Almost back

Knitting hard on the Fine Sand cardigan all week got me back to the point of dividing the sleeves from the body last night. Yeah!

Thankfully still loving this project!

On other knitting fronts, I spent Saturday afternoon at Whorls and Purls making this

A paper bag full of brown yarn balls! Why, you might ask?

Well, years ago, Mom bought this yarn, and a few years after that, I knit her a cardigan from it, which she loved. Then she lost a ton of weight and the sweater no longer fit her at all. She was very sad about that, so I offered to rip it out and reknit it on her size. The ripping out took three hours! So this will be my next sweater project. Luckily the pattern was my old standby top down cardi, I can knit those in my sleep almost!

Here are a couple of progress shots of other things I am working on. Spinning is progressing slowly because I knit the sweater so monogamously, but the second bobbin is done.

And the second sock is moving along more quickly now that I am around the heel.

I didn’t just knit this weekend, I also did a small amount of gardening. Very small! I planted carrot and lettuce in among the garlic, in the hopes of fooling the resident wild bunny. I suspected he survived the winter because my tulips were leveled, and we had confirmation of that with a sighting yesterday.

I also planted some cosmos and zinnias in various places, if they grow, we will finally have some color around the place!

And we had two meals so far with our own asparagus! I think there will be a few more this week. I planted 5 plants about 4 or 5 years ago, having no idea what the yield would be. That is enough for us to enjoy in season, but not enough to put any by for the rest of the year. If I ever get another good spot for it, I will put in a whole lot more. I really love it picked fresh for dinner!

Other than that, my limited time out in bright sunshine was spent continuing to fish debris from the pool. I am trying to figure out how to reach the middle without getting into it. Even with the long handled rake, I can’t reach the middle. So I scoop what I can reach, and stir it all up so the filter can do its job, and progress is as slow as every other year. Sigh.

This week is looking reasonably normal. One late day meeting that I can’t knit through, but otherwise a normal work week, I think.

Next weekend we are off to Pennsylvania to see niece C the younger graduate from college! Seems like she was just born! It will be good to see her and her sister B, whom we haven’t seen since a year ago when she graduated and returned home to Pennsylvania. I miss the days when these girls would come have nice long visits with us in the summer. But I guess grown up kids have to work and want to be with their friends, not their two old aunts. Such is life.

Well, let me leave you with two shots of other parts of my world.

The ugly curtains were proclaimed to be perfect and wonderful, and they do the job of cutting glare on the computer screen.

The quince in the front yard started blooming in the nick of time, just as the first hummingbird arrived.

Hope you had a good weekend and that your week ahead is better than you expect!

39 thoughts on “Almost back”

  1. I don’t think those curtains are ugly at all. They really brighten up the room and do the job keeping the sun out.

    1. thank you!

      I didn’t get close ups of them, but the fabric toward the wall is just typeface, the names of lots (but not all) the states – and it isn’t printed on the straight of grain, so it looks like I was drunk when I sewed them together. πŸ™‚ The fabric toward the center of the window is fine, it has all Route 66 motifs in colors that aren’t my favorites, but the recipient LOVES a road trip, and traveled for work for so many years, she fell in love with the fabric. I thought I was to make two roman shades, one for window and one for skylight, so only got 2 yards of each. Years later when it came time to make them, she decided she wanted more traditional curtains, and we didn’t have the width for it with either piece, so I got to get creative to make it work. Meanwhile we also painted the room pale pink with deep raspberry trim, so this red and brown themed fabric to my eye should have been donated to Good Will, but it isn’t my office!

  2. A well productive weekend!
    I’ve spent mine looking at some possible projects for a pile of wool I bought and for the summer of making (I think that’s the name) by the Fringe Association – I have the hope to take part, although I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep up… have a nice week

    1. Ahh, the summer of basics! I think about it every year, but don’t feel I can commit to 4 completed pieces! If she would do a winter of basics, I might be more inclined. But Summer has too many distractions.

      1. I think I’ll just give it a go (maybe). Not good at commitments, but even if I don’t finish there’s no penalty and it’s just for enjoyment, isn’t it?

