A Busy Summer …

It’s been a busy summer for me this year, filled with travel, work and gardening.

Packed and Ready to Go!

Before I headed out to Germany to visit my daughter, I planted my veggie garden.

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I am taking care of my son’s dog, Tex, and as he is a big cow looking kind of guy (a black lab), I put up a 4 foot chicken wire fence to keep him from digging and rooting through my garden.  It’s been a bit of a challenge to crawl over and get into it, as I didn’t make a temporary gate, but it’s worked out very well.

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I’ve even tried rooting ginger and it’s been a great success.

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It’s now grown another sprout, besides the one shown here.

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And I’ve rooted an avocado seed.  It’s all been a discovery in gardening for me.

The garden has grown faster than I can keep up with, it seems.  We’ve had more than our fair share of rain here in the Midwest.  In fact, we had a deluge in early summer, but the rains have tapered off and we now have a normal August ahead of us.

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WordPress Photo Challenge – Rule of Thirds

My efforts at the rule of thirds with my Panasonic Lumix.  I can’t control the exposures, but this camera does have about 15 different settings, so I experimented with them and found the food setting gave me somewhat of a rule of third effect.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Depth at the Eiffel Tower

Depth of reflections in the pavement approaching the Eiffel Tower.

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Knitting Passion …. WIP’s

I have recently become enamored of knitting.  I’m not an advanced knitter, but I’m doing better than I did some years ago.  I found a yarn shop a block away from where I work, so I think I will get adventurous and take a class.  They have classes in knitting socks and an unusual design of neck scarves.

Actually, I learned to knit years ago, when I was about 11 or 12 years old, during a very stormy spring in Indiana.  I had a favorite aunt & uncle who were living with us at the time, they had moved into my grandparents’ house while they were building a house.  It was a year of fun for all 6 of us grandchildren living there at the time, plus my aunt was pregnant and we anxiously awaited the arrival of our new cousin.  Imagine 4 giggly little girls and 2 sweet little boys playing on the farm.  I was wanting to learn how to knit and so my aunt sat me down one afternoon to show me how to knit slippers.  A few weeks later, during a really bad storm, we jumped up to go outside to see the clouds forming and somehow, I dropped that slipper and never did find it.  My knitting efforts were sporadic after that for years.

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Last autumn, I was trying to find the hat I had knitted last winter (see my post here http://serendipitouscookery.com/2014/02/14/knit-1-purl-1/ ), and looking everywhere to no avail, I decided to knit another hat.  I found a free pattern on this blog        http://florriemarie.com/2014/10/11/free-pattern-morel-hat/        and decided to try it.

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The yarn recommended was Miss Babs Northumbria DK, Candied Pecan, but when I checked the website for the yarn, it was sold out.   The pattern was called Morel (as in the color of morel mushrooms) and I think I ended up buying yarn called Mushroom at Joanne Fabrics.  It turned out a lovey shade of, well, mushroom and was very similar to the Candied Pecan color.  While knitting it, I actually found the hat I was missing – it was in my car, so I decided to finish this one and sent it to my daughter for Christmas.  It turned out so beautiful, I may knit another one.

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Not to be outdone, I’ve started another little knitting project, using up yarn I have in my stash, nothing expensive here.  I’ve seen knitting emails come through with patterns for wash cloths.  Here is one that I’ve started ….

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I love having the random stripes of color on a white background.  Here is the link to this pattern ….  http://www.allfreeknitting.com/Dish/Tried-and-True-Dishcloth-Knitting-Pattern   It’s really easy, you just knit each stitch until you’re finished.  A little instruction is needed in order to add in the colored yarns, but it’s not difficult.  Someone asked me why I was working on dinky old wash cloths, my reply was that I could experiment in a small space and still use the thing.

In the midst of all this, I also started knitting a scarf for myself to match the hat that I thought I had lost.  It’s a variation of a cable stitch and I’m trying to use up old yarn I’ve had in my stash for several years.  I have several skeins of this yarn and some matching green, so I’ll just keep knitting until I run out, I suppose.

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Also, about the first of December last year, I was at a discount store and came across an unusual yarn in the knitting aisle.  It’s called Starbella Luxe Yarn (follow this link to learn more about this product ….   http://www.premieryarns.com/searchpage.aspx?k=starbella&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&keyword=g+generic+b&ne_ppc_id=1821&ne_key_id=105118039&ne_sadid=12732157239#1&profile=Premier    I can’t really say it’s a yarn, but rather a mesh or net like fiber that, when the instructions are followed, creates a lovely scarf.  It was very easy and fast to knit and I had it done in time to give it to my children’s grandmother for Christmas. She was delighted with it!

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Shadowed

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The Daily Post – Photo Challenge – Minimalist

Exhibit at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France…

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Handmade broom in Germany…

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Descent from Montmartre

Descent inside Sacre Coeur Cathedral (the signs said ‘only 300 steps’ – I was sure it was many more) and the Montmartre hillside during my trip to Paris this past May…. I’m sure I walked at least 9 miles each day ….

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