Monthly Archives: May 2013

We Have A Mystery

Let me qualify that. We have a mystery plant in our yard. It all started the first summer we were here.  A twig next to one of the cedar trees produced leaves. No one knew exactly what it was so we all just watered it and let it grow. Each year, it has returned and each year, it is larger.

This year, it’s about three feet tall and I want to know what it is.

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If it is what I’m beginning to think it is, I’m not disappointed. Any input?

Oh, you want to know what I think it might be? Well, after having consulted on a couple of different websites, I’m beginning to think it’s a Catalpa. Where it came from, I have no idea! Quite literally, when we moved in here, it was a stick in the ground that was, perhaps, about 12″ tall.

Any thoughts?

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I Have an FO!

Finally, I have a finished object! It’s a little thing but it IS a finished object. That counts, right? This is the Jewelled X that I posted about last week. It’s a quick knit, very simple yet very satisfying and I love how it turned out.

jewelled x3Basically, it is nothing but a loop of stocking stitch with a beaded, lacy X that can be worn in different ways, much like the infinity scarves that are everywhere these days.

jewelled x2Here it is looped twice around my everlasting sweet pea trellis (which are growing like crazy!). The weather’s a little warm for a scarf these days but I can see it becoming part of my wardrobe in the fall.

In the meantime, I went on the hunt for another simple, semi-mindless project and found one. I went back to my own bookshelves and found, or shall I say re-found, the book “Knitting New Scarves” by Lynne Barr. I’d started one of the scarves before (New Wave), just to try it, but this time I’ve decided to make it… for real.

new wave 1It’s a fun little scarf, quite narrow, so it will be more of an accent piece than a keep-you-warm scarf. The yarn is Fleece Artist Blue Face Leicester DK and the scarf is knit on 4.5 and 6.0 mm needles. Yes, two different sizes. In actuality, the scarf is a double-knit. The thing that makes it wavy is that one side is knit on the smaller needles while the other is knit on the larger needles and contains two extra rows. After 5 rows, the stitches are combined and the sides switch. Does that make any sense at all?

There’s just enough concentration required to keep the knitting interesting.

 

 

 

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A Sure Sign of Spring

I don’t often talk about the weather. Around here, you never know what you’re going to get. In the last couple of weeks, we’ve had temperatures hovering around 30ºC and down to almost freezing. May in the Okanagan is a month of uncertainty when it comes to the weather. Even June can be temperamental; June last year was dubbed June-uary because it was so cold.

Nonetheless, you know it’s spring, no matter what the weather does, when the Armstrong asparagus puts in an appearance at our local markets. We eagerly await its arrival.

asparagusIt’s here! That means spring has truly arrived, as far as I’m concerned. I’ve been having fun playing with this lovely vegetable. We’ve already had it in mini quiches, we’ve had it steamed with a lovely oregano lemon aioli (mayonnaise), and roasted with a drizzle of oil, salt and pepper. I even save the ends to make cream of asparagus soup (not the woodiest bits but the part that would normally be wasted).

And, surprise, surprise, I’ve been knitting! When it involves Malabrigo lace weight and beads, you know it’s going to be something squishy, soft, and a little bit glittery.

jewelled xThis is the Jewelled X scarf, a free pattern by knittimo (Sachiko Uemura), available through Ravelry. The colours in the picture do not do it justice at all! The yarn is a variegated green and the beads are green glass beads lined with silver. The scarf is actually a loop scarf with the two ends grafted together. Because it’s all stocking stitch, it will curl a bit but I think it will be okay after blocking. I’m loving the fact that it’s almost mindless knitting. The beaded section required a bit of concentration but the rest is plain old stocking stitch.

Apart from working on this little scarf and a pair of boring black socks for John, there’s really been very little knitting going on but it does feel good to play with yarn again.

 

 

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Gardens and Prayers

It has been an eventful couple of weeks, which is why there wasn’t much in the way of blogging. Last week, we had company and I find that when we have company, normal routines take a back seat. Now, however, it’s back to the normal routines of spring.

Yard clean up and gardening has been the main activity around here. The Walla Walla onions are planted and thriving; the garlic is quite high now and the  lettuce and basil are starting to grow in the back door garden. As well, in the front flower bed, the tulips are finishing and the white irises are in full bloom!

garden 120513John has some cherry tomato,  jalapeno pepper, and cantaloupe seeds in starter pots and had beans and carrots planted. Yes, gardening season is in full swing around here and I must say that it feels good to see things growing and thriving. The past couple of weeks it’s been absolutely gorgeous, hot and sunny with temperatures hovering around 30ºC (mid 80’s F) so you can well imagine why the garden has been doing so well.

However, it’s cooling down today, with the threat of rain. That’s ok, with all the sunshine we’ve been having, we need some rain, too.

It isn’t often that I post about family matters on my blog but this week I’m going to. If you pray, I would ask you to pray for my nephew. He is a public health nurse in Los Angeles, is married, has 5 children under the age of 10. He was recently diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and is currently undergoing chemotherapy there. He seems to be responding well to the treatment but he and his family can use all the prayer support he can get.

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