Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The beginning of the end

While the days may be hot and muggy, I know autumn is creeping up on us. Not by the calendar (September is only a week away!), but by the Sedum.
In a week or two it will be in full bloom.
And while my blackberry harvest was bust, I'm going to have a bumper crop of autumn raspberries. It's looking like there will be even more than we had in the summer crop.
My tomato harvest remains pitiful. We had about six yellow pear tomatoes and these two grape tomatoes. I think next year, I'll stick to my cherry tomatoes. They never dissapoint.
The bumblers have been out in full force, gathering up whatever pollen they can before the cold weather sets in.
They love the Foxglove too, which is blooming quite nicely.

While I don't generally like to rush summer, this one has been so hot and uncomfortable the last two months, that I have to say it - I'm really looking forward to fall!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Questions, answers and all that jazz

I have been knitting, but its all boring old garter stitch, so I've nothing interesting to show.
So here's some answer to KathyB's questions instead:

1- Have you ever won an award? 

As kids we entered the local fairs every year (baking and crafting), so I racked up quite a few ribbons. In school, I was rather studious so I got quite a few – notable ones include the Women’s Institute Speech Writing first prize (my speech was about the Lynx) in Grade 6; 
the French Award at “Graduation” in Grade 8 (this one wasn’t really due to me being exceptional, just that we’d moved across school board lines, and the board we’d moved into was a year behind the one I came from – so really, I’d already done all the work; and Grade 12 (high school graduation), I won the Art award.

2- Do you like the baby blanket below? 

Not bad, though I’m not keen on the colours, and all that garter stitch would probably make me a little buggy. KathyB said it reminds her of Charlie Brown’s shirt…. But for that you need this. :)

3- What's your favorite gauge to knit in?

I tend to prefer a fingering weight. Though every once in a while, a chunky is nice for instant gratification.

4- Where was the best cup of coffee you ever enjoyed?

I don’t drink coffee. BLECH! Every once in a while, I’ll have an ice cappuccino from Tim Hortons, but I get annoyed  when they go too heavy on the coffee part.

5- Do you have a favorite family recipe that has been passed down for a few generations?

Our chocolate chip cookie recipe. I don’t even have the actual recipe any more. Mom taught it to us when we were kids (it was one of the things that got us ribbons at the fair), and I’ve made it so many times, that I don’t actually use measurements anymore. I just dump stuff in until I get the right consistency. Dave thinks its magic (though he prefers our peanut butter cookie recipe, which has been around just as long.)

6- Did you know you can have a conversation in the message section of Facebook with someone out of the country?

Yep. I use messenger with selected friends, though none are out of  the country at the moment.

7- Is it harder to send the kids to kindergarten or college?

I don’t have kids, though I imagine it’s hard for both. Of course, college probably isn’t as bad when they are going to one close to home like I did. Though when I moved out a couple of years later, apparently Mom did have a bit of a cry on the drive home (and I was only 15 minutes away.)

8- I think pattern are so much better written now than years ago.  Do you?

I think it depends on the pattern. I’ve come across some indie patterns which were terribly written, though I guess the majority are better – I don’t often see vague things like “Reverse shaping on opposite side” any more. They usually spell it out.

9- Ravelry really changed our craft and our communication. Do you have an old pattern that a family member passed down to you? 
I have several old pattern books (most are from Patons) from the '40s and '50s. I found they were fantastic for learning basic things like plain mitts and baby booties.
 Mom has quite a few old books in her library and I imagine they will be mine one day.

10- When is the last time you traveled with your pet in a car?

Bringing Rupert home from the shelter two months ago. He was very quiet. That’s one thing I’ve learned about him. When he’s upset, he doesn’t make a peep. When he’s content, he doesn’t shut up!

Monday, August 22, 2016

FO: Handspun cardi

I know I already did an FO post for this one (you can read the details here), but Mom and I were finally able to do a proper photoshoot for this one.
We stopped at our favourite fish n' chips place, which has a lovely little park by a fast flowing river  - the perfect spot for some photos.  
I love everything about this cardigan.
I love the colour and how the handspun stripes.
I love the fit.
I love how it goes with almost all my dresses. Wearing this one again made me extra sad that the Alley Cat one is too small...
 But I suppose I can always knit another.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Little 'Bella

It's been a while since I've showed you the girls' cat, Miss Poubelle-a. But when we took the girls home, I got a chance to play with her and do a little photoshoot.
She loves the camera and happily poses. And she's got huge eyes for such a little cat!
She's made herself right at home and is now best buds with Zappa
Who's just as handsome as ever
But he doesn't like the camera as much as little Bella
though she's got quite the little playful streak, too.
It's just too bad I can't bring her home with. She'd make an excellent companion for Mr. Ru.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

On the road again

As you read this, Mom and I are likely on the long road north, returning the monsters to their monster cave.

In the meantime, I thought I'd share a little project Miss Pee worked on while she was visiting. The local fair is coming up soon, and she wanted to make a quilt to enter. So with the guidance of Mom, she cut and pieced all her squares
Sewed them together for the top
And then put it together with the back and got to machine quilting
And look at that quilting...
Not a pucker in sight! Only 1/3 my age and already a better quilter than I am.... I've really got to up my game!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Felines

You asked for her.... you got her...
"I will play with him. I will eat beside him. I will even let him sleep with me. But let's get one thing straight. This is MY curl. MINE! If I catch him in it... he's one dead kitten."

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Garden treasures

A few treasures from the garden this week:
The Foxglove, despite being pretty broken when I bought it, has bounced back and is performing beautifully now. 
It's sent up several new bloom stems, so I should have flowers right into fall.
Without Tux around, the catnip has flourished. It's blooming again too - such tiny little flowers. I had to cut it back because it was taking over the gardens.
The roses are all doing really well, but Chicago Peace is really showing off this year. Most of the flowers are a light peachy-pink, but the other day I came out to this vibrant beauty.
The surprise sunflowers are doing really well. Half the height of the fence now.
The Butterfly bush has started to bloom. It's not doing as well as last year, but at least it's blooming. I'm hoping it will bounce back next spring.

And while I lost most of the blackberries to a fungus...  I got a few, and they are ripening nicely.
 Another Anemone has bloomed - and this confirms it - I got some sort of weird double-blooming version. I'm not complaining - it's beautiful - just not what was advertised on the package.

Have you ever planted something that turned out different than what you were expecting?