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I finished a sweater! I really can’t believe it. I used to be the knitter who could whip out a sweater in a month. This one took a year and I feel like that was speedy!* This is Finlaggan by Kate Davies. (my project is on Ravelry) It’s impeccably written and fits just like it should.
Don’t mind the uneaven hems, I was paying attention to something else and didn’t straighten them before the shutter snapped. It’s been ages since the last WIP post for this beauty. But that’s because it got so unwieldy as it grew. It’s hard to take pictures of 3/4’s of a sweater on the needles without them all just looking like a lump of fabric posed in different locations.
But I whittled away at it all spring. Took a break for most of the summer. And worked on the yoke on and off during the fall. Then in November I started planning my gift-along knitting, finished Willow’s hat, and couldn’t start any of the things I was excited about (because gift-along projects all had to start after 8pm on the first day.)
So I picked up this sweater and realized I was 6 yoke rows and a shawl collar away from done. I got it all wrapped up before thanksgiving, and then wove in the ends and did the blocking last weekend. Now I have a cozy new sweater! Which is great because winter arrived early and shows no signs of leaving us before spring.
Bring on the sweater weather.
*of course I was knitting other things too. I’m just not able to stick with one big project for that long.
My collection of unusual house plants has grown again! Let me introduce my new air plants.
Air plants are epiphytes. Like orchids they don’t require soil, just water and sunlight.
I started out with just one little red guy who hung out with my succulents. Since moving to the kitchen counter he’s grown a tiny (but observable!) amount. These plants grow very slowly, so that growth qualifies as exciting.
Now that he has some friends I’ve set up a new display. Each air plant (tillandsia) got one spirally cradle. And then I added spirally hooks to a tree branch.
The tree branch was free, and the wires all came from paperclips.
Which made this a very low budget project. Thankfully.
I’m really pleased with the spirally bits. I can’t get decent photos of the whole setup though, because my phone camera can’t focus that precisely.
That little lady has a bloom coming soon!! I’m very excited.
My collection of succulents just keeps growing. I love them so much.
The newest teacup resident is named Rosetta. The first one I got, Willow, is starting to grow some offshoots, which is super exciting for me. I’ve never had a succulent happy enough to propagate that way before. The next one back (Gwen) had her offshoot when I bought her.
I call these little babies the Pleiades, even though there aren’t 7 of them. But there could be, I mean, there’s more space in that bowl! And another very happy succulent lives here:
But again, he was beginning to bloom before I brought him home.
Then there’s my home-grown succulent kinder-garden (thanks to Karin for that name!)
I got 5 out of 5 leaves to root! I’ve added another 6 to the plate recently. We’ll see how my success rate holds up.
This sweet one is too big for a teacup. So for now he’s still in a plastic pot, and nameless. (and apparently you can see my dirty sink in that photo too. Hooray?)
I’m picking up a new hobby. I don’t think it’ll cut into my knitting time too much. And they’re so cute
Meet my new little succulents in their teacup garden. I picked up Willow first:
(Windsor decided to name her after the baby, not me.)
I used to have quite a few houseplants. But I suffered a nasty fight with post-partum depression this summer and they were all casualties. Except for this guy:
We named him Spike and repotted him after I picked up Willow. (the plant, not the baby. Do not attempt to repot cacti while holding babies.) Poor Spike came to me years ago after surviving a hail storm on someone’s deck. So he looks a little worse for the wear. But hopefully he likes his new friends! The tiny cactus in the first photo is an offshoot from Spike. I’m waiting to see if it survives separation before giving it a cup of its own (and a name, apparently.)
Gwen joined the party this weekend. They sell these adorable things for $3 at my local garden center – teacup not included. But that’s ok, because I’ve got space for at least 5 more: