Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Yarn Along: gardening and knitting at the same time

I planted our small garden this weekend. Again, I'm hopeful for a small harvest. It isn't easy to garden at our elevation (8600 feet). I'm ever optimistic despite the past few years of midget carrots, pumpkins that start off promising, but fizzle and pathetic strawberry plants.  This year, I planted Carnival Blend carrots (they grow in yellow, orange and purple), chives, strawberries, marigolds, Mammoth sunflowers, kale and snap peas.  With all the tall evergreens surrounding our home, I suspect my plants don't get enough sun.  I keep trying because like knitting, time in the garden is relaxing to the soul. 
I cast on this hat called Seedling by Alana Dakos. I have yet to knit something by Alana that I didn't like. This hat is done in Reverse Stockinette which means that it's a lot of purling. It's a good thing that I don't mind purling. Each row, I'm growing little seedlings. This is what I call easy gardening!

If you've been following my Yarn Alongs over the past few weeks, I'm still on Row 4 of my Baby Surprise Jacket.  Oh well.  I will eventually get back to it.

As for reading, I'm re-reading The Magic of Ordinary Days for upcoming book club.

I must go to put the twins down for a nap. We're kicking our Summer break off today with a trip down the hill to the library. We'll also meet up with daddy and get some ice cream. Okay, the babies are sleepy.  Must go.  So, head on over to Ginny's to read about more yarn and book adventures this week.


Erin @ Wild Whispers said...

I love reverse stockinette but hate to purl... the hat looks great!

Swanski said...

How exciting to have planted a garden. We are in the planning stages still. I do not mind purling one bit and I bet your hat will be perfect. Love the color!

Anonymous said...

I love how the gardening, knitting, and even the colour of your yarn all sort of go together in this lovely growing-garden-theme!

Jen @ Wife, "Mom", Knitter said...

Loved, loved, loved that book!

Have you seen the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie based upon the book? It's what made me want to read the book.

I think the Seedling is going to turn out great.