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Market market market

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It feels like all I post is market stuff.

This is because I keep forgetting to take photos of the gloves and stuff I’ve finished.

This week’s loot:

Why yes, those ARE gouda cheese curds you see at the front. So glad you asked. Also bok choi, radishes, eggs (holy shit none broke on the bike home!), 4 lamb sirloins, jalapeno plant, sweet banana pepper plant, kohlrabi, varenyky (I FOUND A UKRAINIAN STALL), and potato and cheese pirogi (I FOUND A UKRAINIAN STALL). Not pictured is the Indian lemonade (made with rosewater it’s so good guys) and pulled bbq chicken from the bbq guys I got bbq sauce from last time. I ate them both. Stuffed. In. My. Face. Or drank, as the case may be.

That, my friends, is my lone ripe strawberry. I’m letting the backside also redden up a little and then I’m going to eat my first HOMEGROWN strawberry of the season. 😀

And, because you haven’t seen these guys in a while:

Neville (the brown hooded one) and Winston (the white one) wanted to know what mummy had brought home. 🙂 Winston still has the sniffles but he’s sounding slightly better. Stewart was having none of it and stayed asleep in his hut. Well, he poked his head out, but I wasn’t really surprised that he had little interest in me dragging stuff in.

Maybe he’ll be interested in the hardboiled egg I give them later.

I have two projects to show you guys, just waiting on Stephen to visit so I can take decent pictures of the man hands sized projects. And get a zipper. So that’s three projects. How’re you?

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The Most Edible Time of the Year

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That’s right peeps it’s FARMER MARKET SEASON HERE. Yeeees.

Scored me the following lovelies:

We got spring garlic in the back, my favourite type of garlic omg. Spring onions on the side, ground lamb, ginger, lamb jerky, bbq sauce I adore, french breakfast radishes, and spring asparagus. Look how thing it is! Also the pot is basil.

Let’s look up close at that ginger:

Doesn’t it look like a little headless lizard?! It freaks me out. Ginger freaks me out, but it’s so tasty T_T. This is gonna end up in EVERYTHING this week.

Plant update time too.

Strawberry is making me super excited.

That’s the largest and it’s still unripe, but I will savour it when it’s done. There’s a lot of growth on the plant too:

Then we have my pot of french breakfast radishes I just sort of tossed seeds in. I’m having to prune it–but I think I’ve got everybody all ready and spaced properly.

And the Serano peppers just grow sooooo sloooooooooooooooow.

Shucks right?

In any case, I hope you are eating well and eating lots! Also that your plants (if any) are coming along. 🙂

Sockdate

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These particular pair of socks were started a while back, and they are another of my ‘make for another person’ socks. I am pleased that the materials cost me all of $2, and I had fully intended to make myself socks because of it. (I got the yarn on sale) Instead, I decided to make my good friend Dangland a pair of socks, cause I’d been telling him I would since who knows when.

First, I made a sock without checking gauge and ended up with this:

Remember that one?

Since I was dissatisfied with the attempt, I decided to pick something with purls and no colour work, that would be easy to carry around. Thus, I selected one from Knitted Socks Around the World. The sock is composed entirely of British motifs, and I find this really fitting since the one getting the socks is British. 🙂 The wool is Paton’s, which I love, and which I think he’ll love too. I meant to make something colourful for him, but alas, it did not hapen. Instead, I used a very interesting gray and brown blend.

Enough chat, have pictures.

The ‘showstopper’ on the front (and mirrored on the back) of the leg is the pine tree:

I figure it’ll show up better on him; these are a little too loose for me. Around the ankle, just before the short-row heel (and I love how the heel is done, different from how I learned short row heels, and much neater too):

We have a lovely little lattice thing. And down the top of the foot, more cables, these interspersed with knits and purls:

Not to be missed, the sides of the legs also have some cables, of a more simple nature:

This pattern is amazingly pleasing to work. It’s got enough variation to keep one engaged, but the repition and patterns you can find make it easy to work each section without constant referral to the pattern itself. The short row heel is the best thing ever (really, and I’m not a short row heel person), and once you realize how it works, it’s easy to get rid of the hole at the join (which I did on the second sock).

