Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Rainy Day Update

The shawl is on hold for now while I order some other yarn. I'll be able to decide what to use when I have the choices in front of me. I know I'll be able to use up any extra yarn I end up with! In the meantime, I'm working on finishing some wip's and have also started a pair of mittens using Rowan Kid Classic.

Thanks to She Knits by the Seashore, I am now fixated on yarns from Australia! Check out the links in this post. And you probably know what a magazine junky I am, well she pointed out two I'd never seen before, so I'm going to have to order a couple issues of those as well!!

I'm having a little less time for knitting as my garden is in the height of Weed Season! I was actually out in the rain this morning hoeing rows. I got the beans, peppers, zukes, cukes and some flowers hoed. If it ever stops raining and dries up a bit, my husband will run the tiller along the pathways, so I don't have to weed those by hand. I set up a little fence along the cukes, so they can climb if they are so inclined.

The flower gardens are looking a little bedraggled in the rain and a couple of holly hock stems (they are 7 feet tall!) have broken off in the wind, but for the most part things should perk up when the sun comes out. I'm letting a lot of plants go to seed rather than cutting them back so I can collect the seeds and add to the gardens next year. So far, I've been able to harvest a lot of Knautia. There should be a lot more very soon.

I've had some extra privet shrubs growing in a row in the veggie garden for awhile as I wasn't sure what to do with them. I finally had an idea for them yesterday! I am going to move them to the end of the mini-orchard and plant them in a row. As they grow and thicken, I will cut an archway thru them!! I think it's going to be so pretty and it will be an architectural element for the garden. I'm not as hoity-toity as that sounds ;-). I'd love to have some old stone ruins like you see in English gardens, but no such history here, so I'll have to make my own in hedge form! It should look interesting in winter as well. So, wish me luck with all the digging and replanting! If only I could get the dogs to dig where I want the holes...

I have also been busy picking and shelling peas over the past few days. I've been getting a plastic grocery bag full each day. Shelling all those peas tends to stain my thumbs green, so I end up literally having a 'green thumb'!

My husband and I watched "Failure to Launch" last night and enjoyed it--especially the scene with the yellow labrador!

And, if you also love yellow labs, check out 2paws for lots of dogs pics and stories. I just found that blog yesterday and enjoyed it.

Well, I'm off to knit now!


Debby said...

At the risk of being greedy with the comment space here, there are so many things in your post I want to respond to!!! First, it was so nice of you to mention my post, and I do hope you like the Australian things I mentioned. I tried to fix some of the links this morning, but I'm not sure if they're working yet. I just find Australian knitting things interesting for themselves because we don't get to see many things from there here in the U.S., like we do from the U.K...they also have the Swallow casein needles which I haven't tried, but are supposed to be good for your wrists.

Now I have to ask you if you live on a farm, because from your descriptions of your gardens it seems like that. If so, you are a lucky woman! I love farms. I love your idea of the stone walls (I live in CT and we have the walls on 2 sides of the backyard -- it does look English and I totally enjoy it when the moonlight comes slanting through the trees at night, sort of an on-the-moors thing). The privet is going to be incredible (don't you love the photos in the English Garden magazines (BBC Gardening!!!!) with those archways!

Lastly, I'm glad you mentioned Failure to Launch. I want to see that too but the reviews I read weren't so great. Guess we'll give it a chance!

Apologies to your other commenters for taking up so much space. My email is adamsdebraATsbcglobalDOTcom if you want to contact me by email.

Melissa said...

I think I commented, but I don't know what happened to it.
Anyway, thanks for visiting my blog! You rock!
I can't wait to see pics of your WIPs and your garden. The lack of rain finally killed most of our garden.

knittin'_kitten said...

All three attempts at sending you email bounced or came back with a delay warning. Please send me a test email to knitting-kitten AT hotmail DOT com so I can send you an email using the 'reply' button.

2paw said...

Dear Sarah, We have finally had rain - at last- and Harki and Peri are all wet today. Peri wants to sit on you when she is wet!!! Poor Harki has FlippyFloppy Ear and she had to go to see Dr Tim today!!!
We don't have many local knitting magazines. I love YARN and I have just ordered the new Knitscene. I will be checking out your favourites!!!