Hello Spring

May 30th, 2013

I just couldn’t resist this lovely little pattern by Quince & Co — even though I can’t sell their patterns and I don’t think I’ve knit anything that I don’t sell in years and years.

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Doesn’t it just say “Spring?” In fact, I had started another sweater, but just barely, and then saw this one and switched (pulling out a couple inches of knitting!).

I love how knitting is a year-round hobby now. It used to be so hard to find pretty patterns and lovely yarns that weren’t terribly bulky. Aren’t we lucky?

Happy knitting!

Crazy Awesome

May 6th, 2013

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The weather around here must be breaking records of some sort. It’s like Oregon summer (which is pretty short and never — as long as I can remember — starts in May). We got a garden plot this year at the community garden and it needs a lot of work but with weather like this, that’s ok. My oldest daughter loves to garden, so she comes out to “help,” generally babying the peas for a few minutes and then zipping off to construct a fairy house or look for magic in the nearby woods.

This is my third go-around with community gardens and my experiences have all been good. But this garden is by far the most beautiful.

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It’s tucked away in between the Audobon Society, very lucky private property owners and Forest Park which means it’s ringed by enormous trees, making it feel a bit enchanted. If you’re a gardener, after reading that last sentence, you’re probably either thinking: how do you keep the wildlife out of your lettuce patch? Or: do you get any sun at all? Both good questions! I don’t know the answer to the first question yet, although I have asked around and no one seems to have much to say about rabbits or deer, so that’s good I guess. But I can say that we do in fact get sun on our little plot—lucky for us we were assigned one in the middle where the sun has no trouble arching over the treetops.

I’ve been itching to plant my tomatoes, which I’m sure would be no problem in places like Ohio and Georgia, but here it’s really too early unless this insanely amazing weather holds. Which I really can’t imagine happening.(Usually summer starts sometime after the fourth of July, which explains why this school let the kids out for a day of “beautiful weather!”) But I hear it should stick around through the week, which means I’ll get absolutely no sewing done until then.

Oh well, gotta make hay while the sun shines, right?

Happy crafting!