Honey cowl

  

Half way done with the Honey Cowl, one skein in one skein to go. 

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Garden goodness

   

This zucchini plant has blossoms on it. It is the one I bought from the store. The one I planted from seed has 3 leaves. 

  

A pretty good looking watermelon plant. I did plant that one from seed. 

  

Okra from seed. Not too shabby. 

One of the tomato plants. Bought it from the store. They all look good. 

    

So this is the end of the sunflower plant. Maybe the ants killed the fly. I’m not sure. They were climbing all over it. 

  

I put up some string wrapped around the fence so that the green beans had something to climb on. One of them already is taking to it. Yay. Now if only I can get the acorn squash plant to follow. 

 

Arrow Blanket

I finished knitting the blanket last night. I like it so much I want to keep it.

I wanted to do something with fair isle, but I realized half way through that I should’ve just used a double stitch over the white stockinette to get the arrows instead of doing fair isle. Although that wouldn’t have been so much fun and I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be done at all because to knit that much without a pattern is pretty boring.

I saw the arrow pattern on pinterest, and then I bought it on Etsy. It’s really a crosstitch pattern though. I just added some white space on the sides.

All that’s left for me to do is block it because the bottom edge likes to roll up. And then I’ll have to buy some white fabric to attach to the back so that the floats don’t get caught on anything.

Garden Fail

This is one of my tomato plants that may or may not survive. I planted at least 8 plants… twice. This is one of the leftovers. I don’t know if it will survive, but I’ll leave it just in case. I think I watered them too much possibly. Plus the lack of fertilizer probably has something to do with it. We bought some fertilizer and I think it’s helping. It has rained so much in the past month that the top of the soil is now green. My husband told me that I should turn the soil over, so I did. Hopefully it won’t rain so much anymore. This week we don’t have a huge chance of rain so that’s a welcome improvement for having three or four days of rain a week for two or three weeks. There’s still standing water in our backyard.

As a fail safe I bought some other tomato plants that were much more mature than seedlings. I bought an heirloom tomato plant (red with yellow streaks), cherry, roma, beefsteak, and another one I don’t exactly remember.

I saw this flower at the Garden center with a bee buzzing around it. I took that as a good sign and bought it in hopes that it would attract beneficial bugs to help with the garden pests.

A Knitted Dress

  

I used a simple seamless dress pattern from Ravelry to start this. I made one of these dresses for my daughter when she was younger (smaller) and it got to the point where the dress went to her mid-thigh, which was a bit short for me. So I decided to make her another one, and hand the earlier one down to her sister. I cannot tell you how much they wear these dresses. I think they might possibly be their favorite piece of clothing. I used some fair isle peeries and stripes with variegated yarn. It was too hard to use the variegated yarn with the solid yarn for fair isle patterns because I couldn’t see the pattern when the two yarns were the same color.

  

She had to lay her phone down on the ground to pose for the picture.

Patching Queen

  

My husband was fixing the garage door and his jeans got the raw end of the deal. He wanted me to fix them, so I put the iron on patches upside down below the rip. Then I ironed the top. I’m glad I didn’t try to iron the inside of the leg. 😆

Binge watching and knitting

I was going to watch the season finale of Once Upon A Time last night, but when it started I realized that I had missed something. Two episodes, in fact, so I went to Hulu and finished watching those. Then I watched the finale. I went to bed after 11 last night. I am shocked, happy for Regina, and excited for the new characters coming to the show. After all Merlin has got to be awesome and I can’t wait for their stories concerning King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. After all, you can’t have Merlin without Arthur. 

  I’m knitting this dress for my eldest daughter. The one I had knit before was coming to her mid – thigh, which is just too short. So it became a hand me down. This dress is improvised with a basic pattern and I’m inserting rows of fair isle with rows of variegated yarn. I tried to use fair isle on all the rows, but it is really difficult to keep track of where you’re at when the contrast yarn is the same color at some points as the background color, so I just scrapped the fair isle with the variegated yarn. 

Patches

  

I’ve had two pairs of jeans laying around waiting for me to mend them. I finally got around to it today.

      

In addition to ironing them on, I sewed the outside of the patch with contrasting thread, pink and bright blue, according to the choices of my daughters.

  

Who knew that a 4 year old girl would tear up her jeans so fast? I would expect this of boys, but geez, I have a little active one. 🙂 I used green thread on these.