Saturday, May 31, 2008

Knitting Content

I feel like I am knitting quite a bit but I think I am doing more frogging so there isn't much to show for it.

My son loved the book "Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe" and there is something about carrying a towel on May 25 in honor of the author Douglas Adams. I knit this towel for him for towel day. A pretty mindless knit but has a sad number of mistakes that I just wasn't willing to spend time fixing. Taking the time to fix them seemed to go against the words I was forming right before my eyes.
I am STILL working on the Mystic Light shawl but am almost done with clue one. We won't speak of the fact the KAL is officially over and there are 5 clues.
Doing a little baby knitting and some items I hope to sell at an art show next weekend. I have not taken pictures yet. I had better get that done in case they do sell.
We have been fortunate that the worst of the storms have missed us. We did have to replace the AC and that was probably due to lightening. We have also had to replace a water heater and computer and now the wash machine is on the fritz. I thought problems like this only came in threes. We are one over and I am ready to be done with repairs.
Off to do some Saturday things and think about some lunch. Till next time.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Still More Iris

I can't help it! I have enjoyed my iris bed sooooo much this year. As of today the winds and rain have pretty much beat what are left to death. But as you can see here last weekend they were just beautiful.
The first picture is with a flash after sunset. It totally distorts the color but I like the effect.

This one is very true to color and I love the contrast between the two shades of purple. Check out the center of the dark iris. It almost looked animal like.

I only had two stems of this color but it is probably my favorite. Or maybe that dark purple. I'm not sure. This stem was completely gone before the second one bloomed and it was immediately broken over by a storm. The same storm we took a lightening strike from. So far the AC is the only thing affected. We hope.
I have been doing a little knitting but need to take pictures to share.
Until next time. Stay safe if you too are in the path of night after night of turbulent weather.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

More blooms

Look what I found Sunday morning. These were still tight buds at 9:30 on Saturday night but beautiful full blooms by 8:00 a.m. I wish I had looked out front earlier.


Saturday, May 17, 2008


There is something sad yet pretty about this poor, spent tulip. It was a brilliant red just a few days ago and now it looks more like a dried pepper. Today was almost hot and being out in the sun with my camera and the bugs and the flowers was just wonderful. It will take some time for me thaw out from this past winter.


And just across the yard is this bloom so full of promise. After having no iris last year due to a late freeze I am enjoying my flowers all the more this year. The purples have bloomed first but the yellows and reds are not far behind. I think there will be white as well. I had to move many of the iris coming up on three years ago so this is the first good season since the move.

A few other iris photos for your viewing pleasure.

One summer I was wandering through a garden department and found these little people. They reminded me of my own two at the time. They have been in the garden every summer since and my two are 18 and 21.
I hope you have enjoyed the beginning of the iris tour. I can't wait for more colors to bloom.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Signs of Spring and Knitting


Another dishcloth. The ballband pattern finally makes sense. I had knit one before and I think I fought the pattern the entire time. I just couldn't "see" the rhythm of it. Maybe that is because it was a ball game knitting project and I could never really concentrate on what I was doing. This one went quickly and was quite fun. I love the texture and colors of this one. I hope its recipient is enjoying it.



This little guy came to visit for a couple of days. I'm not sure how long he was sitting on the rail before we noticed him but for the two plus days we watched he didn't appear to ever move. He didn't seem bothered by me or the camera either.



My favorite place to knit outdoors. Depending on the time of day I am in shade or sun. The picture is facing east so it is a beautiful spot in the mornings and shady and calm in the evenings. The knitting is my Mystic Light. Yes I am still on clue #1. It is knitting up beautifully but I can't do it when there are distractions around. I have tried and it was not pretty. I do not like frogging or tinking if I can avoid it. So, I only knit when the world will leave me alone long enough to get a pattern row done. There have been so many other KAL's I would like to sign up for but that is silly with how slow this one is going.





These are my knitting/gardening companions. Two were not present for this photo session but were not very far away. They never are. If I'm outside they are close at hand to help with anything I might need. There is actually four generations in this photo. Mama is checking out the bird feeder that was blown down during the storm the night before. Notice all the leaves blown up against the house? The trees took a beating. On with the lineage account. Next is Baby Mama who is the black one posing in the foreground. Third generation is Baby dressed in white and standing. Last but not least is Lady. The long hair shunning the camera. Don't you like my original names? When Mama and her two babies were dumped on us we didn't expect them to live long because we have coyotes, fox, etc. and cats just don't usually survive. Mama survived and one of the original babies stops in occasionally. Three generations later I finally started naming them because they obviously were going to live with me awhile. Before that Mama, Baby Mama and Baby seemed just fine.


This should be a photo op weekend. I have a baby shower for the daughter of one of my best friends to attend. She is my sons age. Is it possible someone my son's age can be having a baby. Oh ya, they are adults. When did that happen?

My daughter will be home for part of the weekend and of course it will be Mother's Day tomorrow. We plan to all get together for a meal, probably out since my sister and I don't really like to cook either and then if the weather is good off to a lovely garden to see the iris blooming. My camera batteries are charged and waiting. Hummmmm, doesn't sound like much knitting.

Happy Mother's Day to all.