Friday, April 22, 2011

Colors and Stripes and Squares, oh my!

Before I get to the colors and stripes I want to share one of our favorite garden books.  This is primarily about gardening with and for kids, but I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't enjoy this little gem of a book.  It's called Roots Shoots Buckets & Boots by Sharon Lovejoy.  It is an ablsolutely delicious book full of the neatest ideas for kids (and kids like me)!  And it will literally be delicious should you grow some of the treats inside.

As you can see by this picture, we were working very intently on planning our garden.  We may have missed the early spring planting season, but we will be ready for summer veggies here.  If only it grows as planned, lol...

This is one of our Favorite Gardens!  It is exactly as it implies - All Big Stuff.  This is our first year attempting this By-The-Book and we are very excited about it.  I promise to take pictures as we go and share with you and hopefully there will actually be something giant to marvel at!

I'm sure ours won't be picture perfect, but we certainly are going to try!  This illustration is very inspiring, isn't it?

This is such a wonderful perspective on gardening and the book helps you prepare and layout the whole thing.  Now just cross your fingers and hope for the best!  Come on sunshine, come on rain.  Let the growing begin.  Oh, now I'm just getting ahead of myself.  It's not even planted yet...

So for some color:

This is just a peek at my WIP.  It's still a stringy mess, but I'm so excited about it that I have not been able to take the time to finish as I go.  I just keep making rows and now squares.  I'm having so much fun making squares I'm going to have to find another use for them!  I was inspired by the colors and the whole granny thing (squares and stripes) by Lucy over at Attic24.  If you haven't checked out the Attic, you really need to.  Lucy is inspiring soooo many folks in soooo many ways.  It's really such a joy to check in on her.

Also, my lovely little recent accomplishment:

This is a little baby shrug.  It's adorable, really.  Rows of double crochet with shell edging and shell cuffs.  Too cute for words.  I added to the pattern and changed it up a bit, mostly to accomodate my Sweet P's little (um, chubby) arms.

This is the part that goes across her back from the shoulders down to her waist.

To be worn as such.  I find ponchos aren't too easy for her to wear yet at this age and this is a wonderful solution.   Just enough to wrap across the back and keep little busy arms warm.  I had bought 3 little rolls of cashmere blend yarn on sale a couple of years ago and have been waiting for just the right pattern to use it.  Finally, I found it!

Well thanks for looking and listening, friends.  I need to go do Happy Easter things with my little people and hopefully find time to finsh up my stripes!  I'll be back soon with more to show! 

Happy Easter!  Chris

1 comment:

  1. That book looks like so much fun! We're in the midst of garden prep here, too, but we don't have nearly as much usable space to work with. The plants may just have to spill into my neighbor's yard a little. (oopsies, lol!)

    I love the blanket. It reminds me of that book, A Bad Case of Stripes. That shouldn't be an insult, though it may seem to be. The blanket is a good case of stripes, but would be fun to cuddle up with if you weren't feeling top-notch. Very pretty!


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