Will it survive?

Remember how the garden looked a week or so ago?

See how tall and straight the corn is?   Do you see my heirloom tomato (behind the zucchini trellis) standing almost as tall as the corn?  Isn’t Wasn’t it lovely?

Earlier this week we had a storm come through and the next morning my garden looked like this:

The corn was down, that gorgeous tall tomato was bent in half where the metal cage came out of the ground in the winds and it was on the ground.  The tomato wasn’t a true concern, it was still green and showed now signs of damage other than being down instead of upright.  The corn, I’m not so sure of.  But being the stubborn determined person that I am, the youngest grand and I spent a bit of time weeding out from below the corn, standing every stalk upright and stringing it to help it stay upright until it would re-seat itself (if it would) in the hopes of still having corn this summer.

And it looked good!  But by the time I got out to take a picture, we had a gentle breeze blowing again.  Not a storm breeze, just a gentle breeze and the corn that was upright was now turned in the opposite direction and starting to try to lie down again:

Will it survive?

Will we get corn later this summer?

Neither of those questions can I answer, but I do know I won’t be spending a couple hours trying to stand it back up if it goes down again!  Although it probably did need the weeding done.  ;>)

On the Needles — June 15, 2012

I’ve got the same two projects on the needles this week as last, but I’ve made progress on both.

My socks are coming along nicely, I try not to hurry plain vanilla socks as they are my “mindless” knitting time.  Times like when the grandson is explaining things to me, or we’re watching a show together, or he’s swimming in the pool and I need something “mindless” to keep my hands busy.  I’m past the heel and working on the leg of the first sock now:

The only part of plain vanilla socks that isn’t mindless for me is turning the heel, I have to count every stitch of every row for that.  But the heel itself, being a slip stitch heel once again becomes mindless.  ;>)

The shawl is progressing beautifully, but I have to admit I don’t think it will be finished this coming week.  The lace, while keeping me fully alert and excited to see it progress, does take time.  And this shawl has a lot of lace!  So much lace that I am actually using a lifeline for the first time ever in my knitting.

The youngest grand and I spent some time talking while I skeined two bobbins of yarn I had previously spun onto the niddy noddy and then tied in preparation for washing.

The blue/grey/brown yarn I spun to make my DH a hat  for his winter travels north.  And as I bought two 4oz braids to spin, I probably have enough to make a hat, scarf and gloves!!!!  Although I suspect he’d only wear the hat.   The yellow/blue skein was spun because I fell in LOVE with the Bluebird colorway from Funhouse Fibers and had to have it!

‘Here’s a closeup of the Bluebird spun up that shows just exactly why I fell in love with those colors:


That’s what’s “on the needles” this week.  My goals for the upcoming week are to finish the Cottonwood Leaves lace pattern repeats on the lavendar shawl, finish the lavendar/blue/green yarn on the wheel, and complete the first of the socks for this pair of plain vanillas.  If I manage to get into the foot of the second sock that would be bonus as the garden is coming in and I’ve got several customer quilts to longarm this coming week as well.


On the Needles — June 9, 2012

On the Needles was conceived by Judy L as a way to share and motivate each other to find time to knit.  Especially during those summer months when everything outdoor seems to take up so much of daily life.  Having the garden this year and now the chickens, I could fully understand the need for motivation to make time and am happy to be a part of this.  Not motivation to knit, but motivation to SCHEDULE some knitting TIME into the days.  The plan is to post what’s “On the Needles” every Friday, with a link to Judy L’s blog where you will find other knitters, crocheters, and spinners posting links to their blogs about what’s on their needles.

Hey, it’s a perfect way to share our knitting!  And it’s start coincides perfectly with this years WWKIP!  That’s World Wide Knit in Public Day, which is not exactly a day but spreads for a week.  Details about that are HERE.

So what’s on my needles this sunny Friday morning?  Well, I had to frog the socks I showed you last week.  The color, while pretty, was pooling once I got into the main body of the sock.  I’ll find something to use that yarn on, just not socks based on 64 stitches (my magic # on size 0 needles).  And as I still needed a pair of Plain Vanilla socks for the June YOSS socks (for the Ravelry YOSS group)  I pulled out some Knit Picks Felici in the Rainbow colorway and got started again.

As you can see, I’m using one of my favorite books.  Although this particular pair is “Plain Vanilla” (i.e. no fancy stitches) I love this book because it is full of stitch patterns and heel and toe choices for all sections of socks and you can mix and match the patterns you want.  Kind of like a gazillion choices in one place if you have the imagination to play!

And as I’m a spinner too, I’ve always got something on the wheel.  This week, and for the last couple weeks as it is summer which is less spinning time, I’ve been spinning up this pretty yarn:

Isn’t it pretty!!!!!  Hey it’s the dyer that makes the colorway of the fiber pretty to make pretty yarn and I can honestly say I’m in love with this one!  The fiber is from Fiber Optic Yarns in the Emily colorway and it’s a 50% Superwash Merino/50% Tencel blend, which makes it super soft and super shiny.  I’ve got two 4 ounce braids of this particular colorway, here I’m about 3/4 of the way through the first braid spinning as fine as I can.  My plan is to spin both braids and then Navajo Ply them to get a fingering weight yarn with consistent coloring to eventually knit into a shawl.  Navajo Plying is one of my Ravelry TDF challenges that I’m doing, but more about the TDF when it actually starts.

That’s what’s “on my needles” this Friday morning, what’s on yours?  Want to play along?  Blog about what’s on your needles and head over to Judy L’s blog and add a link to your blog.  Hey, we all want to see what everyone is working on or we wouldn’t blog or read blogs!!!!!