Posted in Current Projects, Gardening

The garden grows and the knitting goes.

After some contemplation, I’ve decided to not continue to upload my garden photos to my TypePad album.  I already upload them to Flickr and the quality doesn’t seem as good when I upload them to my TypePad album.  That said, I’ve uploaded a bunch of pictures to Flickr of the garden today.

My favorite of the bunch are these ones:

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Hungarian hot peppers

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Cucumber

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Tomatoes

I wanted to get photos of the garden yesterday, but the sun didn’t want to cooperate with me.  I managed a good set of photos today, though.  I can hardly believe how fast everything is growing!  I have THREE cucumbers growing now, along with three tomatoes that have been growing for about two weeks now.  There’s a lot more flowers sprouting up on the cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers.  The Hungarian hot peppers have a third pepper growing now.  The bell peppers still haven’t flowered, but when I grew bell peppers before, they were the last to fruit, so I’m not too worried.  Over all, everything is doing pretty well.  I think the bugs are pretty much gone.  I still see a few here and there, but nothing that I’m overly worried with anymore.

As for knitting, I’ve been working on that SoS ’08 pattern that I talked about in my last post.  I turned the heel, completed the heel flap, and started on the leg.  I tried it on and I’m just not happy with it.  The pattern makes the sock twist, which is all well and good because I figured it would even out once I had the heel done.  Yeah, not so much.  Still twisty.  It’s also a little tight on my foot and hard to keep straight, so I think I’m going to be frogging it.  I’m wasn’t really sure about the pattern with the yarn that I was using anyhow.  It’s for the best in the end.  Still stinks that I’m nearly done with the sock and I am frogging it.  Ah, well.  It’s better to have socks that I’m going to wear.  I do love the yarn and really enjoy working with it, so I’m sure I’ll find a pattern that works better with it.

I’ve started a new sock, since it is Summer of Socks now.  I tried to do Mokey’s toe-up, magic loop style, but the 2.5 mm needle wasn’t working with the yarn.  The sock was coming out too big for me, so I frogged the toe I’d done and started it top-down on 2.25 mm DPN’s.  I’m doing picot edging, which is a first for me!  I like the fabric the 2.25 mm needles are making much better than what I was getting with the 2.5 mm needles.

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I’m off to go visit with family for a while.  Hopefully I can get some knitting time in there somewhere!

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I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

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