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Saturday, 30 May, 2009

Do you know how I know it’s the start of summer?

Because of this little beauty right here! I don’t think I’ve ever had a strawberry ripen this early. And we’ve got several more only a few days behind this one.

My husband and I planted eight strawberry plants and five tomato plants in pots on our patio. It’s so lovely to sit out there and see constant reminders that gardening pays off, especially if you’re like me and don’t have much love for it. I promise soon I’ll take pictures of my patio. I want you to see it since it’s where I’ll be spending a big chunk of my summer!

Since we moved into our house in November, it’s been a complete surprise to see what would come up in our gardens.

There are irises planted in three different spots, which makes me very happy since they’re one of my favorite flowers.

All of this evidence of the changing seasons inspired me to cast on for a summery project while I’m waiting for my 60″ circular cables to arrive from Knit Picks. Being that I’ve been on such a cardigan kick, the Whisper Cardigan from the spring issue of Interweave Knits seemed like a perfect project.

I’m using Sundara sock in Mint over Toffee. In the skein this is probably my very favorite color of all time, but knit up? I can’t decide if this is fab or fug. I would really, really appreciate your opinions, keeping in mind the greens are much more mint in person.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Saturday, 30 May, 2009 11:38 am

    I, personally, adore the colors of that yarn knitted up. Maybe not so much for a spring or summer piece, but for fall or even early-to-mid winter, the subdued colors are just right for a neutral, but not boring addition to an outfit.

  2. Saturday, 30 May, 2009 11:41 am

    I have to put my vote in for fab. I love it! That’s a beautiful iris, too. They’re one of two flowers I have in my yard and they’re both “volunteer” plants. I was recently down south and they had gorgeous irises all over the place in so many different colors. If I ever get my act together and do some planting, I think I’m going to go that route.

  3. Saturday, 30 May, 2009 12:10 pm

    We just spent a couple hours working in the back yard. It’s like a jungle back there. I got into a tug of war with an ivy vine; bad on top of a pulled chest muscle. Owwww. Your iris is lovely, I like the paleness of it (mine are very dark). And the strawberry looks tempting!

    And I just noticed your new header pic, very nice!

    Your Whisper looks like fall; I wish I could see how minty the green is. It looks like it’s going really quickly; knit on!

  4. Saturday, 30 May, 2009 12:19 pm

    I think the Mint over Toffee looks good knit up in stockinette, but I think it has the potential to look great in a project with a little more texture. I find that seed stitch and similar textural stitches – even some kind of slipped-stitch motif – show off this type of colorway better than plain knitting. They break up the pooling a bit and create unexpected gleams of light and dark. Anyway, just my opinion! It looks quite pretty as is, too. 🙂

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