May 2009

 deck gardenOver the last few weeks I have posted a few times about my garden, but have not actually really blogged about it. Which is an oversight for sure, because lately, when I’m not working on school, or knitting, I’m out on the deck watering things. Considering it is a deck garden, I think we’ve done quite well packing in the plants. Especially considering that we need to be able to access the grill and HVAC closet that are out there.

We have lots of soy planted – due to some gardening math errors on my part, we ended up with around 50 or so seedlings. Many emails were dispensed that day as I panicked and began trying to find new homes for as many of them as I could, and asked my mother if I could borrow a few pots (around 20 or so??).

See how pretty they are?

See how pretty they are?

We also have a whole bunch of basil, some parsley, chives, pickling cucumbers, calendula, cayenne peppers, catnip (not for us persay), a small rosemary bush, lettuce, microgreens (not entirely impressed with those, as I cannot tell when they are ‘ready’), impatiens and marigolds!

Lately, the gardening has become a bit war-like, as a pair of wrens have moved into the hanging basket of impatiens, and have been wreaking havoc. At first I assumed that the little holes I was finding were from squirrels, since they are known for their digging-in-other-peoples-gardens ways.  But then, I watched in horror as one of our wrens flew down into one of the railing pots, casually strolled over to a brand new soybean seedling, and ripped it out of the ground! And to top it all off, they now fuss at me when I’m on ‘their’ deck. Apparently marigolds are only good for repelling bugs, not birds.

On the upside, I am now glad that I made a math error on the seedlings, because at the rate we’re going, we’ll end up with just about the right amount of soy when the wrens are done with their evil garden pillage. Now to keep my fingers crossed that there is anything left when I return from vacation; I may need to get a scarecrow.


My good, dear, sweet, friend, Kaela, over at Local Kitchen, was just charitable enough to send me this ‘One Lovely Blog’ award. lovelyblogWhich, needless to say, surprised me greatly, since I’ve only been doing this for a little while. 

Also surprising, that she also sent the award to the very lovely Chookooloonks, which (or who, I guess) I have had a total blog crush on almost since I discovered Google Reader. So to say that I am tickled to be held in such company is just an understatement. Not to mention that the other bloggers she listed are also all wonderful. She’s given me an awful lot to live up to (even if pink roses aren’t really my thing….).

So, if you’ve just arrived from Local Kitchen, and are looking for a lovely blog, welcome, welcome, I will try not to disappoint. 

Part of the deal is that I’m supposed to pay the award forward. Which is frankly sort of intimidating. Kaela hit on many of the bloggers I have actual personal contact with. So I need to come up with 10 bloggers from my blog roll, and frankly, most of them I hold somewhat in awe. And also frankly, there is no way I know of 10…I think my blogroll is only about 12 or so, and Kaela is one of them. 

So, without further ado, here are some blogs which I find lovely, and inspiring, and funny, and which cause me to keep a google reader page up in my browser, just in case someone decides to update! Give them some love.

  • Tea & Cookies – some wonderful recipes (try the austrian garlic soup, it has become one of our favorites), and wonderful pictures and stories from the west coast.
  • Glampyre Knits – Knitting, quilting, sewing, and many inspiring things which have caused me to spend a lot of time considering whether I need more hobbies!
  • Getting Stitched on the Farm – Sheep and many fiber related things. I love the lamb pictures in the spring.
  • Go Knit in Your Hat – Some of the best knitting book reviews I’ve seen, on top of it being a good knitting blog in general. Plus she’s from my area, so extra points!
  • Superhero Journal – Another blog from a creative person doing what she loves. Very inspiring to me as I venture into the land of trying to work on what I love.
  • Well Read Hostess – Another area native, who reads more than I do (I was surprised, honestly), and is so charming and funny about books and her life, it immediately became a favorite.

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Addendum: On hearing that Kaela had given me a blog award thingummi, my husband said that he should like to receive it as well. (He is very subtle, neh?) I told him I didn’t think his blog was quite what they were thinking of with lovely, but, on the off chance that some of my readers are interested in programming blogs and Philadelphia .NET code camps and such, you can find it here! It is good to be well rounded and have many interests, right?

Someone has been digging in my “garden”!


Click to make bigger, hole circled for emphasis!

Click to make bigger, hole circled for emphasis!

If you see the culprits, please let me know so I can bluster at them ineffectively! I lost 2 calendula in the fray!! grrf.

I don’t have any children.

My husband’s cousin is pregnant with her 2nd child. I gave her a baby blanket for the first one, so in order to top that make sure the 2nd one feels equally loved with knit goods, I decided to design and knit a baby kimono. 

I researched patterns, look around at yarns, picked some (Fiesta Baby Boom in Madrid), decided I wanted it to be knit top-down, with raglan sleeves, and in stockinette stitch, since it was a nice variegated yarn. And off I went! 

The only problem?


I don’t actually know how big babies are!

…at least not in the being able to judge how big their clothes need to be. Does this sweater’s shoulders look big enough for a regular sized baby? (I haven’t moved on to arms and body yet…I’m worried about shoulders!)

A venerable model for a youthful design

A venerable model for a youthful design. click to make bigger!


Is there such a thing as a regular sized baby?

My mom believes it is going to be too big, but I think child #1 was a giant…


PS edit: having now seen it on a model, I think it might be big enough. 🙂