I’ll start with the finished objects. I am amazed at how many there really are! Two shawls – Leftie, just finished today – still on the needles here, as yet unblocked, but already well loved. This is the yarn I dyed myself. Lots left, I am thinking about a sweater….
And Indian Feathers, which I finished a while ago, but just got photos of. It is pouring rain, so they are inside shots. The close up is pretty accurate, color-wise. The beads are there, but as I mentioned before, too small for the pattern.
Another Indian feathers – this one, 1/3 the size of the original. Also, larger beads, and more of them. Still unblocked, but I think it will be big enough to be a small cowl. I think I will wind up adding buttons to it.
The trapper cowl – I am pleased with how it came out – very warm and cozy. I think it is a Christmas present, but I might keep it. Or just make another one….
That’s the lot of finished items – I’ll have socks done for you this week I think. And maybe cast on another shawl. Or a sweater. Or both? Who knows?
Next up the yard. This is for you, Kepanie. I know I have confused you all with my endless pool project – here’s how it works (and why it is endless!)
Here’s the area the pool will be in eventually:
So, I need to clear a circle, 20 feet across, and make sure it has no rocks, is just sand. Here’s how I do that.
I dig down into the rocky sand about a shovel’s depth (which often takes several tries to get, because it is rocky!) and put it into the sieve on the wheelbarrow.
Then, using a rock (it took wearing out the fingers of several pairs of gloves to think of using a rock, not my hand) I sift the sand from the rocks.
When I am done, I am left with a wheelbarrow full of sand and a sieve full of rocks.
I dump the rocks in the other wagon, and the sand on the cleared ground, to later be spread and leveled.
Then, I take the wagon of rocks over to the place where I am putting in the path. Dump them, shovel out some sand if need be (about every other load of rocks, I need to excavate some more sand, but it is easy digging – no rocks!) and take that back over to the pool area.
All of my work is supervised by Zumba, who just doesn’t get it. Lots of people don’t get it. But When I have a pool to swim in, I will be a very happy person. Luckily, it hasn’t really gotten hot yet, so I am not worried that I am missing prime swimming weather. 🙂
Here are some other shots of the crazy place I call a yard.
The wygelia is in bloom – it did not mind being under 5 feet of snow this winter! Well, perhaps it did – it is a funny shape this year. 🙂 But it is blooming like mad.
Here is the lupine by the driveway, spreading nicely to fill in the space between driveway and woods.
Here is a shot of that deck I love so much except in the midst of a snowy winter. It is sunny all morning, then has increasing shade in the afternoon – a lovely spot to eat dinner.
Speaking of winter – remember this shot?
Yeah, I know, I try not to, too.
Here it is now –
The raised beds are coming along – these photos are already a couple of weeks old, I forgot to take some yesterday.
Tomatoes and yellow squash, with some marigolds. Tomatoes have blossoms on them now!
Strawberries, which I ignored this season, are producing the most they ever have. I will dig out a lot of them this fall, though, they take up too much real estate for the amount they produce (we have had three so far. 🙂 )
Radishes, carrots, peas, lettuce and pumpkins. Radishes are up, but not getting round. Peas are up and looking ready to bud, but not growing tall because a deer keeps trimming them. Carrots are up, but not very well. I will likely reseed them when the radishes are done. Lettuce not up at all, I’ll reseed that as well. Pumpkins are up and growing.
Sister-in-law L’s garden – cilantro, beans, carrots, all seem to be happy! As are the volunteer morning glories. It looks nice and lush in her square. 🙂
So that is it off the camera. It piles up quickly!
This week is going to be a fun one – first off – Friday is a holiday! So only 4 days of work. I like that… Tuesday I have my very first ever spinning lesson! I am going to learn how to spin on a drop spindle, and hope that I love it and that a spindle will keep me happy for many years, because I have seen the price of wheels. Yikes. Can’t wait to share with you what happens when I try spinning. 🙂
Sister in law L’s son D and his wife A are back in the USA after two years in Madagascar. They will be around this week, and we will be so excited to see them, and get to know A better. I am hoping for good weather all week so I can continue to make progress on that sandy project, but if it rains, I can sit and spin and knit. And think about how happy I am this week with SCOTUS. And how pleased I am at how YOUNG my favorite justices are. They will be on that court for a long time to come.
So that is what I am up to at this moment. All exciting, I know!