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Garden Update — June 21, 2011

First day of Summer!

1:16 pm

What a difference a week, coffee & grounds, compost & compost tea makes!

June 14, 2011

Before Compost, Coffee, Coffee Grounds & Compost Tea…

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and now, June 21, 2011

Squashes, beans, cucumbers  and peas

Boy, do I have more weeding to do!

I was surprised that the coffee and ESPECIALLY the compost and compost tea made such a huge difference!  Even the strawberry perked right up!

The ‘tea’ was super easy to make — 5 gallon pail, fill 3/4 way with water, add in a few handfuls of compost, stir and let sit for about 2 days.  I waited to 2 days, and then using a container, I fed each plant.  The next day, they shot up, greened up, and look sooooo much better!

What do you do/use in your garden?  I would love to hear what different people use/do.

I’m trying to keep everything I use Organic — No pesticides!

I still have more squashes, cucumbers, cantaloupe and others to plant.  I’m just transplanting into the garden a few at a time.  I’ve been scouring YouTube for ideas for trellises.  I absolutely love the idea of growing butternut and spaghetti squash vertical!  The cucumbers, cantaloupe, and strawberry can be trained also.  ;0)    Here are 2 videos that are inspiring me..(the second one is a bit loud!)……


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Weightloss, Sock update n’ a LYS store visit

I finally broke out of the 200 range!  I’m 7-tenths away from a 20 lb loss! ❤

Yesterday I stopped in at Charlotte’s Web  OH HOW I COULD STAY IN THERE FOR HOURS!  So many different yummy yarns!  It is a small shop, but it is STUFFED with fiber!  It’s like you walk in, jaw drops, and you think, OH. MY. GOD.  ya, like that.

If you live in the Exeter, NH area, you have to check out Charlotte’s Web.

I wanted to take home so many different things, but I was good.  I ended up bringing home a skein of one of my favorite sock yarns
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So far I’ve made two pairs with this brand.  It wears brilliantly.  I don’t know if you can see it, but there is a bit of purple mixed in with the blue, black and white.  The colors remind me of  a comfy pair of jeans and a tee-shirt.

Speaking of socks 🙂

I’m finishing up the DIP (DESIGN IN PROGRESS) —  I started the cuff finally!
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Next step is to test knit with the matching sock. (Yes, I still have to knit the other sock! uggh, I know, right?)

I can’t wait to put it up for sale on Ravelry!  These are a size Large (womans’ 10-11) You must be thinking – damn those are big!  Well, what can I say, I’m a big girl  ;0)

I still have to write-up the medium and small sizes.  Hopefully those won’t give me too much trouble.

Any volunteers for testing the size Large?  When it’s ready of course. 🙂 I’ll be putting it up on Rav – Testing Pool and I’ll put a link here too 🙂  Leave a comment, I would love to hear what you all think of the Socks!

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Memorial Weekend

Ya, I’m slightly late with posting, sorry.
The new garden went in on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend.  It’s roughly 20′ x 20′ and it was all tilled in about an hour.  That’s 4 passes!  Not too shabby. Plus the roto-tiller only cost 50 bucks for a four-hour rental.  🙂

My honey really is the greatest!  ;0)

I haven’t done much knitting, but I have been sewing some……pictures later.

Now for the garden evolution.
My Honey bringing the tiller to the backyard for some serious turning!
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Just look at this bad boy!
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Area is all staked out. Let the fun begin!
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First Pass — Clutch is supervising!
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Second, third and fourth passes all look the same ;0)
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OOOOOOOOOOOOOO yummy soil just waiting for veggies!
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Raking for a finishing touch!
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Fence is going up.

One side almost………
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One side is done. ;0) I love my gate.
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Clutch is inspecting the work. Not too shabby!  There is NO WAY that groundhog is getting in here! (I hope!)
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Yea! All done!
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These are the veggies waiting to go into the garden.

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I’ll post more pictures in a few days, or even tomorrow ;0)

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Mitered Squares

First, I’m down to a 14.2 lb loss in the last 5 weeks! The DBF slipped a bit and gained back 2 lbs. We shall see how next week goes. 🙂

The other day I started playing around with mitered squares with some kitchen cotton I’ve had kicking around. Really it was another project that was frogged, then another and frogged again.  I had to do SOMETHING with it!

