I'll be back.

Hello old and new friends. My blog has been inactive but I am still around. I loom-knit, weave and have picked up the sticks to needle knit, too! My patterns page links to Ravelry and I will answer questions about those. Maybe someday I will be back to write more. We will see where life takes me.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Flowers in lieu of FOs

My garden is blooming while my knitting is barely budding lately. I've knit a bit with my friends but my looms remain lonely when I'm home. So here are some pretty pics with just a few WIPs at the end ...

Flowers sticking their tongues at me
:-P ... Can you see it, too? I forget their real name but I love them. I hope I can keep them alive. My track record with annuals is poor.

Chives flowers

Chives flowers
I accidentally let them go to flower but they grow like weeds so I know we'll get more this summer.

Hawthorne tree
I beat the bees to the Hawthorne tree blossoms this year.

I found alstromeria at Bonnie's Greenhouse this year. I didn't even know I could grow it in Wisconsin. It was one of my complementary flowers for our wedding.

Some flowers from family ...

Wild geranium
Wild geranium from my mother-in-law

Pasque flower  Pasque flower
Pasque flower from my mom

And the shade garden is filling out ...

Lily of the Valley
Lily of the Valley reminds me of my mom's porch garden.

Solomon's Seal

Hosta   Hosta
Solomon's Seal lives between the hostas but the latter grew so big this year that the Seal might be on the move.

Miss Kim lilac  
Miss Kim is the lone lilac left. Pocahontas and Angel White bloomed big but both have dropped their last petals. My Sensation lilac with the awesome white-tipped purple flowers didn't pop at all this year. 

Some loom-knitty photos as promised ...

Corn row and pinwheel washcloths
Washcloth set

I knit up a quick washcloth set for Lucie's wedding gift. I used the corn row pattern from I Can't Believe I'm Loom Knitting for the square; the pinwheel is one of Isela Phelps' free patterns

Waves shrug WIP
The waves are slow-going in the shrug from Phelps' Loom Knitting Primer.

Mitts WIP
Meadow lace fingerless mittens

I'm still playing with the Spriggs Creations sock loom. Unfortunately, the loom has some shortcomings and I'm not having much fun with it. My yarn either snags on the rough pegs or slips off because the pegs don't have tops. I might have to save this original pattern for another loom.

Beaded scarf WIP
Beaded scarf off the loom

My beaded scarf has been half-done for almost a month. I've been stalling on stringing on beads for the second half even though it's really not that hard — just time-consuming. I'll take some nifty photos of the long-tail cast-on for the second half. Then I get to write an approved loom translation of the pattern for Interlacements Yarns. So stay tuned!

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