Revenge of the Back Yard

Two Pears in a Pod (or something like that)

It’s been 3 months now since I had shoulder surgery. Although I managed to keep on dyeing with the aid of some awesome helpers, I have had to give up most other household chores until sometime this fall.  I don’t mind not being able to do housework (understatement!!), but I do miss gardening.  (And swimming.  I just had to add that.)

Right now my back yard reminds me of a show my son watches on the History Channel – something about what might happen to the planet after all the people have gone.  Well, it’s apparent that I no longer am present in my garden.  In just three short months, this is what my rose bushes look like:

Help! I used to be the most gorgeous white Iceberg roses.  Now, I am morning glory vines.

You can see a tiny bit of lawn and lantana peeking out from underneath, but no roses.

And then there’s my sad little vegetable garden.  I managed to plant it, barely, and then I had to hope for the best:

But at least there are tomatoes.  And peppers.  But no mulch.

Luckily, I’m a big believer in the Lazy Gardening Method, even during the best of years. I love perennials and things that re-seed themselves.  Like Phlox:

Faithful, long-blooming, and an inspiration for a colorway, “Phlox and Denim”

The front yard, luckily, is doing a little better. Although I have several hydrangeas in need of severe deadheading (100+ degree fries them), I have a lot of pretty little things that come back year after year, like this violet groundcover:

Violets, Nasturtiums and Impatiens to the rescue

I love Impatiens. Yes, they are an annual, but I plant them every year. They really dress up the place, spread out nicely and give things almost a tropical air.

Lovely and hardworking.

And there are a couple of hydrangeas that somehow managed to escape the searing heat of the summer sun.

The lucky one.

I can hardly wait until I can start digging and pruning again. Until then, I have to hope for the best.

This last photo reminds me of my relationship with my partner Sheri.

Two pears in a pod!

Really looking forward to fall!

Happy knitting, gardening, and everything else that you enjoy.

— Meg

Busy Bee!!

What does a fiber artist do when she can’t sleep, you ask?  Why she starts dyeing as soon as it’s light out, of course! I moved the studio out to the back deck last weekend so we can (finally) get the car back in the garage, so 6:00 a.m. saw me in the backyard filling the crock pots and getting an early start! After dyeing up the special orders, and perfecting my September Self Striping sock club submission, I got to play! And play I did. It’s been a while since we have had any spinning fiber in the shop, so I go to it.  I have been practicing with the new drum carder (LOVE IT!) and wanted to dye some fiber to play with color so that’s where I started.  I had forgotten how much I love to dye the roving!  Then I moved on to some 4 oz bumps that had been begging to be dyed for a while.  I got 4 of them done before the heat drove me inside. 102, YUK! I am not a fan of summer or heat! I will work on some more Sunday morning and they should be in the shop soon!

On the spinning front, I finished the singles from the color class and plied them with a lovely grey merino that I had hanging around.  They turned out gorgeous and I can’t wait to knit with it.  410 yards of around a heavy fingering weight.  My first thought was sock (of course! but I think I will go for a little shoulder shawl that will show off the striping!

410 Yards of Yumminess!

Next week we take the boy back to school for his Senior year in college. I can’t believe my little man is so big, but a look at the scraggly beard confirms it.  This is MY kid. I love both my boys equally, of course, but this is the kid that shares my love of Sci-Fi and all things sarcastic.  When he goes back to school, I’ll be watching Dr Who and Wharehouse 13 all by myself. I am torn between being sad to see him go and glad to see the backside of him. At 22, a summer is enough for us. My other boy (a Senior in high school) is into sports and is at an age where he doesn’t admit to having a mother, much less being seen with her. 🙂

Garden Update

The garden isn’t doing so well. A week of hot has things looking a little worse for wear and i am thinking it’s time to tear some things out and start the fall garden. Beets, spinach, kale and garlic are a few things in the running so if I can get out there early enough tomorrow after loading the crock pots with wool, I will make a start on that.

Happy spinning and Knitting,
Sheri