Friday, July 18, 2014

How my garden grows

I’ve been meaning to post about my garden. I haven’t had the time until now to sit down and write a post. I finally found 10 minutes. (And I probably should be doing something else, but I didn’t want this to be too outdated!)

These photos are from June:

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Curly lettuce (left) & Romaine lettuce (right)

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Snow peas (left) & green beans (right).

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Tomatoes section. (I planted grape, cherry & larger tomatoes).

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Cucumbers & zucchini section is against the brick wall almost all the way down the entire plot of the 24 foot garden. I planted 2 or 3 kinds of cucumbers & one type of zucchini.

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Peppers (left) (some green, and maybe we’ll be surprised with another color, as my sister-in-law gave us 2 pepper plants, but wasn’t sure what color they were) & raddish loot (right)

These photos below are from two weeks ago already:

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Curly lettuce (left) & Romaine lettuce (right)

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Cucumbers & zucchini section doing very well against the back wall.

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Pepper section. So far all the know still is the green pepper plants… the other plants haven’t started to grow any peppers yet. Maybe soon!

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Snow peas (left) & green beans (right). The snow peas have been producing and we’ve been eating them right off the plant already. The green beans are now almost ready to pick some to steam as a side dish for dinner!

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The tomato section. We have a lot of tomatoes growing finally. I actually ate 1 red grape tomato already and it was beyond delicious. I cannot wait for more to come!

I’ll be back soon with another garden update to show you what new we’ve gotten since I took these pics (which are about 2 weeks old now).

Are you growing anything delicious in your garden?

Monday, June 30, 2014

Ribbons and Bows Beanies

 

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I knit up these most adorable hats for shop samples. It’s the ribbons & bow beanie by April Lowe. I picked up the pattern (for 4$) on Etsy. (Seeing the purple one on her Etsy page makes me want to make some more, in purple too). This pattern makes me want to knit one for every baby girl I know. And make some for gifts. I think I will absolutely make this one again, over & over again. Well, let me tell you, the next girl that I need a gift for, will be getting one of these! And the newborn size doesn’t take more than 30g combined (in white & pink or whatever color you chose), so from a 100g skein of worsted weight, you can get a bunch of hats out of these. It was about 20-25g of the main color & about 5-10g of the white. Oddly, the cotton hat weighs more than the wool blend hat. I used Berroco Weekend for the cotton hat & Berroco Vintage™ for the wool blend hat on a 4.5mm needle. I used a 16” for the hat until the decreases and then switched to some double pointed needles.

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They’re on display at the shop if you’d like to see them!

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Gaptastic, again

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At the beginning of the year I knit up a gaptastic for the shop. I loved it so much, that I decided that I had to knit up another one, for myself. Those mornings standing at the bus stop with the kids in the middle of winter get brutally cold. My thrummed mittens are a staple for standing at the bus stop, along with a trusty hat. Now, I can add this to my wardrobe to keep me warm.

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I used up 3 skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Solids (color: 640 Fisherman) that was in my stash for a very long time. I do have stuff in my stash that was not purchased at my shop, but acquired before I bought the shop. I used 9mm (US 13) knitting needles. This was a great project to work on while at Sean’s baseball games. I was able to knit & chat with the other baseball moms at the same time. I would definitely knit this project again. It’s a fave of mine now!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Bling Shawl!

I just finished knitting up a shawl, my own design, for a kit that we are selling at the shop. The kit comes with 2 balls of yarn (enough to make the shawl) and the pattern (for free with purchase of the kit which costs 15$!). If you cannot get down to the shop and would like a copy of the shawl pattern, it's available for sale on Ravelry. I am in love with the color and the way it striped along the shawl. The yarn was lovely to work with. (Rozetti Yarns Polaris). The finished size is 50"x21". The pattern calls for 5mm / US8 needles. This was fun to knit & design - I hope you like it!

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Saartje's Bootees for Jameson

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I knit these adorable little booties for a co-worker of my husband’s who had a baby in May 2014. I used 12 grams (55 yards) of ONline Supersocke 4-fach London Color using 2.75mm/US2 needles.

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These are so cute & took no time at all to knit up. The pattern is very easy to follow. I knit them in one evening. I definitely plan to knit up more of these.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Oriental Lily

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I just finished knitting up the cutest dress ever. I plan to knit this one again the next time I need a gift for a baby girl. It’s the cutest thing ever. It also took no time at all to knit. I used 221.5 yards, 69 grams of a 100 gram skein of Stylecraft Merry Go Round in color 3142 and for the wait band, arm cuffs and skirt cuff I used  57.3 yards which is 16 grams of a 50 gram skein of Sirdar DK in color 197. I used both 4mm (US6) and 3.75mm (US5) needles and the stitch definition is very nice.

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This has got to be the cutest store sample we’ve got right now. It’s a free pattern, Oriental Lily by Georgie Hallam. Very well written and comes in many sizes (newborn to child size 10).

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I made the newborn size and it was tried on by 8 lb 4 oz Sienna and it fits perfectly. The sizing is perfect.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Double Rainbow

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I have seen a lot of rainbows this week. The first one was on Thursday after some rain. Then last night, on the way to dinner at my in-laws, we saw the most beautiful thing ever. A double rainbow, where one of the rainbows (the clearer one) was a full arc. Unfortunately I couldn’t capture the full rainbow on my iPhone fast enough, from the passenger seat of the car). It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a rainbow like that. I just had to share it. Happy Saturday!

Like a Hockey Player

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Last week Sean lost his 3rd tooth, on the bottom. It was his 3rd tooth lost on the bottom. Yesterday, he lost his 4th tooth, an upper one this time. It got accidentally knocked out at school by himself. He looks like a hockey player after a fight. He has a few more teeth that are currently loose. The tooth fairy is going to go broke around here!