (compare to this and this and this):

Surprise wheat! I actually have a pretty good stand of this. I mulched the potatoes with straw, straw which obviously had wheat seed in it, since two large patches of my mulched potatoes are now wheat. I might even try harvesting it (or if I'm lazy it will become animal food).

Potimarron squashes are doing well. I've never tried these, but based on the description, I can't wait to roast one and make a hearty curried soup.

This was my first attempt at growing dried beans this year. These are October Beans, a Native American variety. So far, so good. They're growing well, and quite pretty. I only planted a handful since this was my first dried bean attempt, but next year I'll do more.

Look how pretty the actual beans are. I'm thinking next year I'll plant Bolitas, the variety that is native to this area.

I hope my garden updates don't bore you, but I get as much pleasure and peace from my garden, the animals, the mini-farm, as I do from my fiber pursuits. And, when you have produce to process, you don't knit/spin nearly as much!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

A Slippery Slope

See this? It looks like an innocent, half finished sock, doesn't it? Well. It isn't. It is the first time I've started a second pair of socks without finishing the pair currently on the needles. Slippery slope I tell you.

I've always had a personal rule that I'd only knit one pair of socks at a time. Because I fear the Second Sock Syndrome. And I know how many things I can start and let linger or never finish.

But, I needed a plain stockinette sock to knit on Saturday for the car, the Microbrew thingy that Nate wanted to go to. So I cast on the Kaffe Fasset sock yarn. And, I must say, I like it. I hated it with a pattern. I love it with stockinette.

The other socks? Here they are, a Thuja pair for me, boot socks, hiking socks....

Oh, and the arch?

Cox Canyon Arch, hiked there on Sunday with the dogs and a couple of our friends. Ah, 3-day weekends. I wish we had them every week.