Archive for May, 2008

Gardening Weekend

May 11, 2008

I finished both fronts of the wrap sweater. Now I need to make the sleeves and puzzle through the instructions to understand how to make the ties.

The sweater is modeled on my wisteria bush. I love the purple blossoms and the scent of them. Beth has posted about her struggles with her wisteria bush (which she finally eradicated). This one was there when I moved in like hers. It vines up along the side of the house and into the front garden, and we are constantly cutting it back. Ingi hates it, and I understand why, but when it blooms it is just so wonderful. I wish there were an easier way to keep it controlled.

This weekend I put in a whole lot of bushes and an apple tree. I planted redcurrants, aronia berries (which I read about on Hilde’s blog), blueberries, and rhubarb.

I have been doing some reading on biointensive gardening so I wanted to try out the double digging technique out in my vegetable garden (since my soil is so heavy and rocky and I can never properly grow root crops). My wonderful husband helped me dig out a big section today (even though it’s my hobby, not his), we must have dug out about 40 rocks.

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Big Basin Stuck

May 5, 2008

I am obviously a little further along than in the above picture.

I have never knitted a pair of toe up socks on 2 circulars before, and now I am STUCK. I finished turning the heel and am supposed to be picking gusset stitches up from the instep needle onto the sole needle. However, I can only seem to get one side, since the configuration of needles doesn’t let me get at the stitches from the other side. I’m not sure what to do, short of pulling the socks off the needles onto stitch holders and then getting them put onto the needles the right way.

Any suggestions?