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Purple Plucky Primo…

…is my newest obsession.

Gorgeous, right?!

I cast on last night for a Vine Loop  in some Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted, and it. is. awesome. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to purchase a sweater quantity during Sock Summit. It was nice to be able to see all the colors in person and pick out exactly what I wanted. And of course, I ended up with the two skeins that I’m using for the Vine Loop and 2 other skeins as well.

I finished my Current Cardigan the other day, blocked it yesterday, and found some buttons that I put on this afternoon. I’ll post more details and modeled shots later this week…but for now, here’s a detail shot:

The Cotton/Bamboo yarn has a wonderful drape and sheen to it.

I haven’t posted much about our garden this year, but we have a whole bed of goodies planted in our neighbor’s yard (she’s not using it and offered to let us use it!) which are doing FANTASTIC. Last year we tried to grow pumpkins and our lone pumpkin plant didn’t do very well. So we decided to buy a couple of starter plants this year and put them next door since they take up so much room. Well, wouldn’t you know it…they just took off and are growing like crazy. We have about 5 decent sized pumpkins out there, which is MORE than enough for us!

Pay no attention to the droopy leaves! It was hot today, and I took this right before I watered! 

I also planted a whole packet of green bean seeds next door in addition to planting 2 starter green bean bush plants. The seeds took forever to germinate and I didn’t think they were actually going to come up. A couple of weeks after planting them, a few of them came up all in one spot. So, I thinned them out and moved the extras down the garden bed a bit. Then all of a sudden a week later there were green bean plants EVERYWHERE. There are at least dozen plants, at all different stages. The two that I planted as starter plants have been producing green beans for a couple of weeks and I can hardly keep up with picking! Every time I think I’ve gotten them all, I see a few more.

I’m thinking we’re going to have to freeze a bunch once the other plants start producing beans! The veggies over in our yard are doing okay. We have tons of tomatoes, but they have yet to start turning red. A couple of our pepper plants are doing well, and so is the lettuce. Unfortunately, our zucchini keep dying before they’re large enough to pick…but I added some garden lime with calcium, so I’m hoping it’ll turn around. I really enjoyed being able to pull a bag of shredded zucchini out of the freezer and make zucchini bread during the winter months!

Well…I think that’s it for now! I’ll be posting some shop update previews tomorrow, but for now…back to the Plucky Primo!

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Silver Falls State Park

I swear this is still a knitting/spinning/sewing/fiber arts blog! But, my knitting productivity has been a little slow with not much to show for it. Not entirely true, I guess. I do have almost a whole entire sweater body done. But I’m just getting to the fancy, pretty part…and until that part is done, there isn’t anything exciting to photograph.

So instead of knitting, I’ll show you some photos I took this week at Silver Falls State Park. On Tuesday, I headed to Silver Falls with my neighbors to do a little hiking and take some photos. We ended up seeing 4 (I think) of the 10 waterfalls and walked a couple of miles on the trails in the park. It was a rare sunny day, so even though it was the middle of the week there were a decent number of people there.

177-foot tall South Falls. See those little white specks behind the falls? Those are people walking on the trail that runs behind the falls.

One of my favorite things about living in the Pacific NW is the intense greenery that is just EVERYWHERE. Love it.

Bottom of South Falls

Lower South Falls – 93 feet tall

We spent several hours exploring, and only saw a small portion of the park. Definitely someplace I’ll be going back to!

In other news, we had a fairly uneventful Memorial Day weekend. On Saturday, Sailor and I headed up Mary’s Peak with a friend and her Border Collie. There was still a decent amount of snow, so our short hike basically consisted of us walking 1/4 of a mile and letting the dogs run wild through the snow. I’m sad I didn’t bring my camera to get their antics on film! On Sunday, Seth returned from his 10-day trip to China! He had a fantastic time, and has lots of great pictures (he took over 700!). Today was our last full day to do yard prep before Seth’s Dad arrives on Wednesday to lay stone on the patio. We picked up bags of mortar for the patio (with the help of a truck rental from Home Depot), mowed the yard, finished turning over the garden beds, bought plants and seeds, and planted. Our lovely neighbor offered to let us plant in her 2 raised beds in addition to the 2 we already have, so we ended up planting a couple of pumpkin plants over in her yard to save some room for more veggies in ours. We planted tomatoes (both cherry and regular), several kinds of peppers, lettuce, radishes, and carrots. I need to make another trip out to get a zucchini plant (only one since our one plant last summer gave us enough zucchini to last all year!) and some green bean seeds. Apparently we also have a couple of blueberry bushes that we never noticed last year. I’m going to go ahead and guess that they were hidden by the overgrown grape vines, but it’s possible we just didn’t see them back there with the raspberries, grapes, and strawberries! Ah, I love the northwest. I’m fairly sure I would not be able to keep a garden alive back east, yet last summer despite some minor setbacks our garden did pretty well!

Knitting progress pictures are coming soon!! Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

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