Monday, May 13, 2013
The Forsythia bloomed this year. This shrub was planted many years ago by the former owners of this house. It was planted in a very protected spot, almost overly so. In January, when we get a few days of reprieve from the cold weather, the buds often swell one or two will often bloom. Then the cold weather clamps down again and kills off all the flower buds, leaving us with a barren Forsythia in the spring. This year however, it is dressed in all it's golden glory.
I don't have enough tulips planted! They make a lovely spring display and seem to be impervious to the chickens scratching about. They get frost bitten in the spring, but they still grow and bloom when it's miserable out. This fall, I will have to plant many more as there is a definite break in colour from when the bulbs bloom to the next plants are ready to flower.
Under the very, very old maple tree are a few Periwinkle plants. Usually, there aren't many flowers but this year, they are blooming away. They are so pretty and delicate. For a plant which has been stuck in a mound around a maple tree which would take 3 of me, hand in hand, to reach around the circumference, and neglected, it's doing very well this year!
Currants! This year the red currants are full of flowers. Hopefully I'll get to them before the birds do. I much prefer black currants to the red ones. When finally, after scouring every plant centre and nursery around, I found a single black currant bush amongst the soft fruit stock selection, I grabbed it. I didn't have a place to put it, so I stuck it at the corner of the garden, as a holding spot, thinking I'd move it in a week or so. However, that didn't happen and it's been growing happily away in it's little corner. I will definitely put some sort of bird netting over it so that I can hoard it's meager harvest.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I really didn't feel like redoing the pink pirate sock right now. It took quite a while and I was disappointed enough with my end product to want something quick and easy. I started this rainbow coloured sock 2 days ago and I'm already at the heel flap. It's just a plain 2/2 rib, so fast and easy. I dyed the yarn last year and it's aged enough that I can finally use it.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Yesterday was a guild Dye Day. One of our members sets up an acid dye station, tables draped with plastic and all the necessary supplies needed. We show up, pay a nominal fee for the dyes and play. Most people brought silk warps to play with, but I brought a skein of sock yarn and some superwash roving. The dyes need to be steamed and while it could be done there, I have enough equipment to do it at home. I steamed the packets last night and let them cool overnight. This morning, I opened up the packets, rinsed them out and have spread them out to dry. All the dye set perfectly. There are several shades of the basic primary dyes so we get to mix and experiment to find the colours we want. Last time my sock yarn was a bit darker than I wanted. This time I went for bright!
The sock yarn has the pink and blue in 5 yard repeats, with 2 yards of purple in between each colour. Both th e purple yarn and turquoisy green in the roving came out better steamed than they did with the dye colour. I consider this a very successful dye experiment.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
These are growing where there weren't crocuses before. However then I remembered that I'd planted some last fall, in that particular flower bed. The beds were littered with leaves and pine needles from the winter, but the heavy rains, the ice storm and lots of winds have made it worse. Once they dry out it will take a bit of raking to clean them up.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
On a day like today, when the skies are dark and the rain is pouring down, a project like these socks makes me happy.