Nath Knits

and should probably be doing something else.


Not-knitting catch up

I’ve been receiving requests to see the new floor.  Here it is, in an empty room (with a strangely sad looking Vorlon):

Here it is, with new furniture:

Ok, not the best picture, and it doesn’t put the floor to best advantage, but you get the idea.

The jury’s still out on the furniture.  It’s super comfy, but I think it’s a little large for the space.  That could just be the fact that it was very spartan in there for over a month, so this is a big contrast.  We still need to paint.  That should be an adventure.  My dad (Thanks, Dad!) helped me paint the red accent wall.  Three coats of a colour that was fairly close to the colour that was already there, and still I think it needs another coat.  Crazy.  The rest will be done in nice, light colours, so hopefully two coats will do.

The garden, you ask?  The squirrels are really enjoying it.  Or it could be the bunnies.  Or both. Anyway, my beans are pathetic, my carrot tops are all down to little nubs, and the radishes all had claw marks in them (I ate them anyway).

That’s the bed with the squash, beans and corn.  (There’s some garlic you can see in the lower right corner).  Something’s eating holes in the beans.  The corn is also getting nibbled on and the squash would probably be getting nibbled on too, if it had actually germinated.  Even the sweet peas are all holey and weird.  Not the best crop this year, I’m afraid.

See?  Lots of nice bushy radishes (a week later, they were decimated) near the top.  There are some carrots there, trust me.  And one of the fennel plants got eaten up.  I think I’m just going to throw a bunch of annual flowers in there for this year and call it a day.  However:

Those are my tomatoes and basil.  They seem to be doing well.  They’re getting lots of sun, and either the critters haven’t found them yet, or tomatoes are just not that interesting until the fruit is out.  They’re not EarthTainers as I had originally intended (I mentioned those a few posts back).  I wasn’t able to find all the parts I needed, so I just drilled holes in the bottom of the Rubbermaid bins for drainage and treated them like regular containers.  I have Sun Gold cherry tomatoes, and some kind of Delicious tomato.  I’m looking forward to my crop.  It’s all I have left!

Also of note: The saskatoons are slowly ripening.  And the smell of the Mock Orange next to my front door makes me happy every time I go by. Ecogrrl is back in town!  Zebula did a fine job at her end of year piano recital (as did all the other students), and Vorlon is finished with Preschool.  There are four days of grade 1 left for Zebula and the weather is finally gorgeous.  Happy summer solstice!


Knitting catch-up

After my last post, Dr. Thingo mentioned something he’d read in one of the blogs he subscribes to.  The author claims there are three kinds of blog posts. The “Hello!  This is my blog!” post, the “Sorry I haven’t posted in a while” post, and pictures of the blogger’s cat.  My last post was the second type, apparently.  This one too.

I haven’t really been all that productive with the knitting.  It seems like I’ve been working on socks forever.  I finally stabilized the neckline of the No-Gap Wrap (there’s a picture here.  Scroll down a little).  I didn’t manage to take any pictures of myself in it that didn’t suck.  The neckline, though it was great when I first put the sweater on that morning, continued to grow throughout the day.  I’m hoping that washing it helped that.  Though last time I washed it, I hung it up outside, and then it poured rain, so it’s all stretched out of proportion.  I have to re-block it.  Then we’ll see if that neck stretching was permanent.

Aside:  Is Environment Canada having its summer interns make the weather predictions lately??  Sheesh!  That day that I hung the load of laundry I was talking about, the prediction was for a sunny day around 20 degrees with no mention of rain.  Turns out it poured for over three hours.  The whole week was out of whack like that.

I worked on a great project for Spinrite.  Some socks:

They look like tasty desserts all lined up like that.  I really enjoyed working on these, mostly because there was no way to tell from looking at the ball what the striping was going to look like.  Excuse me while I indulge in lots and lots of unnecessary pictures:

Would you have been able to guess how they were going to turn out??  If only I could remember what the yarn was.

I had started making a sock from the sock blank I dyed for myself with the kids last fall.  I really don’t like the way it knits up very much.  Plus, the pattern I was using totally didn’t work, so I’m going to unravel it.  And I would have taken a picture of it to show you, but I am embarrassed to say I don’t remember where I put it and couldn’t find it in the usual places, which is a good indicator of the way things are looking around here.  I’m thinking of making them into this.  They may still be kind of ugly, but the pattern looks really interesting to work up.

I’ve also been working exclusively on some gift socks for the past two weeks:

(Those are representatives of two different pairs, of course.  I’m not that mean.)  The yarn is Meilenweit Mega Boots.  I love the long colour changes.  Plain sock pattern.  And at 9 st/in, they’re a bit of a slog to work through.  And I’m not very good at knitting exclusively on one project at a time, so of course I’m seeing all kinds of patterns I’d rather be starting.  But I’m almost done (one pair done and almost half of another).

Oh, and this:

Isn’t it hideous?  It’s too bad, because the pattern is kind of neat. It’s the Cushion Conglomeration Caper, by Ashforth/Plummer.  It’s all garter stitch geometrical shapes based on one square (you can see it in the upper left).  You start by making that square, using whatever yarn you want, and then using the number of stitches you get on the diagonal of that square as your basis, you make the rest of the shapes.  The yarn is this assortment of stuff left over from a zillion previous projects, or just random stash, cut up into approximately 1 metre lengths for another long-abandoned project.  It might yet become a cushion and live downstairs where hardly anybody will ever see it.  Or a doll blanket for Zebula.  Or I’ll make it bigger, felt it a little, and donate it to a pet shelter for them to use as a doggie blanket.   Something.

And that’s it.  I feel something big coming on next.  Like this (for me).  Or maybe this (for Zebula.  I don’t know that I would look very good in this kind of thing.).  Or this (for… Somebody.  I probably can’t pull this off either, but, pretty!)

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How’d that happen?  I blinked, and suddenly more than three weeks have gone by.

Highlights (non-knitting):  New floor, Vorlon turns four, two (count ’em!) visits from my parents, one from Dr. Thingo’s parents, moving of furniture, and a most excellent weekend away with some fabulous ladies.

Highlights (knitting):  Completely finished the No Gap Wrap by crocheting around the neckline to stabilize (no photos yet) and sample socks for Spinrite, started an ugly cushion cover, an ugly pair of socks, and a not ugly pair of socks.

Highlights (garden): planted corn, beans and squash, and a few have sprouted.  Squirrels have eaten most of the carrot tops, herbs doing nicely.

I’ve given up on posting the garden photos, but if you really want, you can see the progression on my Flickr account here.

Details and photos about some of the above items to come later.  I will post more regularly from now on, I promise!