Showing posts from October, 2015

Yarn Along: After Madalynn

I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.

Knitting: Madalynn Cowl
I used over 1 skein of gray yarn for the snowflake section of this cowl. Afraid of running out (I only bought 2 skeins of each color) I modified the stripe section to be 2 rows of blue and only 1 row of gray. I think, I hope, this will leave me enough yarn to finish the project. The stripe section is boring me to tears so I haven't been making much progress.
Pattern: Madalynn by Leah B. Thibault
Yarn: Quince and Co. Chickadee 
in colorways 108 Delft (blue) and 150 Sabine (Gray)

Reading: After You by Jojo Moyes
Me Before You was my favorite audiobook of the past year so I was really excited to get my hands on the sequel. Sadly, the book is just so-so. I'm 80% done and the majority of the book has been about how pathetic Lou's life is and how she can't move on after Will's death. I guess I shouldn't be surprised because sequels are never as good, right?

In other fiber-related news, I t…

Lately: October Edition

This past month we've been trying to wrap up outside projects before the snow flies. We converted a huge area of lawn to no-mow grass. (No-mow grass stays short and only needs to be cut twice a year.) This involved killing the old grass, tilling up the sod, raking out the dirt, putting down no-mow grass seed, and then covering the seed with erosion-control blankets or straw. Christian did the majority of the work but I have hours upon hours invested in the project as well. Grass is just starting to poke up through the first area that we planted. What a relief! 

I was finally able to move the new Box Elder mushroom totems from the barn into the silo. (They've been sitting for 6 months!) This is a new variety of mushroom for me and I was surprised that the totems weren't completely covered in the fungus like the Oyster mushroom totems were. I hope they'll grow! The other strange thing was that I already had a few mushrooms sprouting on the totems. 

I tried something new in…

Pepper Harvest and Dog Antics

Nighttime temps dipped into the 30s this week so I had to harvest all of the peppers. What a great year! (Winston agrees.)

I have some beets, carrots and kale left in the garden but that's it. I still need to clean up some of the old plants and get the garlic in the ground before things freeze and then another growing season will have come to an end. 

My helpers are always close by when I'm outside working. Hey look - the dogs actually love each other!

[BAM!]  Just kidding!

Boys will be boys.