Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Last night we got some pretty severe thunderstorms. Pea and I were sure we would lose power, but luckily the lights stayed on. However, all of my tomato and corn plants were lying flat in the garden this morning. If I were a good blogger I would have remembered to take a picture to show you. In a feeble attempt to redeem myself, I will show you that I have them all staked up again and they are still looking very happy.

The garden from the front . . . and from the side.Hopefully we'll be dining on home-grown vegetables soon!! I don't know why I planted the tall ones in the front and the short ones in the back . . . but I did. In the first row you see tomatoes and red and yellow peppers. The second row is the same, along with some corn. And in the back you see yellow squash and cucumbers. All the plants are flowering so hopefully we'll see some vegetables soon.

The best thing about the storms were that they ushered in some blissfully cool air!! I haven't even put on my ceiling fans today and I'm not the least bit hot. And, the repair shop called this morning to say they have fixed our big A/C unit!! Next time a heat-wave hits, we should be able to keep the whole downstairs at a reasonable temperature. Whoopee!!!

With a reprieve from the heat, I'm starting to get the itch to knit and sew again. I haven't picked up the needles since Saturday, and I'm in deep withdrawal. But I do have some "old" knitting to show you. I whipped this little baby out a few weeks ago.

The perfect summer pool bag

Saturday Market Bag
Cast On: July 1, 2006
Completed: July 6, 2006
Yarn: Lily Sugar 'N Cream in Summer Splash

I love this fun bag!! It was a really easy and quick knit, and the finished bag is super stretchy (which is why the picture looks distorted). I picked this color cotton with the idea of making a "pool bag" - something to carry my bathing suit and towel in when we go to our friend's pool. Once it was finished, I was sure it looked to small to fit a towel . . . but this thing S - T - R - E - T - C - H - E - S!!! My stuff fits in just fine.

Want to see what I've got inside today? First up, another fun little knit I whipped out.

Lacy Headband
Knit Lace Headband by Minty Fresh
Cast On: July 13, 2006
Completed: July 14, 2006
Yarn: Left-over Trekking XXL from my Ocean Socks

I'm becoming quite the Pepperknit groupie, having received her two sock patterns and then knitting up this little beauty. I love headbands on other people, but never really like them on myself - but this pattern really appealed to me because the headband is nice and skinny. It only take a few hours to knit, and is the perfect use for some left-over sock yarn!

Next up, my Picovoli in progress!

My Picovoli In ProgressI bought the yarn for this Picovoli almost a year ago, in my first ever order to Knit Picks. I don't know why I waited so long to cast this on! The pattern is wonderful and this has been a great knit so far. I did try it on, and it looks like it will fit just fine. I can't wait to have it all finished so I can wear it. I'll have to sew up a cute skirt to go with it.

One down, one to go!!Last but not least, ONE COMPLETED EMBOSSED LEAVES!!!! I'm so proud of how it came out, and it fits perfectly. Now I just need to get the second one knit, and I need to finish it by July 31 to get my Sock-A-Month credit. Can I do it?? Not likely, since the first one took me over two months. It's kind of sad, because this will be the first month I don't have a completed pair of socks. So I'm going to try my best to crank this sock out, but I'm finding it hard to be optimistic. That's okay though, I'd rather have a perfect sock than a quick sock - and it's all about enjoying the process.


Nancy said...

Cute FO's! I love the color of your embossed leaves sock. Good luck on getting its mate done in time!

AmyArtisan said...

The market bag & the headband look like great summer projects! :) I'll have to hold onto those projects.

The sock & the sweater are also looking great! Glad to hear that you're getting a reprive from the heat for a bit. :)

Mintyfresh said...

Let's see a shot with the headband on! :) I love that color blue; it'll look really great against your dark hair. Nice progress on so much else, too. This week, with all the heat, has really taken a toll on my own knitting.

Anonymous said...

Lucky you for having had a thunderstorm to cool things down a bit - we're still waiting for one here!
You've sure been a busy knitter these past days/weeks - I absolutely love the bag you did as well as the headband which is so cool! Picovoli is coming along so fine, and wow, your Embossed Leaves are great! I got the pattern now as well and will start them soonest possible - they're so gorgeous!

Elizabeth said...

Isn't this weather great! Much more energy when the heat doesn't drain it out of you.

I love the market bag - I'm adding it to my list of gift ideas for Christmas, though I might get sick of it if I try to make more than a couple. So, better start now!

StampinShelly said...

Fun Stuff! I've got to try the market bag. It looks so cute (and useful). Glad things have cooled down and your AC has recovered.

MissyJoon said...

I love the market bag colors, and I love that quick and easy pattern!
I also think I am a peppermint groupie, although my hair is too short for her headband.

Doesn't it fiigure, the heat has broken and the air conditioners are ready to roll . . .

Jenn said...

Wow! Look at all of your wonderful projects! They all look great - and I'm glad to hear that it's a bit cooler for someone!

Scoutj said...

Wow. I'm glad someone's been knitting! I love that bag.....can't decide if I want to make it or wait for Eunny's version!

Sonya said...

You are cranking out the FOs for someone who hasn't been knitting! I love the color of your Pico. Isn't the Shine great to knit with? I think I'm going to have to give the lacey headband a try. Sometimes I'd like my hair out of my face without being in a ponytail. So glad you've got cooler weather.

Heide said...

There is nothing else as satisfying as growing your own fresh fruits and vegetables. Be cautioned though, it's addicting. You start with a small patch and before you know it you end up with boxes or beds all over. It's kind of like knitting. Speaking of which, I love your FOs. I haven't had much knitting time this week, but I can't wait to try Picovoli again. Yours looks fabulous! Cheers.

amandazen said...

What a great bunch of FOs. I love the market bag!!

Amanda :)

Anonymous said...

You've got lot's of beautiful knits there!

Noey D. said...

You've been a busy girl! So much to comment on....The Market Bag is really cute, love the colorway. I started that one, but seem to have lost track of it! I'm a fan of Minty over at Pepperknit too! Been meaning to knit that headband for Noey. and your Picovoli is coming along great. Pretty color!

Jen said...

wow, you've been super busy, even in the ridiculous heat! I totally love the saturday market bag... it looks really handy and so much better than those silly plastic grocery bags. tres chic!

Anonymous said...

No moss grows on your needles ;o)

Those are some great FO's!

Monika said...

So I see your knitting is growing on bushes as well! I though only mine are that magical. ;o)

Ragan said...

Wow! Look at all of that lovely knitting, it really enhances your scenery! :)
Beautiful stuff!!!!

Anonymous said...

Your bag looks great! I would love to put a picture and a link to this post in my gallery. Just e-mail me all the info.

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