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Garden 2013 – Update 1

Posted by Andi on June 30, 2013

I realized I haven’t really blogged about our garden this year. We planted most of the same vegetables that we have over the past two years, added in some herbs, kale, and hot peppers.

Most of these photos are from a couple of weeks ago, and the last photo will be from last week.

Here is our kale. So far, so good. The plants aren’t big enough to start taking any leaves off to eat, but it’s growing nicely. Tim recently perfected his recipe for kale chips, so I’m looking forward to lots of yummy kale goodness coming up.

Our first green bean
The green bean plants are flowering, and here’s our first bean!! Our green bean plants did so well last year, and I’m hoping for the same level of productivity this year.

Red leaf lettuce
Our red leaf lettuce did not do well last year. So far this year it’s doing much better. At the time I took this picture there were a couple of little plants sticking out of the ground, and last week there were a few more.

Our cabbage is doing well as well. Last week the plants were big enough for us to take a couple of leaves to eat. Yummy!

And, finally, the one picture from last Sunday. Our radishes were ready for harvest! We picked these and planted a new batch. We have so many radishes that they should last until the new ones are ready. Because we can get so many in the summer, perhaps we will have enough to pickle some.


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Posted by Andi on June 1, 2013

I love knitting, but I hate finishing. I don’t like to seam. I don’t like adding buttons. And I especially don’t like blocking. I don’t know why I don’t like blocking. It isn’t hard. The item might take a long time to dry, but the process of laying it out isn’t difficult. It’s just annoying.

I dislike blocking enough that I only do it when I have to. If something is lacy, I block it. If the stitches look wonky, I block it. If it has no shape, I block it. But if I made something in stockinette stitch that looks fine, I don’t block it.

Sometimes I don’t block things right away. I had two finished objects underneath the coffee table in the living room that both needed blocking, but because it’s been too warm to wear them I haven’t bothered. If you are wondering why they were under the coffee table, it’s because that is where I keep my TV knitting. They were laying there next to other knitting stuff. Anyway, one project was a pair of legwarmers I finished about a month ago. The other was a lacy cowl I finished a couple of weeks ago.

Earlier this week I decided I needed to put the projects away for the summer, and I wanted to block them first. I started with the leg warmers, because that’s the project I finished first. I picked them up from under the coffee table and discovered this.

Destroyed legwarmer

What happened to my leg warmers?

I have no idea what the black stuff is. It’s only in the spot you see on one leg warmer. I looked at the lacy cowl, and it has no black stuff on it. I looked at the other knitting items in the area, and there’s nothing black on any of those. I checked the floor, there is nothing black on it. What the heck is that?

I showed them to my boyfriend, and his immediate reaction was that maybe when he was vacuuming he accidentally caught the vacuum on the legwarmer. I didn’t know if that made sense. I checked the bottom of the vacuum cleaner, and there’s no black stuff there. If you look at the top of the legwarmer, you might be able to see that there is a bit of fraying. It’s hard to see in the picture.

I blocked the legwarmers anyway, hoping that soaking them would loosen the black stuff. It didn’t. It’s hard like a shell. What is it? I almost wondered if it was burnt. The fiber content of the yarn is 80% merino and 20% bamboo. Does bamboo burn to black like that? I don’t know.

It’s my fault. If I had blocked them right away they wouldn’t have been under the coffee table. They would have been put away, or in the laundry because I wore them.

What should I do with these? I think I have enough yarn to knit a new leg warmer. I can try to rip back, but I don’t think that would be easy with the black stuff. Or, I can wear them as is. They were just for inside the house anyway. And really, I have no desire to knit another leg warmer. I was ready to be done before I finished the second one.

For now I will store these in my sock drawer until I decide what to do with them.

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