So who knows how old this news will be by the time I hit “publish”!
I have not been doing anything new or dramatic, but I do feel like small amounts of consistent attention is resulting in progress that shows.
In the yard, I have the back bed all ready to settle in and await some fall and spring planting. I want to put in some sweet peas next spring to offer a bit of shade on the porch, and some oriental poppies for their amazing color. And I think I still want a dwarf lilac in this bed, but I don’t think I want to move the one I have, which means I should get another one, right?
In front, I have been working on it a bit at a time, and I worked last night until I ran out of mulch. Tonight I will get another ten bags, which MIGHT be enough for what is left. Not sure I have enough newspaper, but I can always buy a few weekend papers, right? I have figured out what I want in this bed, but it might not get it this year. I want some delphiniums, daylilies of different colors, hollyhocks near the porch, and maybe some oriental poppies. I am not sure how I will do this, as in where to put the things that go dormant so the garden doesn’t look awful when they go by… maybe just have the day lilies interspersed among everything? The hollyhocks I can grow from seed, the rest I will purchase plants, so it might take a few years before I have everything I need.
The pile of dirt still looms, even though I have taken many wagon loads of it to other places. Need to get it all used up and covered before that darned crabgrass takes it over and makes it impossible to move.
It might mean that I actually work on the far future plan of turning this
into a garden space. My plan was to cut it way back this fall, cover with heavy plastic or really thick paper, and mulch, and let it sit for a LONG time – like maybe a year. I don’t trust blackberries and sweet ferns to not come right back. So maybe I will put this soil down under the paper and mulch before I cover it up. It can’t hurt, and it will get the mountain out of the front of the house. Of course, it will be a lot of work… seems like a fall job. Which means actually weeding the pile of dirt this summer. Ye gods.
In the house things are moving along. I spin at least a little, and often a lot, every day.
I aim to be ready to ply my second set of bobbins for the big spin no later than Saturday, and when I do that, I will be more than 1/3 of the way through this project. I thought I would be farther along by now, but I am not, and so what? It won’t go bad. I just have to persevere and it will happen. Then I can knit myself a sweater with this lovely stuff. That keeps me spinning away. It helps that each bobbin is so different from the others. I think if I was doing this much of all one colorway, it would be hard to stay interested.
Knitting – I decided that doing a little on all my projects was not working for the part of me that likes to see things complete, so I am focusing on one thing at a time.
First up is the handspun vest, I think I mentioned it in an earlier post. Even though some days I might only do a row, I try to more than that, and so I am quite close to done. I have a couple more inches up to the shoulders, then it is finished! I am thinking this will be done this weekend, since I will take it to Whorls and Purls on Saturday.
Once the vest is done, I will attack the Moon and Sky shawl, as I want to wear it and I want to cast on my next shawl. In fact, I want to cast on two of them, but I only let myself do one at a time. This rule does not keep me from swatching for and planning for the shawl after that, just doesn’t let me cast it on. So I will be swatching and planning soon, lol.
The blue striped socks also come along. I finished up the first sock (except the heel) on Saturday, and cast on the second sock this week.
Not much lunch time knitting this week, so progress is slow. But I have until the end of August to finish this pair, and still stay on track for the year. I don’t see a problem with that.
The pool has been a godsend this week, it is so hot and muggy!
I have a funny little after work routine now – when I get home, I change into my bathing suit, add sneakers and a hat, do as much gardening as I can stand, water the garden, rinse myself off, shed sneakers and hop in the pool. Luckily, it hasn’t been buggy! I am glad neighbors can’t see this crazy lady gardening in her swimsuit, lol.
That means I don’t get in the house to think about knitting or spinning or supper until close to seven , which is not normal for me! I like to be settled in and knitting or spinning by then, not just wondering what is for supper. 🙂 But summer is a short season, and I am motivated to do this yard work, so as long as I am motivated, I will do this routine. I hope it pays off with a pretty garden next summer!
A has had a busy several weeks now, with no let up in sight. This week she actually is away overnight for two nights, which makes everything feel sort of off for both of us. I will be glad when she gets home! Maybe she will remind me to come in the house sooner so I am not up so late at night knitting and spinning. 🙂
Here’s a pretty daylily I didn’t remember I had, I thought the tall ones were all orange!