Three times was not a charm. Turning the heel for the second time on this sock, and getting through the gusset before realizing that 1) I didn’t do enough decreases for the gusset, 2) The yarn was beginning to pool, and 3) I was not happy with how the pattern was coming out all made me realize that I need to rip this sock for a 3rd time. I have picked out a stitch pattern from Knitting on the Edge, called the maypole ridge or something like that, to try again this time. I will be sitting down with my calculator at some point today (I hope!) to work out the details so that I can knit the sock and then its mate. Here is a picture of the sock in its current state (as of yet unripped):
As I mentioned in my last post, Tuscany is done! Here is a picture of it blocking.
I don’t have any others, yet. I love it! I did one less repeat than called for in the pattern because 1) I am 4’11” and 2) I was ready to have it be done so I could move on to L3’s birthday sweater (of which I have more than 1/2 of the back done at this point, yippie!). The Handmaiden SeaSilk was beautiful, though slippery, and I’m very happy I ended up working with it (got it for a deal on ebay!).
Though I said I had finished the Weekend Getaway Satchel, I wasn’t completely accurate in that statement. I had felted it and it is now sewn together (what a challenge for Lady Kenmore that was!) and the hex top is waiting to be stitched in. Then I have to sewn on the straps, make a masonite bottom for it (and cover that with fabric), then install the feet. The thing is huge! I will definitely be able to pack clothes in it for a trip, maybe Martha’s Vineyard. It will be perfect for weekend trips, too. 🙂 Pictures when it is truly finished, maybe next week, maybe this weekend, depending on life.
Finally, here are some pictures of our garden from this past weekend. I love spending time out there. It’s my peaceful place. Please ignore the long grass all around the beds. We are still trying to figure out the best way to deal with it. I’d like it gone, but that didn’t happen this year. Maybe next spring or this fall… Anyway, the first picture is of the cucumber bed. The cucumbers are actually quite small still, but the trellis is up and waiting for them to climb it. There is also black-seeded simpson lettuce growing in the bed (it’s wonderful, will grow again!) as well as some corn, dill, cilantro, and borage (self-seeded itself from last year). The second picture is of the broccoli bed. It is doing well and also in that bed are some peppers, some more borage, nasturdium (self-seeded from last year), a grape tomato, and a black cherry tomato. The third shot is of the pea bed in the forefront and you can see the cucumber and broccoli beds in the background. In the pea bed are snow and snap peas as well as celery and some peppers.
We also have two tomato beds with various other things growing in them (leeks, basil, lettuce, brussel sprouts, etc) and a melon bed (honeydew and sugarbaby water melon) with some tomatoes and arugula in it, and some more nasturdium. There are also two raspberry beds (to the left of the cucumber bed), 1 strawberry bed (alpines, yummm) and one misc bed with a Loganberry plant, some extra tomatoes that I couldn’t bring myself to compost, and some tomatilla seeds growing. Then we have a bed with zuccini and some more peppers, and a last bed with sorrel (regrowing from last year), bird gourds (for projects, not to eat), lettuce and carrots. Oh, what a harvest we’ll (hopefully!) have this year.
In closing, some things to ponder from Waldon:
However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. . . You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poor house. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man’s abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do no see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts as in a palace. . . Things do not change; we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. . . Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only. Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul.
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