Sunday, November 11, 2012

Harvesting: The Last of the Lemon Verbena

Taking advantage of some sunny weather to get into the garden. I need to pot up and protect my lemon verbena plants for over-wintering. 
The stevia needs to be harvested and dried as well.

But I got the garlic in, and covered with a lovely winter blanket of leaves. I'll be so happy to see those green shoots in the Spring!

I'd like to try making some lemon verbena hand cream with this last harvest of leaves. Now for internet research!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Knitting: Organizing my Yarn



Unfortunately, much of this isn't for gift knitting so it just sits there all pretty, calling to me, and making me want to cast on about 10 projects at once. ;)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Knitting: Renfrew and Rathtrevor

I can't resist the call of my new Island book, even though I should be doing my gift knits first. Thankfully, these were quick, so I didn't have to feel much guilt! 

 Rathtrevor: (only my favourite place in the world, and now I believe I have discovered my favourite colour way in the world to go along with it. Charcoal, brown, grey...shades of everything that will go with everything!! Love Love Love.)

Am I wrong to be trying to convince Jay to head over to the Island so I can wear my mitts on Rathtrevor Beach?? Expensive photo shoot, perhaps??

And Renfrew, a quick and lovely slouchy hat, knit with a skein of Tanis Fibre Arts aran in the Dove colourway. Faire chose it for me for my birthday and I immediately cast on (after dealing with a horrible mess of a skein and having to spend 2+ hours winding the damn thing by hand - this is when non-knitters wonder why I don't just buy a hat!!)
I love how these hand-dyed yarns look in the reverse stockinette stitch. And thankfully, Jane designed the pattern to be knit inside out, so very little purling!