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Early Garden

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to get a community garden plot. I was overjoyed I was able to get it my first year after getting on a waiting list. In this area it is not uncommon to have to wait 2 or 3 years to get a plot. I have a 10 x 20. Though I already know I want to expand as soon as I can. ūüėČ There was a lot of work to do at first. It was covered in weeds and the soil needed a lot of work. Luckily my man has been a major help with doing the hard work and building me a fence.

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One of the very first pea shoots.

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This is the garden right after we started work on it. You can see the arugula at the bottom and the onion starts I got from Territorial Seed.

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This is the garden at the beginning of April. I have cool weather vegetables, like lettuce, Asian greens, and chard. I also have a spot in the garden for onions and carrots. I have a dedicated spot for carrots that I keep all year round. I hope to get a spring, summer and over winter crop of carrots. Right now I have the types Parisienne, Babette and Purple Dragon.

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These are some chard coming up. They are much bigger now. I have three types in the garden but only two are doing really well.

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These are cabbages. I started them inside and transplanted them when they were about 4″ high. I’m not sure they will mature in time before I have to make room for summer crops.

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Here are my peas once they have grown some. I’m also worried they won’t produce a harvest before summer. I have three varieties of peas; Alaska, Prince Albert and Lincoln. The Prince Albert’s and Alaska are doing the best. I did have some trouble with birds eating the tops of the seedlings. I just used a crop cover to keep them safe for a few weeks.

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This last view is a view from the garden plot. In clear weather you can see Mt.Rainier in the distance. It is very peaceful out in the garden. I’ve seen rabbits and coyotes and lots of birds. Hopefully everything grows and I have a bountiful harvest.

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Inkle Weaving

This past weekend I tried my hand at some inkle weaving. I have done card weaving before so I thought I would just give inkle weaving a try. I used DMC Perle 8. It was thread that I just had in my stash. The first band is a pink band with a white chain design.

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The second is an experiment with gilt thread. I have a costume project in mind and I wanted to see if I could weave my own gilt trim. I used some embroidery floss and the gilt strands are actually 2 strung together. I like how it turned out and definitely plan on making some gilt trim for myself.

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Spring

Spring is here. So far the year has been a  bit crazy. However I have been working on projects and enjoying the few sunny days we have. So I thought I would share some pictures. First is the cherry tree that bloom right next to our patio.

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One of the crazy things this year is finding out my wonderful cat has cancer and not much we can do about it. Luckily he is showing no signs of being sick or unhappy so I am just spoiling him as much as possible.

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For the Fort Nisqually Christmas event I decided I wanted to have a new outfit. (No surprise) I had been working on a knit lace collar and decided a wool dress would look great with the white collar. When I saw this fabric online I knew I had to have it. The dress is made with a black sheer wool voile. It has a windowpane weave and  bishop sleeves. The front closes with hook and eyes.

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The collar is knit from white cotton thread. It felt like a never ending¬† process when knitting but was well worth it in the end. It is nice to have a “good” dress for when I volunteer at Fort Nisqually. I have plans to dress it up with a colored silk belt.

Fall

One of the best times of the year is Fall. It is the blessed cool down after a hot summer. Every year my boyfriend and I go out to a farm and get pumpkins. We like one particular farm that carries all kinds of difference squash and pumpkins. We are squash fans so we love getting a large variety. The farm also has some of the most delicious apples and a small  flock of adorable sheep. Here are some pictures from our trip this year.

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This last picture is the stash that we came home with. Dumpling squash, a Naples long, two sugar pie pumpkins, a Japanese pumpkin I don’t remember the name of, the yellow one I don’t remember either, a Marina di Chioggia, and a Turks Hat. Unfortunately the Naples Long got damaged in the car and spoiled. So I think we will be going back to the farm for more squash.

Sweaters

I have really started to enjoy knitting sweaters. It takes a long time but the sense of accomplishment is awesome. Here are two sweaters I’ve made over the last year. The first is almost a year old but I never got around to sharing photos. It is a cardigan with a lace yoke. Very comfortable, I wear it a lot during the colder months.

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The second is a sweater I just finished this week. It is made from an alpaca blend, the yarn was wonderful to work with. It is a loose sweatshirt style with a bow at the neck. I haven’t worn it yet as it is still pretty warm here, but it makes me wish for a cold day.

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The Start of Fall

Here in Washington we are still having sunny days but the nights are getting chilly. It is starting to feel like Fall. Even at the produce stand I’m starting to see Fall fruits and squashes. That being said I have feeling I get ever Fall with wanting to make sure everything is in order before Winter. This means cleaning everything and now it also means canning. I’ve been canning all Summer but it feels like now is the rush. Last night I did red and tomatillo salsa, pears and will beans. Tonight I’m doing even more canning.

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The produce stand also had big bunches of peppers. I’m hoping to make a ristras or pepper string. It will make the kitchen bright and cheerful in the dreary Winter.

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