    1. lol Thank you. But as I wrote in another comment, the fabric is not printed on the grain, and it is typeface, so they look completely crooked. And they don’t match the room. But it isn’t my office, so I sewed them and ironed them and hung them and she is happy. πŸ™‚

  3. You’re getting a lot done! SO nice of you to remake that sweater for your mother and I love the curtain fabric! The flowering quince might be the prettiest pink I’ve ever seen.

  4. Looks like you have been really busy! So many lovely projects – my favorite is your planting of asparagus! I thought it is rather difficult to grow them! Assuming now that it is not, I might give it a try myself πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful week

    1. It isn’t hard, as long as you pay attention to what they like – they are heavy feeders and they don’t like their roots disturbed, so put them where you mean them to be, and keep them well- weeded. And be patient, you have to give them several years to get settled before you can eat them up. πŸ™‚

    1. I imagine a field of it is labor intensive! I have a 2 x 6 bed that is in a box that is almost three feet tall and filled with good soil. I can easily keep it watered and weeded. The plant is so pretty after if is past the eating stage, I am in love with it is all phases of it’s life. πŸ™‚

  5. You have been busy! One of the best things about hand knits is the ability to remake with the same yarn.
    The curtains are cute. I’m looking for some “travel” themed fabric to make a cover/carrying bag for our GPS. That looks like a fun print.
    The quince is beautiful!

    1. thank you! Yes, the ability to rework things is very nice. It just takes patience, right?

      This fabric WOULD be good for that – I have some scraps, how much do you need? I can send you a bit.

        1. Patti, I do have enough of the state name one, and some not quite big enough of the Route 66 print. If you send me your name and mailing address at salpal1 at eartlink dot net I will gladly send it off to you. 😍

  6. I’m glad you had a productive weekend; I was a bit in the weeds but am pulling through that now. I like the curtains. If you had extra left over, they’d make an awesome skirt!

    1. They would make a GREAT bias cut skirt! Wish I had thought of it instead of curtains. πŸ™‚

      Hope you are out of the weeds and in open water now – spring is really here, there is so much to do!

  7. You are so brave to have taken apart that sweater to reknit it in your mom’s new size. Three hours of unraveling! You’re a saint. Your other sweater is coming along fast. I like the yarn colors. Is A a fan of Rte 66? Has she ever travelled what is left of it? The curtains are awesomely retro.

    1. Actually, it was pretty easy to get apart, as it is a top down raglan, there were only sleeve seams to unpick. and the yarn is a nice and durable Briggs and Little, so it could take the abuse. Now we will see when I get around to making her a replacement… πŸ™‚

      I don’t think A has ever been on any of it intentionally – that is much more my speed than hers. But she has heard of it and been to many of the towns along the way. She spent many years traveling the country doing training for a software company. She loves a road trip, she just thinks they should all be on super highways at 75 MPH. πŸ™‚

  8. I’m so excited that you can finally work in your yard and have some nice weather! You are the best daughter ever to reknit Marty’s sweater – you rock. Glad you had such a wonderful and productive weekend. I have to agree with you that the curtains are seriously ugly, but they’re well made and A is happy, so SUCCESS! πŸ˜‚

    1. lol thanks, I knew you would understand about the curtains. And A is happy, so I can claim success but I much prefer the pretty floral roman shades I made for the craft room. πŸ™‚ Mom will get her sweater but not for a while. Other things are in the queue ahead of her. But she will have it by next winter, I am sure of that, barring unforeseen knitting incidents.

  9. Awesome knitting, I love the socks. That colour just pops!! Enjoy the garden, and thank you for sharing the lovely quince blossoms with us. Are they just stunning or what. Such a beautiful colour. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks! The socks are a different color for me, but I really liked the yarn – it felt Christmassy without being gaudy with it. I will ear them more often than I originally thought.

      Loving the garden this year, it is the section that we worked so hard on last summer, so happy to see the work pay off!

      1. Sounds just perfect. πŸ™‚
        And enjoy the garden. This time (Spring on your side) of the year is always a bonus. So much happening in the garden and new discoveries each day. Enjoy it and make the most of it. πŸ™‚ xx

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