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So here are some photos of our little gardens progress. The plants seem to be growing pretty well. One of the rose bushes has started blooming and smells wonderful. You can see the new growth on the second rose bush. Even the honeysuckle has gained a few inches of growth.

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Also I’ve started to fall in love with canning. There is something just very fascinating and fun about it. It is great to take seasonal food and be able to put them aside for later on in the year. Also I like it when I can make my own food rather than buy it. We live in a place with a great farmer’s market and can get some really nice things. I’ve made Strawberry-Rhubarb jam, Strawberry Syrup, Rhubarb Syrup, Sweet Pear and Cherries and some Cherry butter. Hopefully I can tackle some veggies soon.

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Due to the generosity of my friend Xenia I was able to get a new camera. I AM SO EXCITED!!!!! It feels so good to have a good camera again. So expect lots of pictures and maybe some art photography again. So of course I had to try out my camera. I took picture of the little patio garden we have going right now. We have roses, a honeysuckle, a lavender, and a thorn less raspberry. The camera is a Nikon Coolpix L105. I also took a few pictures of the view from our patio. I love sitting outside in the good weather and watching the ships.

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Learning Curve

I am a combined knitter. Why? Probably because I am a self taught knitter and I did what came naturally to my hands. Now combined knitting has treated me well. I find I can do simple knitting without even looking at my hands because I can feel my stitches. It’s great for chatting with friends. However I started having problems when I tried to correct my knitting and knit in the round.

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As you can see from these socks. One is all nice and flat and the stitches lay nice and neat. The other…..not so much. The squirrelly sock is one that I tried to knit more like I should and it caused all the stitches to tilt. Now this happens when combined knitters work in the round. When we knit flat working in the two directions fixes this tilt. Not so in the round. So I searched the internet and found a fix. Which is to take my yarn around the opposite direction on the needle. Guess what? It worked! The nice looking sock is knit in the combined style but with the yarn wrapped clockwise not counter-clockwise. Now I can knit in the round without getting the twist effect.

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