I was in northern, rural Arizona this week for work. A few photos:
Kristofferson Walker is a badass.
Remember that Kerrisha sweater? Well, my coworker Jane wanted one too — but a bit longer.
She’s going on a cruise soon to Alaska. (I think this little cardigan will be the perfect accessory for such an adventure!)
Fun story: I started a The purl clutching Badass Women’s Knitting Society at work. We meet once a week for lunch and I’ve taught about a dozen ladies how to knit. Jane, who knit many years previously but needed a reminder, is one of several who have quickly surpassed my abilities. She and others now share their complicated patterns and different techniques they’ve learned on YouTube and elsewhere.
Like gardening, knitting is one of those things that brings me together with others with who I may have nothing else in common. But we bond. We talk yarn and the perils of giving a handmade gift and we decompress during our work day. It has unexpectedly brought together a group of women I would have otherwise not gotten to know at work, and now I find myself looking forward to it every week.
Score one for community.
I’m trying to do the math on this latest knitting endeavor and am so thankful Sarah is helping me, being patient while I knit swatches and actually learn gauge. This sweater is going to fit, dang it. And I’m going to wear it in Seattle in three weeks! I need to get going. (And thanks to that link, now I’m wishing I was planning on doing it in stripes. How cute is that?)
In the meantime, I’ve been knitting beanies. They are mindless and I am enjoying using up the bits of leftover yarn from other projects. Because apparently I’m incapable of sitting still until the moment I fall asleep.
What projects are stretching you to learn new things?
We took the canoe out this weekend and the weather couldn’t have been lovelier. White, puffy clouds scattered across the blue sky, with Red Mountain towering in the distance. The mild temperatures were good for everyone — the tubers with their styrofoam coolers of beverages, the life stock — with wild horses and cattle coming down into the water to eat green grasses and algae, and the birds. We saw bald eagles, including one in flight, cardinals, black birds with red under their wings, herons and more.
It was so peaceful to paddle along, hearing the water trickle past the bow of the canoe, and see the fish below, swimming along. In some parts, the water was shallow enough to see electric green feather-like weeds growing around the rocks. It gave the river an otherworldly feel.
Those pickles are going to be delightful. Refrigerator pickles. Who knew this was such a simple thing?
As for the garlic, rosemary, tomatoes and spring onions — I roasted them with olive oil, salt and pepper. After 30 minutes, I threw them in the food processor and made a rustic sauce. I roasted the kale, placed two fried eggs on top, and then added the sauce. It was such a delicious way to eat what was ready in the garden, and a great way to avoid going to the market for another day.
Next round to be planted soon: cucumbers, pumpkins and watermelon.
The garden continues to thrive thanks to a couple of weeks of cooler weather and a bit of rain. The tomatoes are going bonkers. The beets have been roasted and pickled:
The carrots are still delightfully tiny and perfect for the rabbit. (Nutmeg is becoming quite the spoiled bunny. Organic greens only, please.)
We’ve got zucchini for days. The kale, basil and rosemary are still going strong. And the spring onions and garlic are ready too. These cukes are going to become pickles later this week:
Next up: I’m planting pumpkins with my 5-year-old neighbor Jeremiah. And we’ve got heirloom watermelon, pickling cucumbers and squash headed our way for the hot summer months.
What are you growing?