Up front – I am not a gardener. I love the grounds surrounding our house. The patch of grass that needs to be mowed is tiny and I keep forgetting about it. We don’t have any flower beds, just extensive perennial green stuff – plants, ground cover and bushes that are almost no care.
One of the green plants

When the jungle gets too bad the DH takes out large pruners and wears off a lot of energy. I bring him drinks, sympathize and stay as far away from the work as I can.

Other than the rose, I have no clue what most of these are, but I have things with buds. Soft pink to shades of red on several different kinds of bushes. They look beautiful in the evening light.
A rose
Pink thingOne of the yellow budsPink thing
By tomorrow, I might even have some blooms.


Taking a deep breath, I took it out again and even entered it as a project into Ravelry. Looking carefully, I figured out where in the 24 row repeat I was, and managed to finish the first full repeat and start on the second. My plan, at the moment is to complete three full repeats of the smaller tulip (the back) before starting the heel. My pal asked for “not terribly long cuffs.” The larger tulip will continue down the instep. Since I will get there in the next day, I have to figure out what I want to do with the heel. Perhaps leave a bit of the loops running down each side, ending right before I start the heel decreases.


My rest up knitting is the Sea Dragon. I made good progress today, finishing the first sock and starting the second. And I went ahead and knit top down. I find I have a serious issue with insuring length of the foot with toe up that I do not have with top down. Perhaps it is just that I have knit so many socks in the standard methodology that it all the decreases fall into place automatically. Ah, well, perhaps it was the instructions. In any case – sock progress and pattern detail.
First Sea DragonStitch Detail

Tomorrow I head to Landstuhl via train. Computer to get fixed, Hail & Farewell to attend and packages to mail. And 100 knitting minutes each way. Good deal for me, even if it means that I am starting out before 0700 in the morning.


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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One Response to Buds

  1. Pat says:

    Your Sockapalooza pal is going to have the prettiest socks in the whole swap!!!

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