Thursday, October 4, 2012

In with Ginny...

 Well, I have started a new shawl for my professor. The one I was working on is just going to take entirely too long. So I have exchanged it for this new pattern from KnitoneCrochettoo.com It is the one in the middle done in gray tweed. It is going fast so I think that I should be able to have it done by the end of semester,,,hopefully!
I am using one of my reclaimed yarns that I found at GW again. It is a pink lambs wool and angora also. Seems to be a lot of this at GW. I have found 3 different sweaters with this same mix and almost the same color. It is beautiful, and at a  price of $3.99 for most of their sweaters, it is a steal.

As for my reading, I am studying for finals this coming month. I know it is a bit early, but I am also trying to study for the National Certification Exam. I will be glad when I can take a month or so off from studying and actually read a good book.

Looking forward to seeing what everyone is reading and knitting.

Be well,
Christina

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Weekly Bread Bash....




I started making bread in my youth, and up until recently it has only been a once a month thing. Usually Challah, cinnamon buns,  or some kind of puff pastry.   However, with the cost of "manufactured" bread rising, especially the healthy stuff, I decided to start making my own loaves weekly. My son has become quite enamored with my bread and refuses to go back to the, "store bought yuck" as he calls it. So, here I am making bread weekly, and actually, happy to do it. It is kind of relaxing, and fills me with the knowledge that we are eating healthy organic bread. I tried a new recipe from Farmgirl Fare's Blog .  It is truly wonderfully easy and has always come out delish! So, if you get a chance, and the desire, give it a shot. She has given plenty of variations so that you will never become bored.

Be well,
Christina

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fall's coming in....


Rows of Rutabaga's, Bok Choy, Onions, Carrots, and Radishes all benefited this past weekend. We had almost 4 days of rain, and everything is just looking great.






 Rutabaga's
 Turnips..


Nero Di Toscana...


Fava Beans, (Loraine)

 Peppers,




 Rutabaga's..



Fennel....


 Swiss Chard......





That's all for now...



Be well,
Christina

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

In with Ginny

 I am still working on the scarf for my professor. It is from the Early Fall Edition of Vogue. This is just the outside border that I am finishing. Five more pattern repeats and then off to the middle.


The pattern is really interesting. I cannot wait to start the inside. I am using a thicker yarn and larger needles than the pattern is. So, I do not know what it will look like in the end. Hopefully nice, but we will see. I definitely wanted to use this yarn as it is just like butter in your hands. I found it in an X-large-plain-unadorned sweater at the GW. It looked like someone had bought it, like me, for the softness, and then got bored with its plain look. I bought it for $4 dollars and am loving it. I unraveled it, washed and soaked it, and then re-wound it.
As for reading, I am back to light reading that I can do in between studying. This magazine has a wonderful article about backyard chickens. Would love to have a couple some day!
 I am looking forward to see what all of you are knitting!

Be well,
Christina

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pumkins...wish I took more pics!

Whole Foods Pumpkins...









There were so many, but I was with a companion who was hurrying through the market, and did not get to stay as long as I wanted. Will definitely be back for more photos, as I just love pumpkins and squash. They always take a great photo...so unlike me! ;p

Be well,
 Christina

Friday, September 7, 2012

IT"S ALIVE..... :)



Radishes...














Mammoth Melting Snow Pea







 Red Bull Beets...these are really interesting. Totally red on the outside , but when they open up the inside of the cotyledons are yellow!


....see, how beautiful is that!


Giant Yellow Beets..




 Of course the peppers, still growing strong. 




Well, that's it for now. Looking forward for the onions, lettuce and chives to come up now.

Be well,
Christina

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Beautiful Agave....




The beauties I found right around the corner......











Be Safe...
Christina

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

In with Ginny

Finally mid-terms are officially over, and I did AWESOME! So now I get to read (something I want to read that is...lol)  and to do some knitting as a reward! Yea.


I am knitting the Rhapsody in Blue shawl from the Early Fall Vogue issue. I am working it with a lambs wool/angora blend that I rescued and unraveled. It is a beautiful pinky peach. It is for my professor who has been so kind and inspirational to me. I wanted to give her something from the heart, and thought that this would be perfect as she is tiny, and a shawl would be perfect during those chilly fall nites at her sons baseball games. I am also starting to read the Bakers Creek book, The Heirloom Life Gardener. So far, I am loving the story of the life of these people: honest, honorable, and devoted.


I hope that all of you are also getting to read something that you want, getting to knit something fun, and getting to spend time with those you love. Whether they are skin people or fur people!

I am excited to see what all of you are up to!

Be Safe,
Christina

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Well....it's brown.

I wish I had something green and luscious to show you! The sad truth is that I do not. Having just moved into this house I have been trying to get the garden established and the soil healthy. As all gardeners know, the soil is the base of any good garden. Without good soil, you will not have the luscious greens, and the beautiful flowers, that you so desire. So I am working on that soil. Trying to reinforce the health and strength of that soil, takes time and money. So the process is slow, but steady. You have seen the new garden tilled and new top soil and amendments put in.  So the only thing left to see, is where the new items have been going in.

The left side still has the peppers going strong. I have decided to leave them until they wear themselves out.


Lots of little green, orange, and red peppers. Believe it or not, these first peppers came from seeds from a bag of, "Mini peppers" that I had purchased at one of the mega-stores to make chilli with. I held onto them for about 1 year, and they still came up and are producing like crazy. Just plain dumb luck is what I accredit it to.

These are beds of beets, Bull Red Beet, and Giant Yellow Beets. Also radishes, Sparkle and French Breakfast.


The radishes are the first to come up.....within days of planting.



I also put in new tomato plants: Ludmilla Red Plum, Carbon, and Black Elephant. The ones to the left are seeds that I had from an old heirloom called Zapotec Pleated. I grew them about 2 years ago and they were huge, beautiful, and tasty.        


Right down this 25 foot strip, I have planted  a huge variety of pea plants. Such as Sugar Ann, Wando, Oregon Sugar Pod, Oregon Giant, Mammoth Melting Sugar, Little Marvel Pea, and of course the Fava Bean Loraine. I am hoping for not only a great pea surplus, but for these to help fix nitrogen in the soil.




Last but not least..the two little ones who are my constant companions are ever present in my planting. I have lots more to put in this month, and will keep you all posted.



Until then, Be Safe!

Christina