Monday, August 13, 2012

Harley and I went to the front porch to escape the morning cat fight chase.  Bella and Maude are not dividing the territory in a peaceful way.  Out on the porch it's quiet.  There's knitting.  And coffee.  No spitting, hissing and galloping.
Birds singing, cicadas whining and a soft breeze make the front porch a good place to be.
If left to my own devices, I might sit here all day and finish this second sock.
Or I might dive back into the brilliant Cassis sweater that has been languishing in a bag all summer.  
What do I love about this pattern and this yarn?  Everything.  If you haven't knit with Quince & Co yet, you are in for a treat.  Unfortunately, I cannot knit away the hours this fine morning.  My mother is coming for a visit near the end of the week and I have a lot to do in preparation.  I wouldn't want her to think that I've neglected the gardens -
Truth be told - they've gotten ahead of me this season.  And it's been really hard to knuckle down and wrestle them back into some semblance of order!  While the hydrangea and nicotiana hold their own -
The long border is a disgrace.  The weeds in the vegetable garden tower over my head - this is no lie!  And I stand 5'10" in my stocking feet, so we won't go there.
I included this shameful image because I wanted Mrs. Pom to see the thalictrum (tall lavender spires) which has had absolutely NO attention this season.  And yet, it thrives.  I think that it might be a good selection for the Cape.  It makes a graceful screen when planting closely together.  Don't look at the weeds.  Oh, that's true - it's weeds everywhere one looks!

The grasses ask little of a lazy gardener.  Even in the deep heat of august they appear fresh and healthy.

Someone wants to go outdoors and devil those squirrels.  


Loretta a/k/a Mrs. Pom said...

I love the thalictrum (tall lavender spires)! I was just deciding on Russian sage and beach roses but afraid I don't get enough sun in the back. Perhaps this will be a good sub for the Russian sage? Enjoying being in our house and sitting in the backyard as much as going to the ocean. (And definitely more than sailing!) Kids don't understand the yearning just to sit in one place with all my art supplies and just "be"!

Delisa said...

Hi Jody! Harley looks like he is enjoying the "knitting time" too. Barkley likes to sit with me when I knit also, I think he picks up on the happy, serene, zen-like feeling. He also likes to listen to soft music. He will come in and lay down right in front of the speakers. He especially seems to enjoy lilting Celitc tunes. I know it sounds silly but he really does. I love your yarn, the socks are heavenly. I am still working on the teal shawl from my friend Winlove. It is a very jewel toned color and there is something cool, refreshing and shady about it. I am about 2/3rds of the way finished. I am using some self control and trying not to start anything else until I finish it. Well my dear, I will close for now and go back to making our dinner. We are having penne pasta with marinara and Italian sausage! I hope you gave a nice evening and a wonderful visit with your Mom. With Love, Delisa :)

Delisa said...

Jody! I just got back from the post office and opened my surprise! Oh, thank you so much. I just love it completely, utterly love it! The bag is perfect. How did you know that I needed one just that size? You must have read my mind. The other day I took my shawl project to the knitting circle at our local yarn shop and I didn't have a bag big enough to carry it in. This is great for larger projects. I will use it forever!

I also really love the pink soy yarn and the little charms and details inside the bag. The poppy print and the bees and the retro alarm clocks were a awesome combination! What sweet and encouraging words in the print of the material too. I am doing a lot of "Joyful Shouting" in my heart this afternoon. :)

Barkley loved his little toy as well and has been playing with it constantly for the last hour. He was so happy! As soon as I started opening the package he came up and started sniffing and excitedly putting his paws up on the countertop. It was like he could smell there was something in there for him too! :)

Thank you again Jody and I really treasure your gift and the encouraging friendship we have developed online. You are a very supportive, genuine, generous and inspiring person. Have a great evening ahead! With Love, Delisa :)

Wendy Luane Barber said...

Love the sock and the fact that you can sit on the porch with no hissing, spitting and whatnot. LOL

Susie Swanson said...

Love your post and your beautiful knitting and quilting.. I found you through Delisa.. When she mentioned it in her post I knew I had to check it out..I'm your new follower..Susie