It’s a little big, which is ok with me, the next one I’ll use smaller needles but, after all, it’s a prototype:image

Today I started filling in with triangles.
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I’m thinking of leaving the sides un-triangled, and getting another color for a border, maybe red.

I started writing up the pattern for it, and will post it here and on Ravelry

As far as those blue socks you see on the right, I’m almost up to the cuff, the pattern is written up to his point, and trying to decide what to do for the cuff.  A plain 2 x2 rib, a twisted rib, or something different???

On the sewing front, I scored 3 patterns at JoAnn Fabric Saturday.  $1.99 each, now how could I not?  I finished one shirt about a week and half ago.  I’m thinking of starting a tank top with the left over fabric.  Still debating.  I saw some awesome skully print jersey that would look to cool as a tank.

I’ll post pics of them later.  ;0)

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Weight Loss, and an Awesome Website with a Swarm of Recipes!

And when I say a swarm, I mean a TON of recipes!

If you haven’t discovered Green Lite Bites then man are you missing out!

The best part (besides the food being delish!) It’s actually good for you! And the BF hasn’t had any complaints! For a guy that loves food NOT to complain, that has to tell you something!

Since I’ve been trying to lose weight, damn POTS meds put a bunch of pounds on me, Roni’s recipes have helped tremendously! It’s been 4 weeks tomorrow, and I think I’ve hit the -10 lb mark. 🙂 Last I knew(Monday), I lost 9.something…….But I’m not weighing myself for a few days, or maybe tomorrow. The BF has lost just about the same too. 🙂

My favorite that I have just about ever night — Banana Soft Serve I usually add frozen Blueberries or frozen Strawberries, and it lasts me two nights. 🙂 can you say yummy? If your doing WW Points + = 0 FREE!!! For a crunch, I add one serving of All-Bran cereal in my bowl +3

Last night we had Deep Dish Crescent Pizza Casserole and OMG it was sooo good! Here’s a shot of my piece. 🙂 If your doing WW Points + = 10. ( I did one layer of the peperoni)
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Bead Trick

An easier way to get the bead onto the knitting—a dental flosser holder thingy! I tried the crochet hook, but actually ended tugging a ply of the yarn never mind dropping the yarn while pulling it through the bead.

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Sorry about the fuzzy pictures.

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First tomato of 2010!

The first cherry tomato appeared all ripe and ready today! It actually came from one of the container plants. We were curious which plants (ground vs container) were to produce first.  The only thing I’ve been doing is watering, and feeding egg shells (crushed) and coffee grounds (filter & all).  They seem to love it!  Best of all, NO CHEMICALS!

There are more cherry tomatoes starting to ripen. They will be gobbled up this week! The beefsteak tomatoes are getting there, can’t wait for those! I’m thinking sauce & meatballs…

Clutch is still curious about the plants, and tries to dig in the garden whenever it’s open, but leaves the plants alone. Next week he’ll be 7 months old!

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Torreyana Casted On—Finally

For some reason my brain failed to realize the stitches were doubled, until this morning.  Maybe it was because I was trying to get the stitches on while supper was cooking last night.  Happens to all of us at one point or another, right? Over hungry and trying to knit or cast on equals disaster!

After 5 tries (I’m not kidding) I finally have all 685 stitches on the needles for the Torreyana Shawl. Why so many times?  Well, it goes like this:

  • Only have one skein to work with
  • tail was waaayyyy too long the first try (when my brain failed)
  • second time tail was way to short  (ok, over compensated there)
  • Third time missed by half the stitches
  • Got impaitiant and just did it again = fail to short
  • ok, now I read the instructions AGAIN
  • ooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhh  each needle = 685  (ok, now i feel like I should of been wearing the dunce cap!  No wonder Clutch was looking at me funny)

See?  This is an example of what can happen when your multitasking, HUNGRY and casting on!  Not a good combo.  At least I gave it a go three time last night before I gave up for the night.

It don’t look like much now, I know.  But there really are two (2) circular needles there.

The yarn I’m using is from NH Knitting Mama. It’s a fingering weight: 80% Superwash Wool & 20% Bamboo.  It’s sooooo soft.  I love working with it.

I know I have a bunch of WsIP, but I couldn’t help casting on yet another project!  I will only do a couple of rows and move on to the Iain Sweater, I swear…. {evil grin}