In Tour prep news, I’ve got nearly a pound washed of Wilbur so far, with another 9 ounces to go before this evening.

Farmer’s market haul this week was also delicious:

with spring garlic and onions and all their delights joining my home. (also a honey stick on top of those two shoulder steaks of lamb. I love lamb, and I’m so glad I had some money for it this week)

I’m meaning to post a recipe for a good farmer’s market based pasta sometime soon, so stay tuned for that. Also, Lizette should be seamed (FINALLY) sometime today, and I’ll get a post up on that lovely sweater as well.

Lovely Day for a Bike

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Actually, it was. I think biking when it’s warm enough that rain feels good is one of my favourite things, as I can bike until I feel ready to quit–and quitting isn’t based off of how hot it is but actual muscle tiredness. I always feel like I could bike forever when I’m soaking wet in a good spring rain.

Before we finish that story, let’s take a quick look at some knitting and fiber. This is how I can manage to claim this is still a knitting blog after so long, after all:

That’s Lizette, roughly assembled so you can see that it’s nearly done. I need to work 36″ of i-cord, do a 3 needle bind off for the front, and seam up/sew in ends that I didn’t before it’s finished, but I’m fully expecting that I’ll be able to wear it come Tuesday for work. It’s going to be a great work shirt, and I’m very excited. Plus, it looks like I will have one full ball leftover once I’m done, and I have no idea what will happen to it. Maybe a new crochet potholder? Who knows!

On the spinning front, I am completely done with the purple stuff. I think it’s Corriedale (it felt like Corriedale), but whatever the case, I’m pretty pleased with the end result. There’s just enough difference in the two batches that I think it’ll make a great set of (thick) (also warm) colourwork mittens or some such. Maybe give some double knitting a try for a hat? Not sure! In any case, the darker has 168 yards to 4 oz, while the lighter is 161 yards to about 4 oz. Those weights aren’t exact, but I did start with 4 oz of each, so that’s what we’ll call it for now.

I am not showing the photo of the work-in-progress design, but I have figured out a use for the Kauni. Once completed, it will be photographed in resplendent glory, and then I’ll have a pattern up very shortly after. I’ve been on a big design kick since school ended–probably because it gives me a good use for time that no longer is eaten up by homework. Spring is also the biggest time for me to be inspired, it seems–the loss of winter’s chill and snow makes me want to create everything. Not a bad thing by any means.

Which also means, provided I work it out, we’ll have a very pretty lacy arm warmer design started right after I finish Dangland’s socks, to eventually also be written up and made into a pattern. That’s what the Rowan Tweed will end up doing–I even have a stitch pattern that could work picked out.

On the non-knitting front, let’s have a tomato plant update!

They’re getting a bit bigger. It’s been about 2 weeks since I brought them home and planted them. Perhaps the biggest thing is how much greener and bushier they’ve gotten since I bought them–they don’t seem to have gotten terribly much taller. I’ll be biking out to Ace to pick up a support for all of them in about 2 weeks, that way I can tie them to it once they get their little fruits going.

As the talking about rainy bike rides might give away, I went to the farmer’s market today despite the rain. I was out in the nice showers for a good 2 and half hours, and by the time I got home I was thoroughly soaked. So was everything with me. However! I feel like I had a good time anyway, even if I needed a nap after all the biking and walking around.

We have bacon, asparagus, heirloom lettuce thing, snow peas, spinach, green onion, strawberries, radishes, and 1 (one) unpictured zucchini that’s already been used for my dinner tonight. It was really a good zucchini. I’d never had radish before, and Cleverly had me try one, which immediately made me buy two bunches of the buggers. Radishes are good–I never knew. I also had a snow cone, of the blue flavour. Delicious.

Things seem to be going pretty good around these parts, at least for now. I hope everyone else is doing well!