It's been a while since I wrote a hello to you all who peruse this blog. I really love this form of communication in which one can wave a hello to people that one has met and enjoy spending time with in various parts of the country and social circles. And that you all can check in on at your leisure, and don't feel obliged to write back as e-mail works. Too many of my e-mails and letters start, "Sorry to have not replied in so long..."
Anyhow, the summer has been good. The goal was to get a plan for the direction our yard is going to go-- my mother visted in May and brought with a stack of garden books. Visiting the MN Arboretum and going on long walks in the neighborhood helped form an idea of what might work for our patch of weeds.
The veggie garden (most of it bought at the Friend's annual Plant Sale at the MN fair grounds) did well despite the heat and dryness at the beginning of the growing season. I did a grand experiment with several different kinds of heirloom tomatoes. I can highly recommend the Siberian and Omar's Lebonese. The first is a nice pasta/ salsa tomato, plum shaped and good flavor, not overwhelming. The Omar's Lebonese is a big hearty tomato with wonderful flavor brought out with balsamic vineger.
The Principe Borghese (roma style) are ok but small and bland for a canning/drying tomato. The Moskovitch is ok, but tended towards blossom end rot and cracking. Mr. Stripey is pretty good too. Then there's the brown cherry tomato from the Longfellow area Community Garden sale that has a really interesting sweet but not too sugary.
The Dinosaur kale did wonderfully. We have had more than our fill of greens in various dishes this summer. The basil and cilantro did very well too. Next year I hope we can build another raised bed and do cucumbers and peas.
Knitting! I think I'm in the swing of things knitting wise, pattern reading is easier, and I can figure out better how to make small changes to garments to make them fit me. I've got a stack of things I want to knit badly that will take me through next year I'm sure to make headway on.
Priority at this point is:
- Whisper Cardigan from Spring Interweave in Cascade Heritage sock yarn (moss green) (after ripping out half of it for resizing to the small) I'm half way to the 2nd sleeve and then the picking up for the ribbing to finish).
- Nonpareil from the Berroco booklet #288 in the scrumptious Donegal Tweed from Tahki Yarns. Slubby yummy tweedy wool.
- Stephen West's Daybreak shawl in two tones of Schoppel Wolle Zauberball. This may be my new obsession.
- several pairs of Maine Morning Mittens in Merisoft worsted merino from Clara Parks' wonderful Knitter's Book of Yarns
- Another eyelet hat from this fall's Vogue Knitting. Top down construction. The 2nd one will be slouchier as it is supposed to be.
- Finishing the Snow Devil Hat from Dominitrix now that I found the errata for how to pick up the sides of the hat. Knitting this with Dream in Color Classy held doubled in Vino Veritas. I'd like to do a 2nd one in a super bulky yarn as it's designed to be knit.
- Finish the sleeves and collar on the 2nd Knitting Pure and Simple Little Girl's Shrug before a certain someone's birthday
And then! oh goodness, learn to do Intarsia with a vergy geeky Warcraft Horde design for a felted bag. Then sit down and learn Fair Isle knitting with the flower mitten design from Piecework magazine.
Somewhere in there I'm scheduling myself to work full time on the house (cleaning the basement to prep for sealing the cement floor -- cleaning the upstairs to sand and prime and paint one of the bedrooms that is a dark blue currently and very dark in winter, and before it gets really cold -- prep and remove the lead paint frmo the window sills and trim boards on the poorch and bedrooms. I've been researching this for a few months now).