|Missing Needle #5|
In my bag. In my handbag. On my desk. On the floor. In all my pockets. I laid it aside to pick up stitches with a crochet hook for the gusset of the sock. And from there? Who knows.
I can knit these on 4 needles. I just don't want to. (A) because these are BRAND NEW Karbonz. And (B) because I like using 5 needles. Just the way I learned.
It was nice last night, during all the hubbub of the storm to just watch the magic happen. I keep saying that, but you gotta wonder... Who was the first person to think of this way of making a sock heel happen? Whoever he or she was? Genius.
I've been asked to teach my friend Roberta how to knit socks. I will do that on 5 needles, thanks!!
Oh, I did switch to the "Doris Heel" - which is basically the slip-stitch heel, with K3 at each end. I didn't like the directions on the other one. Oh, and I didn't understand the directions on the gusset either, so I did something else.
It'll be a nice sock. Even if it IS on only 4 needles. Grrrrrrr.
And we've already seen our first hummingbird - just put those feeders up yesterday afternoon!
|Monster Bleeding Heart|
I don't know if I have a full view of the Monster, but it's fully 20 years old if not more. It's taken over the northwest corner of the front sidewalk "garden" area, which is really crummy soil and mostly pea gravel. But for some reason, this thing is thriving.
The lily of the valley are up, but I haven't seen the big hosta yet. I need to get in there and thin the lilies out again.
Here's what the bleeding heart and lilac look like. I'm sad that the lilac only lasted one day in a vase. They're a fleeting flower - tells you that it's time to sit and enjoy, right?
Actually, gardening in and of itself tells you that you must have patience. And you have to see incremental success. And you work to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
|Lilacs and bleeding heart|
It's like therapy, only in dirt.
The sum total of what we have is as follows: 3 kinds of lettuce; 2 tomato plants; 2 kinds of cucumber (salad and pickling); carrots; radishes, scallions.
Herbs include: rosemary; basil, lemon thyme; parsley, garlic chives and dill.
Flowers include: marigolds; purple coneflower; lupine; flowering chives; hyssop; foxglove; borage; lavender.
I think it'll be beautiful, fruitful and eclectic.
Just the way we like it.
You have to understand, we're also not a "sappy card" family. And I'm good with that!
I mean, they're not snotty or nasty... There's just a good dose of snark in them, with no mean intent or anything. We just like it that way.
One year, I got my dad a "normal" (not sappy, but not snarky) birthday card, and he called me and asked me if I was mad at him... So that's just the way it is.
The gang. Left to right, Tippi, Raisa, Quinn. Tippi had gotten an end-of-the-year present from one of our therapy gigs, and they all saw the bag. So everyone got some.
This is "the rug." As in, "Get on the rug!" when they're getting treats or we want them out of the kitchen.
Raisa is almost done with heat, which will make Tippi happy.
Tippi was very good last night with the storms, which normally terrify her. She was still scared, but she glued herself to my chair and was fine.
Quinn is still Quinn - a lovable bundle of nervous energy. Each one adds a little something (besides tons of dog fur) to the family, and while it gets a little nuts navigating whirling big bundles of fur, it's still fun.
And no, I haven't found the needle yet.
And yeah, I'm still annoyed.