Monday, March 25, 2013


The weather here has been gorgeous lately so a few weeks ago I planted a few things in my garden. The soil here in the desert is pretty crummy so I stick with containers. Last year I tried basil for the first time and it grew amazingly (until it got too hot). I tried peppers too which were a spectacular failure.

This year I went with basil again and also am giving rosemary and oregano a try.

Here's the basil. Looks good so far. I can't wait until I can make pesto and bruschetta.

This is the oregano. I'm not quite as sure about this one. I took the picture a few days ago and it looks about the same, maybe worse. I actually planted two pots but the second didn't sprout.

Here is the rosemary. It is actually almost twice the size now (still tiny though). I need to figure out what I'm going to use this for.

On a non gardening note, E and I are putting an in-ground sandbox in for the kids. So far we've done most of the digging but still need to put the tarp down and the sand in.

J was "helping"

C wanted to help and offered to pull weeds. Who could refuse an offer like that?

(Yes they are still in jammies but it was the weekend so I didn't care too much)

Can't wait for the backyard to be done!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Work in progress Wednesday

Time for an update on my current knitting projects! One of my projects is still top secret for a couple more weeks but I have updates on the other two. First up: the socks.

They are slightly more done than this picture shows - I just finished sock one earlier this week but haven't cast on sock two yet. I need to get that done soon before second sock syndrome hits. This is Opal sock yarn in the Van Gogh color way Starry Night. It's a basic top down, heel flap sock using my Size 1.5 Hiya Hiyas. (I love my Hiya Hiyas!). Ravelry page is here.

Next up is Serina. This is my first cardigan. I crazily decided to start with a sock yarn weight. I'm using Size 2s and some clearance yarn from Joann's.

I absolutely love the detailing on the back. It took a few repeats to get the hang of it but then it suddenly clicked. Now I'm past the detailing part so it's become great TV knitting. Check out my Ravelry project page here.

I can't wait to wear both of these! For other works in progress check out Tamis Amis!