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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

May Marigolds

Each flower is a soul opening out to nature.
~ Gerald De Nerval
I believe these are my coolest socks this year. My favorite yarn designer, Qutecowgirl, has done it again. I think she hit the colors dead on perfect. These socks were fun to knit. I found the pattern, Bricker, over at Knitspot, designed by Anne Hanson.
This is an interesting....press. I got it at a garage sale for $1. It is copywritten 1987. I have never seen anything like it. Won't it be cute to make raviloi with at Valentne's Day? Or filled cookies for a loved one?

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday Moments

As I get older, I prefer to knit.
Tracey Ullman
I received Christmas in the mail. Qutecowgirl has been dyeing more fingering yarn and this time it was difficult to chose. I left a few if you are interested, but move quickly as I am reconsidering. These yarns are merino/silk blends. I have never knitted with silk before so this will be a brand new experience. Sunflower is on the right, Drama is on the left. They are really quite lovely. These are merino/nylon blends that will make them washable. Her yarns knit up wonderfully, slide well on the needles and don't split. The one on the right, Fall, is my all time favorite of all the yarns I have bought from her. The other, Night Sky, almost has a storm brewing kind of look.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sunday Moments

Your first job is to prepare the soil. The best tool for this is your neighbor's garden tiller. If your neighbor does not own a garden tiller, suggest that he buy one.
Dave Barry

My neighbor does not own one, but he doesn't garden either. I had a tremendous day yesterday. My friend Penny and I went to the greenhouse in the town where she lives. Boy, did I find a haul. I thanked the owner and told the man how lucky I felt that he had Perpetuo Basil again.....He had it last year and hoping, hoping hoping, that is why I made the trip again this year. He told me he only sold a few plants last year (to me) and considered not growing any this year (I will need to buy more!). I came away with Perpetuo, Opal and Cinnmon Basils, as well as thymes and a pelargonium, chocolate and lemon mints and various sages. The ornamental grass that used to be in this front yard has found a new home in Penny's yard.

From there, we picked up her brother and lunched in Sioux City with her family. I have a little secret....I love to play poker. We stopped at a casino on the way home. As a rule, I do not gamble, my money comes too hard and there are always other more important things....like wonderful wools, to spend my money on. Well, I came away as the big winner. I played for a half hour and walked away a quarter richer!! Penny gifted me with the Space Needle charm she found at an estate sale we went to on Friday. I am originally from Washington State. She and I turned it into a row marker.

The leaf I harvested from my Mother's plant is now blooming, does anyone recognize it? I would sure love to know the name. Is it a Primrose?

Have a blessed week and thanks for stopping by.