Thursday, June 30, 2016

Return of the bun

Is it the last day of June? Can anyone tell me where exactly June went? And how it went so fast...

At any rate, the end of June has apparently brought on...
... bunny season.

After Rocky died, the bunnies seemed to disappear.  I know it's silly, but I like to think that maybe they were mourning the loss like I was.

But this week, they started making an appearance again. The other day, there were two of them chasing each other around the yard, and Rupert was keeping an eye on the from the door.
It's nice to see them again, but at the same time, it makes me a little sad.
Of course, it's hard to be sad for long when you catch sight of that fluffy white bum...
Welcome back, Mr. Bun!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Questions and flowers

More questions from KathyB and more blooms from my garden
Where do you keep your favorite old patterns?
I try to keep them in binders, organized by garment type (ie socks, cardigan, etc) but I'm terrible at keeping up with my organization, so most are just stacked in random piles around the house at the moment.

When was the last time you got to bottle feed a baby?
Oh geez... I'm not big on babies (unless they have fur...). So I'm not one to get all excited and involved when their a baby around. I'm guessing probably when Paisley was a baby... so 12 or so years ago.

What knitting will you pick up and enjoy today?

I'll probably be working on my silk cardi. The silk is so nice to work with.

Can you do a flip turn?
Nope. I'm not a great swimmer to begin with. though I love being in the water.

You just won a raffle. Craftsy online class? Independent yarn dyers sock yarn? Mystery yarny gifts in a wrapped box? 
Let's go with the mystery box. Mystery is always fun!

You can photograph anything perfectly and show us on your blog tomorrow. What will it be?
That's easy... the butterflies in my yard. I've seen lots of White Cabbages, a few Red Admirals, and even a Swallowtail... but I haven't been able to get any on film. They are too fast!

Name something you only drink in summer
Lemonade. I like to slice up lemons and limes to put in it too!

You are give a new skill. Do you choose
a) talk to the animals
b) talk to the dead
c)talk on the radio and have your own show for a night

That's easy... talk to the animals! Of course, I already do.. but it would be nice if they could talk back.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


 Apparently Little Miss Rowan found this little stray... and well... I'd like to introduce you to...

...Princess Poubelle-a Johnson
 Or Bella for short. She's my new niece and the newest member of the Johnson family.
She's made herself right at home in everyone's hearts. Even Mr. Zappa.

Welcome little baby... you've suckered the right family!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Just a little silk...

The hot and humid weather has struck again, putting my garden project on hold for a day or two. So instead of melting in the hot sun outside, I stayed indoors and knit...

Oh don't worry, I didn't do anything sensible like cast on for Dave's birthday sock. Or even work on one of the other projects already on the go.... heck no... I cast on for another project! In fact, I cast on for two! (But I'll save the second for another post)
This little wisp is the beginning of Kawaru.
 I'm using Willow Street Silk. I bought it at the Woodstock Fleece Festival several years ago. It's been languishing in the stash ever since. I also don't have a basic white cardigan... which really is a staple. And if you can have a basic white cardigan in silk... even better!

I only have two skeins of it, so I'm going to have to make some mods - but thanks to top-down and seamless - that's easy to do!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Bloom, bloom, bloom

No knitting to show still ...but there's plenty of garden distractions (which is actually why there's no knitting. I'm in the middle of an exciting project, so stay tuned.)

The pink Delphnium bloomed
 It's a very pale pink and the flowers are much more delicate than my blue one - but they are pretty. Once it fills out in a year or so I think it's going to be quite spectacular

The first orange Lily has bloomed
Over the next several weeks, they will provide a nice pop of colour at the front of the house. There's about double the blooms as we had last year, so the show should go on for a while

For the moment, the only thing in bloom in the side garden is the Speedwell
It droops a little in the heat, but those droopy pink spikes make me smile every time.

Also making me smile is this little blue guy
 ... and his several friends. These guys are popping up, all around the lilac and butterfly bush... a little gift from the birds... and all the seed they spilled over the winter.

I'm hoping my Bee Balm will bloom soon
The leaves have gone a little twisty at the top, and I'm hoping they will open to reveal buds. I think I bought red Bee Balm, but I can't remember.

I wasn't sure if I'd see flowers on the Red Black Eyed Susan this year..

But it looks like I will. The yellow replacement one I bought is budding too. So there will be flowers all the way into fall.

In the mean time...
The daisies are putting on quire the show...

What's blooming in your garden.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Memorial meows

It's been a rough season for the Johnson family and their pets. Last week,  my brother and his family lost their beloved Mr. Chu unexpectedly.

He was several years younger than Rocky, so as you can imagine it was quite a shock and the girls were pretty upset. My brother is in the process of rebuilding the backyard, and has built them a little memorial garden.

I wanted to do something special for them, and I already had plans for a little memorial of my own. You see, on the morning I got home from the vet after saying good-bye to Rocky, I opened my email to find this picture...
Sam's Mom has sent it to me, not yet knowing about Rocky. But it couldn't have come at a better time. You all know how much Rocky loved to be in the garden, and what better way to honour him than making one just for him.

As soon as the garden centres opened this spring, I bought up the pots and got a special plant .
Rocky loved the roses, so I got a beautiful little mini rose for him. And finally last weekend, I got painting
I mimicked his markings the best I could and he now has a permanent place in the yard.
And of course, I made one of Mr. Chu for the girls. Rowan is going to find a special plant for him and I'll deliver him the next time we get together.
But for now, he can keep Rocky company.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday felines

I agree Peno... it's been one of those weeks...