Monday, June 10, 2019

June Weekending

Hello All,

My intention was to post on Friday, but it quickly became a very busy day at work.  On the plus side, I was able to leave the office shortly after Noon and start my weekend a little early.

Around 3:30 p.m., Fletch and I joined Colin and drove over to the Kimberton CSA Farm.  Col & Mailing bought a subscription for the summer and they get a box of produce every Friday.  They were going away for 5 days, and wanted us to have the goods!  Oh my.  What a lot of food:


There were strawberries and peas, baby turnips, zucchini and yellow squash, parsley, oregano, chives, cilantro, lettuce, scallions, Swiss chard, collards, kale, dandelion greens - I'm probably missing something.  It was a struggle to fit everything into the fridge!  On Saturday it took forever to trim the greens - lol.  I ended up making a huge pot of ALL the greens and then added black eyed peas and fire roasted tomatoes with chilies - sort of a hoppin john.  Fletch said it was really good.  I couldn't eat it because I pulled a couple of worms out of the pot and couldn't be sure I had gotten them all.  The down side of fresh produce!!

The plan was to make zucchini bread, but Colin & Mailing had given us some, so I grated most of the zucchini and it is in the freezer for when I am next inspired to bake some.  We gave some zucchini and lettuce to a neighbor.  We grilled the little patty pan squash last night and it was delicious - very sweet.

So, most of Saturday was spent prepping and cooking food.  Sunday I was able to relax a bit.  Since Colin & Mailing are away, we are on cat duty.  I drove over to their place Sunday after breakfast and stayed for about 2 hours.  It was so nice to sit and knit in their sun room.  Talbot kept me company - staring at me from his perch (or his throne!!) - perhaps he wanted to learn how to knit?


Marcel hung out in another room.  I worked on a new pair of socks in the Tart colorway by Tosh.


The pattern is Gladys - a free pattern on Ravelry.  I am just doing the very top of the pattern (the "rig and furrow" portions and the herringbone pattern) and I met my goal of getting through that portion.  Now it is just plain knitting, so these came to work with me today - hoping for some lunchtime knitting.

Last night I also put some more rows in on my Down the Rabbit Hole socks which are coming along (despite being neglected all last week):


I'm really enjoying this Grapefruit Sangria yarn - so pretty!!

The Odyssey Shawl did not get worked on per se.  But...the lace work includes some new to me stitches (making a hole and Purling 2 TBL), and I decided I'd best try those out on a swatch.  It took a bit of doing, but I feel comfortable now trying those stitches on the actual shawl.  If I'm not too tired after running over to Colin & Mailing's tonight to feed Talbot & Marcel, I may work on it.

Our garden is growing rapidly.  Fletch has been picking sugar snap peas every day!  He says we should have some cherry tomatoes within a week or so.  And our 7 Sisters Rose started blooming over the weekend:


So pretty.  The original bush was growing on Fletcher's grandmother's farm in Suffolk, VA.  His Mom took a cutting and was growing it in Norfolk.  When we bought our house, she gave us a cutting to plant. 

After a beautiful weekend (70's and low humidity), it is grey and rainy today.  The goal will be to stay awake - lol.  Wishing you all a wonderful start to the week - enjoy!

21 comments:

  1. Wow, what a lovely variety of goodies from the CSA! I really love that grapefruit sangria yarn! Lovely! Here is to an easy Monday!

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  2. The veg looks delicious. You needed a rest and relax by Sunday. When you retire you wonder how you ever worked. I never stop working at home.

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  3. That is one big CSA share! John always jokes that a few extra worms in greens or broccoli adds some extra protein, but I'm with you. It's nice to sit and knit in different surroundings while you're on cat duty, and nice that it's not so far away. Beautiful knitting and beautiful rose!

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  4. All that produce looks amazing!!!

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  5. Rainy here today too but it was a beautiful weekend!

    Worms are just a bit of extra protein! Lol! Once, at my grandma's, my mother found earwigs in the mash potatoes... none of us could stomach mash potatoes for a while after that!

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  6. Glad it was a successful CSA box. One year all we got was Burdock root. Well I'm exaggerating but you get the idea. I'm with you on the worms.

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  7. I did MY Gladys in red too. Isn't that Tart color beautiful. Tosh really knows how to dye.

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  8. I LOVE down the rabbit hole! perfect yarn and pattern pairing

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  9. Fresh garden veggies - how wonderful. Hmmm, worms would certainly curb my appetite. Love your knit projects. Hope your knee is healing well.

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  10. That is a lot of veggies. There is no way we could ever eat it all. I love how you went and just sat with the kitties to knit. They have no idea that you're just keeping them company either. :-) How are you doing after your fall? Better?
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  11. Such a lot of produce. You are very creative with it though. Pretty socks - both pairs. Ahh knitting there are always so many choices.

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  12. Oh, I would love to have fresh produce delivered like that!!!
    The new yarn/sock is pretty in the Gladys pattern--I loved making those socks! Rest up!

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  13. Sugar snaps and cherry tomatoes already? We planted early May and aren't any where near fruit from blossoms!

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  14. Oh that CSA haul looks delicious! (except for the worms ... yikes!) and YAY for all the knitting progress!

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  15. Wow, that was a lot of stuff in that CSA box! Good thinking to set some aside for the freezer.

    Love that Tosh colour. And I hope you're feeling much better these days!

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  16. What an amazing array of produce! They must have a big greenhouse to have that much ready to harvest this early. I love zucchini bread so much.. I need to grow some. I'm loving all your knitting works-on-the-go. I'm still working on my Dune blanket. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  17. beautiful food, lovely knitting and wasn't the weather perfect this past weekend? I loved it so.

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  18. I joined a CSA again last year and re-upped for this year, but here in the north our box pick-ups don't even begin until next week! I only get a half-share, and it's plenty! This year, Ali is working one day a week at the farm for a share of her own (and a little knowledge)!

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