Friday, November 04, 2011

FROSTY NIGHTS

Tonight should bring the first frost of the season. It's a little early but nowadays it seems like anything to do with the weather is odd.




The every way wrap is done and has already been put into use. It's cold in the morning!




I am very pleased with the final result. I'm not sure I'll really use the button part but who knows. The Malabrigo worsted is a lovely yarn, light and firm. I had expected it to pill but it hasn't so far. The wrap has developed a sheen of fibers, hopefully not enough to make the cables fuzzy. I like the cables a lot. Coupled with the seed stitch it's texturally very lovely. I ended up with a little over a skein leftover. When I can stand to work with green yarn again I hope to make a hat.


NEXT UP








I really did mean to pick up the next UFO in my basket. I even made a list of various sweaters and vests patterns that I would love to make but I found that I desperately wanted to cast on a second vine leaf vest. I love the first one so much but it's pink which, well, doesn't really go with everything. I'm using Madelinetosh DK in "Graphite". So far, total love.




I haven't been sewing much because I've been busy in the garden but I feel the lure of my fabric and patterns. I fell in love with this lovely pattern for simple boots. I think my feets will be warm this winter.


TRIPPING





I headed down to the San Francisco area for some culture and girlfriend time with Kate. Earlier in the summer I had made some sugar skulls for the Day of the Dead. We cut open some garbage bags for protection, mixed up some Royal Frosting, and turned ourselves into second graders again. Messy! Colorful! Total Fun! I am sure we will do this again next year. And you know, it's a lot harder to do the decorations than you think.



It was actually hot in San Francisco. A nice view from the front lawn of the Legion of Honor.



THE GARDEN



There has been a lot of digging at Chez Earin's. Around here that means a pick axe, a pry bar, a great deal of muscle, and a good collection of swear words. It's dig this up and move it over there. Repeat. Be happy! Flourish why don't you? I am tired. I am ready for indoor things.


A new addition, a purple coneflower (Rudbeckia purpurea). Wish it luck.





Alice (a hydrangea) is wearing her fall colors. Alice is a trooper and has never failed me.









There are only a few flowers still blooming in the garden - a few roses and marigolds, some geraniums and penstemons. What are really in their prime are the chrysanthemums.







CATS



With the dropping temperatures the cats are floofing out. Tails are getting thick and magnificent. Olive is hard pressed to find anything smaller than her to torture but lately she's taken to bringing in preying mantis. With the colder days and nights they have slowed down and soon will die. For now though, I'm sure they wish Olive would just leave them alone.

2 Comments:

At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Suzy said...

I know where that pin cushion came from! So pleased to see it in use. Olive is getting darker, and Opal probably too.

 
At 12:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My cats are thick and fluffy too! Ok, my horses are even furrier which is all good until spring. I just have to post so you know I am reading (and enjoying) your blog and will keep posting. It is a welcome break in my work day!!!

Love, Mia

 

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