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Rainy Day Wrapups

Today’s a real washout, weather-wise. But it gave me a chance to get closure on a few recently almost-finished objects.

Mittens from May

Turns out that one skein of Schoppel Edition 3 came up just short, so I had to get creative with finishing the thumbs. 🙂

Also a cowl and the leftovers hat in my old standby pattern


I wasn’t sure about the leftovers hat while it was in progress, but now I’m quite a taken with it. Might try to do some more random color pairings. It’s kind of a fun way to work.

And reclaimed some yarn from a long abandoned item to knit up a hat that I’ll felt down Softs blues and pinks held together with natural gray and white. Should be thick and cushy after a spin through the washer and dryer.
and with other cap for pre-felt size comparison

So now I’ve got a clean slate, knitting wise.

Here’s hoping it keeps raining tomorrow and we get a bit of reprieve from fireworks craziness.

The Arrival of Summer

has sent us all running for shade!

It’s supposed to cool off a bit in the coming days so, we haven’t put the shade cloth over the hoophouse yet, but have a fan going in there to keep it tolerable for my veggie friends.

Beans seem to have gotten settled in their pots and are starting to reach upwards

“Third try” carrots are germinated and on their way

I’m really excited to see the eggplants coming along- just took off their milk jug protectors, and though they are nice and stocky, I’m thinking they might need staking before long (about 15″ tall now)

Tomatoes are coming along as well- but check out this tomatillo plant-

I’ve never grown them before, so didn’t know what to expect. He’s fast becoming a tree!

And this morning, while the area was still shaded, I hauled out some compost to top dress the the potatoes and squash

There is something so satisfying about harvesting and feeding homecooked compost back to the garden

Many thanks to the chickens and sheep that provide a continuous supply of ingredients.

And speaking of sheep, wanted to give a shoutout to Daphne, whose fleece this year is turning out to be a lot of fun to work with. Spinning it up on Moto (notes to self- singles at 3.2, chain plied at 2.8) into a soft and squishy chunky three-ply

I can’t seem to focus on planning a new knitting project, I’m back to my old standby hat pattern- this time in a vivid array of scrap yarns. Trying to just let it flow.

Two-handed colorwork has a way of easing my mind.

Garden Update

Running a little behind this year, due to cool and rainy weather, but we’re moving ahead armed with slug bait and plant protectors.

Since I got liftoff on the beans this past week, I had to decide how/where I was going to grow them. I don’t really have poles for the pole beans, so I decided to grow them in pots in the hoophouse and trellis them up.

Trying something new with pots this year- using waste wool in the bottom of for fertilizer/drainage.

So the beans are launched. Here’s hoping they like the spot I’ve chosen for them.

The tomatillo plant seems to be in it’s happy place-

Other scenes from the hoophouse-

Big tomatoes (planted out mid-May)

smaller maters (planted out just a week or so ago)

(with jalapeños and sheepnose pimento peppers still standing by in pots)

Eggplants

Blot peppers

Okra

Borage

some volunteer dill that I’ve been nurturing

and a gimpy chicken doing her physical therapy

Have a good week folks! 🙂