Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sunday's Garden

Back home in the grey, slightly rainy (today) Pacific Northwest. I won't complain about it again.

The pink blossoms are almost gone from the dogwoods in the driveway. The next interesting sight will be the pretty red seed pods.

The pink hydrangea came into bloom while I was gone.

Here's the sunshine on a cloudy day:

Baby grapes. Lookin' good....
The first dahlias to bloom this year.

Pretty daylilly.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Some Finished Objects

My second Summer of Socks 08 Pair:
Pattern: Blueberry Waffle Socks
Yarn: Zen String Serendipity Sport, Summertime Rolls colorway
Needles: Knit Picks Harmony, size 4, 24" circulars

These came out a little large for me, so I'll either find someone they fit or send them to the next afghans for Afghans campaign, which has a fall due date.

Pattern: Wave and Shell Shawl
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Merino DK
Needles: Lantern Moon Rosewood 24" circular, size 8

I made this for the afghans for Afghans rectangle shawl campaign for new mothers. Volunteer doctors in the newborn hospital in Kabul asked for shawls for their patients. It is heartwarming to think of a new mother keeping warm in my shawl as she cares for her baby in such a wartorn part of the world.

Pattern: Printed Silk Cardigan
from Spring 2008 Interweave Knits
Yarn: Knit Picks CotLin, Island Coral Colorway
Needles: Knit Picks Options, 24" circular, size 3 and 1

I liked this pattern when I saw it, and was happy to join a knitalong on Ravelry in April. Seeing some finished sweaters and reading others' tips and experiences (even comments and help from the designer, which was cool) made this project move right along. I think it came out pretty well.

I have two or three more socks in progress for Summer of Socks, so we'll see which gets done first.

I Know, I've Been On Vacation

I'm going to quickly catch up on my Sunday's Garden posts, even though the pictures are not from the garden you've been seeing. This garden is outside a condo in Palm Desert, CA, and the look of it in July is much different than the look of my Seattle garden.

I thought there was a trend to go to more natural plantings, but there are still the beds of annuals. They're pretty, but need a lot of water.
These are grapefruit, growing between our door and the pool. We're never there at the right time of year to eat them.
And I couldn't resist a couple of sunset-over-the-mountain photos.

The next Sunday, when we should've been home but weren't, was quite different. We were awakened early by a spectacular thunderstorm. If you've ever been in the desert during a rainstorm, you'll know that they're noisy and intense. It was like stepping into a steam room when we went outside; the temperature was still around 100 degrees F.

The beautiful mountain from the day before was hidden by clouds.
You can see the rain pouring off the roof here (no gutters.)
When we drove to the airport later, we found that part of the main road was closed, no doubt due to a washout. That water moves fast down there!

Back later to show off some finished objects.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Sunday's Garden

How the weeks fly by when I have to remember to take pictures on Sundays. Here's what's new today.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Sock Club Extravaganza

Today in my mailbox I found not one, but two packages! The final installment of the Plucky Knitter's inaugural sock club, Plucky Classics. In it was a lovely skein of Merino/Cashmere/Nylon sock yarn in the "Colonel Brandon" colorway.
The second package was from The Loopy Ewe sock club and featured the following goodies:
The yarn is Dream in Color Smooshy in the Spicy Smooches colorway. I've collected a few skeins of this yarn; I'll have to try it soon.

Funny that both clubs chose a brownish color for July; I typically don't buy browns, but these are different, have a mix of colors, and should knit up nicely.

In finished objects, I finished my first Summer of Socks pair:Pattern: Los Manos Locos/Crazy Monkeys
Yarn: Perchance to Knit, Superwash Merino, Breezy
Purchased from The Loopy Ewe
Needle: Knit Picks Harmony, size 0, 24" circs

These were a quick knit for me, and are rather tight-fitting, which I like. If I used this pattern again, I'd start with more stitches at the toe, since it's a bit too pointy for my personal taste.

I'm working on my second SoS pair now (sportweight) and with everyone gone for the weekend, I just might finish them!

Friday, July 4, 2008

The Adventure Begins

Happy 4th!
Our intrepid travelers embark on their most excellent adventure. May they come back happy and safe.