A blog is a lot like weeding your garden. A little maintenance here and there and it looks lovely. But sometimes, life gets in the way, work gets a little busy, the needles start to get dusty, and you realize that you haven't knit a full row in over a month. You start to forget how much pleasure the delicate stitches gave you, and the comfort a tube of stockinette could provide. The effort of picking up an unfinished object to figure out where you'd left off weeks and weeks ago seems too much trouble. You become ashamed. Reluctant. The excuse that posting with so little knitting to show for yourself gets in the way of actually writing anything.
If you let it go, a week maybe four, ten minutes of pulling the odd weed here and there turns into a full days work usually involving a machete, the neighbor's weed wacker and 911 on speed dial in case either gets a little out of control. This is where I find myself. A backyard filled with 6 foot tall weeds without a machete in sight and the only thing to do my much needed maintenance with is a butter knife.
To say that I haven't been knitting at all is not entirely true. I have in my brief and sadly rare moments spent time working on Mariah's sleeves, still not quite done yet, and also a pair of worsted weight socks. The yarn is Cherry Tree Hill worsted weight in this wonderfully plummy color. I started out planning to make them into knee highs but realized that it wouldn't be all that flattering on me and I didnt remember to put in calf shaping, or a stretchy enough bind off at the cuff. Definitely a downer when you can't get your socks on.
My sister tried them on and they dont fit her either so its not entirely my chubby feet at fault here.
March in San Diego is the beginning of a long extended summer for us. With the change of Daylight Savings Time, the longer days have allowed me to spend more time with Lila the WonderDog. She's starting to grey around the muzzle, reminding me that life is so short, and I've only got a few years left with my darling fur child. I dread that day coming, and try to enjoy every moment I have with her.
That stuffed animal she's got in her mouth is a hedgehog that she loves with all her little heart. She'll carry that thing around all day and then bing it to bed with her. It's lasted nearly three weeks and now there is a bit of a split down the center of it. It'll have to go into the trash soon but I'll leave it with her as long as I can.
With the longer days has come warmer weather as well, and I've taken advantage of it to start my spring planting. Tomatoes, strawberries, green beans, radishes, cucumbers, and peppers are all on the agenda this year. Last year's blueberries are starting to flower, as well as the wee nectarine and tangerine trees I have in pots so I'm hoping for a really great harvest of wonderful home grown produce.
Clockwise from the top:
Nectarine flowers, Tomatoes, Blueberries, and Tangerines