garden starts

It’s been all secret knitting around here lately, which isn’t very good for blogging! But now that the weather has turned (maybe?) and it’s a bit brighter and warmer, it was time to get some garden stuff going.

I picked up a bunch of tiny pots at the dollar store to start my seedlings this year – I’m a bit tired of peat pellets, and I can reuse these ones next year! Plus, the plants will have a little more room and maybe I won’t have to┬árepot them again before transplanting.

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I’m starting extra tomato plants this year even though we won’t have room for all of them on the deck. Some local friends will get lucky with free plants!

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The basil is doing nicely from seed. I’m planning to do aggressive pruning on the plants to see if I can get them to grow bushier. Varieties: Italian large leaf and dark opal basil from Cubits.

basilseeding

tomatoseeding

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Tomato varieties: Riesenstraube, which was the first to germinate, looks pretty great and was our biggest producer last year; Black Cherry, Ivory Pear, Black Prince, Purple Cherokee, Sungold, Matt’s Wild Cherry. I was really excited to find the Sungold seeds at West Coast Seeds, along with a small variety of zucchini (Patio Star) and peas (Little Marvel)!

Unfortunately even with my nifty popsicle-stick labelling system I’m pretty sure I’ve mislabeled at least one tomato!

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I haven’t spun much in ages but there’s been lots popping up in my Instagram, and it’s inspiring! I wanted to take a little time off knitting this past weekend so I pulled out a few braids. Marge is unimpressed. (Yes, we have the Lego Simpsons House.)

new ruffles!

Hopefully I’ll have some new patterns to share with you soon!

New Pattern: Crestline Cardigan

It’s pretty gloomy here today (rain/snow mix? ugh) so I’m combatting the blahs by releasing a new lace cardigan pattern, Crestline!

Crestline Cardigan

I knit this cardigan last summer and wore it on vacation in Vancouver, but the season was already shifting to woolly cabley goodness for fall, so I didn’t release the pattern. I’m glad I held onto it though!

Crestline Cardigan

The backdrop is Pearl Bracelet by Lizzy House – I love her fabrics and since I don’t have a lot of time to sew right now, it was a good way to use it somehow ;)

Crestline Cardigan

Crestline is knit from the top down, seamlessly, with just a few skeins of sock yarn. The lace portion is both written and charted. I can’t wait till it’s actually warm enough to wear it – it’s started snowing just as I’m finishing this post!

Queue and Fave on Ravelry!

FO: Laceweight Bestellen Shawl

I started this laceweight version of my Bestellen Shawl pattern not long after I finished the original fingering weight version, but it was pushed to the wayside (aka the bottom of a works-in-progress basket) for awhile there. I picked it back up last week and finished it off to give as a birthday gift!

Bestellen Shawl

The yarn is madelinetosh prairie, which is a wool laceweight single. The colour is super hard to capture! I think it was Forestry? Just right for a birthday gift on St. Patrick’s Day!

Bestellen Shawl

I didn’t make any modifications to the pattern other than knitting it on 3.5mm needles and extending the bottom ribbing by a few rows to use up more yarn. It’s a good size, and the recipient put it on right away ;)

Bestellen Shawl

Perfectly lightweight for spring! The Bestellen Shawl pattern is available on Ravelry here.

Reading: The Jenna Fox Chronicles. I actually really loved all three books!