Thursday, June 22, 2006

Sock it to Me!

Behold...my first sock ever. I cannot believe that I am knitting socks. Why? Because these are such thin needles and such thin yarn. Who knew I could actually handle this? I was inspired by the knit/hike along called Trek Along with Me sponsered by Margene and Norma. What a cool idea, getting us knitters outside to hike. I don't need an excuse to hike, though, I needed an excuse to knit socks! I am surprised that I am enjoying knitting socks as much as I am!

This is Trekking XXL sock yarn in Colorway 100. I love it because it reminds me of the canyons in the southwest that I have hiked and loved. And is this a cool yarn holder or what! The skein of yarn fit in perfectly! They come in different sizes, this being the smallest. It really keeps the yarn contained and clean and when I do go out on the trail, this is very important. The trails here are dry and dusty this time of the year. I'm planning on a hike pretty soon but thought I'd share this inside photo to get the colors as close as possible to the real deal. I can't wait to post a finished sock! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Happy Father's Day

I am honoring this man today.

He is a great father and a wonderful husband. He loves basketball and can answer almost every sports trivia question complete with a story, if you have the time. He loves the sea, has written poems about it, most especially bathing in its waters. He is a water sign and evokes all the traits of a true Aquarian although he doesn't really believe in Astrology as a science. I am amazed at his knowledge of computers...he has taught me all that I know of them, though I am as right-brained as they come and resistent as hell...he has a gift with teaching, being patient and clear. I wish all my teachers had been as capable as he is. He is a huge jazz music fan and has had his own radio show on the local community radio station for almost 23 years. I am still amazed at his knowledge of this genre of music. Though jazz is his main music love, he loves all music, as we both do and it would not be strange for anyone to hear tracks by Miles Davis followed by Brian Wilson or Quicksilver Messenger Service in our house.

This man and I have been together almost 38 years. We went to Woodstock together. We birthed 2 children together. We have been on may road trips, bought and sold many houses and a number of cars. He self started two businesses, both successful and during very difficult times. At one point we sold a house and a business, took a year off with two young children, lived by the sea and taught ourselves to carve signs. We did a lot of biking back then; up and down the boardwalk, many miles along the sea.

He always gave in to my wishes, gypsy that I am and I found his groundedness the first real stability I have ever known. We now live on a piece of land that we both love, though it is more work than we can manage, but he has never complained. His heart is grateful and bears no judgements. We are eachothers safe place to land.

So today I honor this man. I will make him a pineapple upside down cake and a roast chicken with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. I am so lucky to share my life with him.

Happy Father's Day, sweetheart. Posted by Picasa

Friday, June 09, 2006

The Garden, the Jasmine and the Rose

After much work by tractors, dump trucks, hands and heart, I have a garden. The tractor pulled out the spearmint which had taken over (nasty stuff...watch where you put mint...it will jump over containers and plant itself everywhere) and broke up the winter ground. The dump truck delivered some compost and the hands and heart did everything else. I am not an organized gardener. No real thought as to where things SHOULD go, they just go where I put them. My cousin Maudia and I inherited tomato bingeing from our mothers. We always plant way too many tomatoes. But we don't care. We grew up with the philosophy that you can NEVER have too many tomatoes. A good philosophy. But I did manage to sneak in some peppers, eggplant (a Japanese variety this year), squash (I only like the winter squash varieties), some sugar baby watermelons, herbs and flowers. Oh...I just planted some cinderella pumpkin seeds and wax beans. I still have some room for more but haven't been inspired by anything. Got any suggestions?
This jasmine really took off this year. It's gorgeous! And oh the smell...luxurious. I had it caged so that the deer wouldn't disturb it while it was still young. They don't touch it now and you can't see the cage. They don't like the smell I guess.















Here is the Fourth of July rose this year. I am amazed at this rose. Every year it puts on a fabulous show and continues to do so all summer. I do cut off spent blooms but I have never fussed over it. It's a climbing rose and I have had to extend the fencing so that the deer won't eat it. It has grown up into the Chinese Pear tree you see just behind it. I may do some trimming this fall just to keep it under control. Thank you 4th of July rose, for the inspiration of giving. Posted by Picasa

Behold! A Finished Sweater!

I actually can't believe that I have finished a sweater. Mind you, a very easy one and sleeveless. And the yarn was very forgiving. And it cost less than 10 bucks. And the yarn was very forgiving. Though easy to knit (1 x1 rib for lots of stretch) it was difficult to photograph the color. It's really fuschia.

It also fits...now how did that happen? And quite comfortable.

Specifics:

Tutu yarn from ModaDea. I got mine at Michael's on sale for a little over 2 bucks a skein. It only took a little over 4 and I'm a big girl. They might still have some if you have a Michael's in your neighborhood.

Pattern...I was given the pattern by a woman on the cruise ship back in February. It was one of the little "tear offs" that you find hanging up near the yarns...free.

It would take a normal knitter a very short time to knit this. I knitted this off and on and in between a couple of other projects, so it took me a while. Knitting ADD.

Now on to the other projects...coming soon to my neighborhood. Posted by Picasa