Monday, April 4, 2011

Home Sweet Homestead

I spent a good part of last Saturday making newspaper pots, filling them with seed-starter mix, and sticking seeds into them. With Spring on the way it was time to get into gear on getting the garden ready. So far I have eggplants, peppers and tomato germinating by a sunny window. I obviously will do more as we draw closer to Memorial weekend. I've also moved all my knitting stuff to the homestead. I don't have a whole lot of free wallspace for storage in the city, but the homestead does. I am pleased that I now can keep all my knitting stuff in one place instead of having them scattered all over the house.
I've finished the shawl I've been working on. The yarn was a natural wool/cashmere blend, very soft and very warm. The pattern was striking with the central rose motif and the 'Olde Shale' pattern radiating from it.
My current knitting projects are bath-puffies (very easy) knitted with "yarn" made from aloo, and a pair of lacy woman's socks of superwash merino yarn. I am knitting the socks in my typical way ~ I just cast on and start knitting the toe and lower foot without worrying too much about gauge. I just stop increasing the toe when I think the sock is at the perfect width and knit the lower foot straight. After I've finished a couple of inches, I then measure gauge and calculate where I would have to begin the instep increases. It is a nutty way to knit socks, but it suits me since I am a nutty person.

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