Knitting, spinning, pets, food and other thoughts


A charm …

of hummingbirds—or at least that’s what I found when I searched for “group of hummingbirds.”  I’ve never seen as many (somewhere over a dozen at 1 point) as were swirling around the feeders this morning.

We’ve had a very dry summer, and there aren’t many flowers right now. These are a couple of volunteers that came up along the edge of the garden, plus a very unwelcome hornworm that was working on the tomato and pepper plants.


Tomato hornworm.



No-longer-stealth knitting!

Now that the Vogue Knitting Fall issue is online, I can finally share what was previously a stealth project 🙂 It’s #18 Lace Cardi & Cowl(click on The Art of Lace, it’s the first one). I’m SO pleased with their photo!

Front view (with cowl).

Front view without cowl.

Pattern stitch detail.

I came home from Wisconsin with a lot of produce in the cooler, including a bag of cucumbers from my friend’s very productive garden. It was way more than we could eat fresh, so it was a case of when life (or a good friend) gives you cucumbers, make pickles. With the addition of about 4 good-sized onions, we’ve now got Bread & Butter pickles for the forseeable future- yum!

Pre-pickles (sliced cucumbers, onions + salt).

Bread & Butter Pickles.


Catching up …

or at least trying to! It was great to see everyone, and lots of great ideas were flying around at Knitting Camp.

Knitting Camp: Meg Swansen.

Just before I left, I got some plants into the ground, fortunately set up with a soaker hose, because there’s been very little rain here. As you can see from the before and after photos, they’ve made a lot of progress, but I got them in so late, we’ll probably need a very late frost to get anything from the peppers and tomatoes. The 2 chard plants at the edge should be a little more hardy if the rabbits just leave them alone!

Taken 7/24.

Taken 8/11.

At least we’ve got a few yellow pear tomatoes and peppers (probably hot – I planted sweet and hot ones, but no longer sure which are which) in the planters 😉