Thursday, June 30, 2011

Yarn Makes Any Day Better

Today I got to do 1 of my very favorite things...... yarn shopping. *happy dance*  What made today really great is I had full spousal approval. Don't get me wrong I don't have to have permission to go yarn shopping or anything but it's always better when the man knows what I'm doing & is absolutely fine with it. :-)  This was actually his idea as he had some apologizing to do......
Now who doesn't love a man who knows how to apologize in all the right ways? Yep the man knows yarn is his ticket out of the dog house ;) So on to the adventure, there is 1 store here about 10 minutes from our house and I like it but it's not my favorite store. They don't have Malabrigo for 1 thing :O and there's other yarns I love they don't carry so I every so often just get the urge to travel to the store about 45 minutes from the house. Now there are many reasons why I love this particular store: 1 I met a good friend online & when we discovered we live only about 30 minutes from each other we started meeting at yarn stores - the 1 closest to her house is this store, 2 Gina has the best sales ie: a 50% off room. So that being said I always head straight to the back room when I go in & see what goodies I can find. Today's find was Ella Rae Lace Merino now this is extra fine Merino wool & man is it ever soft. I already had 1 skein in a lovely blue-green colorway that  will eventually be a Traveling Woman shawl. So  of course when I saw this in the back room I knew it would come home with me. I got 2 skeins, 1 purple & 1 blue. I am on a serious purple kick these days - I'm not sure why but the color purple just makes me really happy (my children find this very amusing).
Next up I found some Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine in the sale room. I got a skein of dark gray & a skein of beige. Yeah not quite as pretty as the Ella Rae but I bet they will make some cozy socks.
Last but certainly not least is my very favorite of today's purchases.  Something new to the store.....Shalimar Yarn. Now this stuff is just OMG awesome with 75% superwash merino wool, 15% Cashmere & 10% silk! And yes folks you guessed it my color of choice was indeed purple. I cannot wait to knit with this yarn & have been trolling ravelry looking for just the right pattern. I welcome any suggestions for all of the new yarns.
Oh I also & I had to caution Auburnchick not to cry over rid of 12+ skeins of Red Heart SS today :O How you ask?? Well I traded it for a skein of hand dyed sock yarn *happy dance* A local lady hand dyes yarns & she mentioned last night at knit night that she needed some RH & perplexed I asked why on earth she needed that. She explained she uses it to tie her skeins once she's done dying them. I then told her I have a whole tub in my basement & she is more than welcome to it. She offered to trade and I immediately agreed. So when I came home last night I grabbed a big bag & filled it full of RH for me she will never need more. She didn't have the exact color I wanted today so she's going to dye me some & get it to me when she can. This is the color I wanted: Purple Martin oh my gosh this yarn is soooooo gorgeous in person. I have some of her laceweight & sport yarn already.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Today I have pics  of my knitting wip's (work in progress). I have 3 new projects going & I'm positive someone *cough Auburnchick cough* will have plenty to say about that. 1st is my birthday shawl....made with the Green Dragon yarn I got on my birthday. Pattern is charentaise by Katie White - I love her patterns.
I have a feeling this will end up being my favorite shawl :)  The other  2 new projects aren't far along so I haven't posted pics yet but they're coming soon I promise.  I also have some new pics of the garden. Almost done with planting for the season. Hubby has 2 more boxes to build for me & then we get to plan the chicken coop *yay*

Petunias :)


Sunday, June 12, 2011

sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.........

I scored a bunch of pallets from hubby's work to pull apart & make raised garden beds out of and so far hubby has pulled 2 apart & made raised beds out of them. But like all men he does things in his dear sweet time instead of at the pace I'd like him to. Well Boy #1 went off to summer camp - about 2.5 hours away. Hubs didn't want to go round trip in 1 day like he did last time so he drove up yesterday, spent the night with 1 of his sisters, dropped kiddo off& drove home today. Well while he was gone the wifie got impatient lol. So this morning I woke up & decided I was gonna "Get R Done" and set to work taking pallets apart. I was done taking apart before I even had breakfast. After breakfast I measured the 2x4's & cut them to the size needed, measured my boards to make sure they were all the same length & cut those that weren't down to right size, next was removing the nails from the boards. And yes  I re-used the nails as well. Then I got to work nailing boards to my 2x4's. This is not the easiest thing to do but I am living proof that anyone can do this.....and yes I do mean anyone. So here are some pics of today's fun :)


the tools

Not bad if I do say myself........
After all that I got to  head to  Lowe's to buy soil for the 2 new beds. I use a mixture of Peat Moss, Top Soil and Humus & Manure and I use the Square Foot Gardening method by Mel Bartholomew. If anyone has any questions feel free to comment or email me :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

some more gardening fun

Today was all about the garden day. I started off this morning at Lowe's for soil & of course ended up picking up some pretties on the distressed rack. I scored a raspberry plant for $2, a rhododendron for $1.75, a hanging basket of Petunias for $3 & some other flowers for cheap. All these babies need is some tlc & they bounce right back :) So I came home & unloaded the flowers but waited until dusk to unload the soil (the kids were so excited to get to help let me tell you.....) and start planting. I can't work when the sun is up & it's so hot out got up to 100 here today. Hubby built my potato bin yesterday *yay* so I planted them today. Here are some pics of the progress so far:

 <---- Potatoes, lima beans & marigolds. 
thyme, lavender & echinacea ---->

more hanging baskets --->


<---bulbs (can't remember what flower), catnip, coffee plant & stevia plant

dwarf orange tree, rosemary & more bulbs -->

and the pics above this set are of square foot garden #3 look at all those beans & peas sprouting!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Gardening Fun

This morning was spent in the garden. I was finishing up the third square foot garden. I needed to put divide it up into sections - didn't have any wood so it's just roped off with string for now. I also planted the last of my seeds - well last until hubby gets some more boxes built for me. I planted carrots, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, zucchini squash, yellow squash, green beans & marigolds. I need 3 more boxes 1 for corn, 1 for potatoes and 1 for more carrots & beans. There are some more pallets here so hopefully it won't be too long now. I'm really looking forward to fresh organic produce this tastes so much better that the pesticide laden stuff from the stores & there's a great sense of accomplishment that comes with knowing you grew it yourself. Next up after all the gardening stuff is set up is building a chicken coop. Oh yeah baby!! Fresh eggs, less trash & toxin free pest control......what's not to love about chickens? So here are some pics of what's going on in the garden:

purple petunias
strawberry patch

flowers in the flower bed 

SFG #1

SFG #2

Pear Tree

SFG #3 1st half

SFG #3 2nd half