Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Holey Knitted Fabric Batman!

After maticulously cleaning every one of the 8 billion tiny parts and re-assembling each of them... It's ALIVE!!!! Mwah ha ha ha!

253 rows knitted in under 2 hours. Only a few setbacks, and a ton of new knowledge gained. Whew, I'm going to bed!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Strick Matador

Here's a preview of what my oldest son and I have been working on for the past few days. Knitting machines are actually pretty simple in design, but holy cats are there a lot of teensy pieces to keep track of. We removed, cleaned, and replaced every single piece of this machine, purchased for $25 at an estate sale by a sweet friend with an eye for a deal. I hope it works!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Good Advice and More Garden Pictures

Amidst all of the seemingly generic advice I've found in my fortune cookies, I've had a wierd run lately. This one rings particularly true.
A somewhat unwelcome guest. I only allow it because the plant is literally buried behind a fence and among some trees in our yard, and so I'm certian that I would be facing an ugly episode of poison ivy just trying to get rid of it. For that reason, and because poison ivy is one of the showiest and most beautiful of the foliages in the fall, I will put up with its presence for now.
The front yard garden, with dames rocket in bloom, (or is it Sweet William? I always confuse them.) and my herb garden in pots on the porch.
Now that we've been in our house for two summers, things are really starting to take off and become established. I'm still finding new plants left over from the last owners, and our vegetable garden is slowly coming along as well. The million or so inches of rain we've had in the past 3 weeks has certianly helped!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Today, as I planted the tomatoes, a flash of orange caught the corner of my eye! The poppy I only recently discovered on our fenceline has bloomed. Her unexpected arrival is the perfect compliment to an otherwise wonderful day.