Category Archives: Plants And Flowers

April Reading

April was a sad, sad month in the reading department. My lack of reading was really due to two factors: I had an extremely small amount of time, and I think I had gone a little overboard with non-fiction the previous months. The book I had barely started a few weeks ago, Body Toxic by Nena Baker, still sits untouched on my night stand. Its not that this book didn’t interest me, I just think I am not ready for a “here’s the truth” kind of book. Time for a break. The solution you ask? Charlaine Harris and the Sookie Stackhouse series. I ordered it on Amazon right before we left on our trip, and it was waiting for me this week. I finally dove in last night with the first book. I think I’ll be back into reading in a heartbeat….

April Books
1. A Gap In Nature: Discovering the World’s Extinct Animals, by Tim Flannery and Peter Schouten
2. Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell

I still have so much to catch up on! Here’s another snapshot of our recent camping trip –

Claret Cup Cactus

The Claret Cup Cactii were in bloom…. gorgeous reds all over the place provided lots and lots of picture taking opportunities. Have a great weekend!

Happy Labor Day

Wishing you all a fun and relaxing day….

Ver-mont

We spent a long weekend up in Vermont relaxing and hanging out with some wonderful friends. We had lots of fabulous food, beautiful weather and time to actually knit! I was hoping to have the first Spring Forward sock finished for today, but it will have to wait until tomorrow. All I have left to do is the toe – so, so close!

I waited and waited; hoping the peonies would bloom during our stay in Vermont. They didn’t – but the buds are just about as pretty too.

Flower Power

Hey look! Knitting! I got tired of the shawl and wanted to start something from Knitting Nature. I’m knitting the Turbulence U-Neck Pullover using Softwist (the same yarn as in the pattern) in a rich blue shade. This is such a quick knit in my mind since its on big needles (okay, call me psycho, but a US6 is big for me!). I have the back done and just started the front last night.

As you can see from the pictures, Kali apparently likes Knitting Nature too!


This past week, I’ve been a bit obsessed with flowers. I LOVE them. All of them. Here are some pictures I took while in Ireland of the flowers we came across. You’ll notice the fuschia and the lilies.. they were everywhere in the southwest!






 

Flower Power

Earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Hamatreya”

I’d rather have flowers on my table than diamonds on my neck. ~Emma Goldman

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a flower with the other. ~Chinese Proverb




How can you not be happy when you are knitting flowers?! I’ve been walking on sunshine (or is it knitting sunshine?) the past few days knitting these. I wanted to keep this project a secret, because there is really no thrill in seeing a droopy unfelted, crappy looking flower. But the finished product is amazing. The first one I did isn’t that great, but once you get the hang of it, they are super easy! So, now I can tell you my plans for these flowers… My goal is to make a large bouquet of about 12 flowers and send them to someone really special for their birthday. I am going to make some red tulips, calla lillies, and iris’s as well, and see how I like them all together. If I am not happy with that, I might just go back and make a few more of these daffodils and just send calla lillies and daffodils. Either way, plan on seeing a few more bouquets in the near future.

And of course, for the project details… I found these patterns in my LYS. The patterns are from Pick Up Sticks and are extremely easy (though they look intimidating at first because the pattern is super, super detailed). I used size 10 DPN’s and Cascade 220 in various shades that I had leftover from other projects (that is the size needle and the yarn they recommend). I have to say, I love Cascade 220 and have used it on a few other projects. The color selection is phenomenal and it felts very easily. The only changes I made were some of the finishing techniques.

So, that’s it for today folks! I have a few skeins of Gryffindor yarn in the works and have yet to knit up a swatch of the one skein that IS dry. I also wanted to have some more fun with my leftover green and purple dye and so I made an all striped version of the Grapevine colorway. Oh okay, you can’t wait to see it… Here is the one skein I have wound up already!

I am super happy with how the colors came out on this one. Like most of the other yarns I’ve dyed, this colorway is for sale too. I’ll post a swatch tomorrow so we can all see how it knits up. But if you are really interested in purchasing this, please email me. I was planning on selling some on ebay, but I am also willing to take specific orders for any colorway you’ve seen on this blog so far. I’ll also take personal requests too :) Have a great Friday night everyone…