Wednesday, October 29, 2014

2 - 4 - 2

So I have finally finished the Star Bright Cardigan; two of them actually. One for a baby on the way, and one for the neighbor who had a baby to everyone's surprise. She never showed until the 8th. month.
All I have left is the finishing ends and blocking....

This book is my "go to" for dreaming of new knits.

Excited to see what everyone else has going on.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Fall Garden.....Texas style!

Fall gardening in the NE, in the US, means preparing for winter: cleaning up, mulching, and putting plants and shrubs to bed. Temperatures dropping from the 80's to the 40/50's. Winter sweaters and coats being brought out for use. Most plants have long since seen their beauty days.

Fall in Texas is exactly the opposite. Everything awakens from the summer. The temperature is in the 80's and summer clothes are still out.   The basil and parsnips grow beautifully green. The roses put on the most spectacular show there is. Butterfly bushes display their deepest colors. Clematis, already gone to seed, begin once again to produce blossoms by the dozen.   Blue mist weed, attracts multitudes of creatures looking for their last delicious free meal.

Getting use to this has meant changing everything I have previously done in my gardening
 regiment !
But....sooooo worth it. 

................and of course Monarch caterpillars!

Looking forward to seeing all the Fall colors from my friends up north.

Happy Halloween!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

More architechture....

 I have an infatuation with spider webs. Mainly because they are just so exquisite. They are totally unique, beautiful, and amazing. I manage to find them all over the garden when least expected. I usually end up running in the house, wellies covered in mud, grabbing the camera for that special "Web" shot.
    That being said, if the spider happens to land on any part of my body or clothes, I end up screaming like a crazy person, trying desperately to get them off me gently so as not to hurt them, but still in freak mode.
Ahhhhhh, the joys of gardening. In many ways, I guess, the attraction has to do with my knitting. Their webs are individual creations, a lot like knitted creations. They also use their legs while creating these webs tucking them in here and there, which looks a lot like knitting. It just strikes me as odd that these creatures, who totally freak me out, (especially the BIG ones) are such beautiful artists in their own right.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Still working on the Star Bright baby cardigan, but is coming along nicely!
Excited to see what everyone else is working on!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

On my needles and in my hands......

Have started the Star Bright Cardigan for a neighbors little girl. It is a super fun little knit so far which I am really enjoying.  I think that I will probably knit another for a work friend who is having their first baby this January.
 I am also sucked into a series of books: The Edge Chronicles. It is a series for tweens and teens that I picked up for my son while working at B&N. Very well written for a book of this genre, but what I really love are line drawings, and this book has the great Chris Riddell pencil drawings which are just wonderful. 

After work, will be coming home to see what everyone else has been doing!

Enjoy your day,

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Butterfly Month (aka October)

 This little patch of parsley, for the last two years, has been a  nursery to most Monarch butterflies.  You would never think that this little patch would draw so many eggs, but as of right now there are about 30 caterpillars of various stages living in this small patch, sharing my parsley.

Meanwhile, while the babies have their own spot, the adults also have theirs in the front yard on the the Blue Mist Flowers!