Sunday, April 25, 2010

Bo And The ...Beanstalk...er...stalks???.....

She talks kinda lazy,

And people say she's crazy,

Her hair is kinda wild & free...

("Love Goes Where My Rosemary Goes", Edison Lighthouse)

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I have no idea why these two idgits are fighting up there. But you have to admire Little Baby's spunk---and you really have to watch out for her crochety moods. She's so old it isn't funny but yet she still has it in her to frighten the bejezus out of idgity Leonard, even though he's younger and obviously stronger!

At times Blaine and I have found tufts of Leonard's black fur on the ground and Blaine or me will say something like: "Good Lord, it looks like Little Baby snatched him bald again! It's a wonder he still has any head fur left!"

And no, I didn't purposely teach her that "southern" tendency of snatching someone bald when annoyed with them. She must have absorbed it from me like osmosis. Snatching somebody bald is a special skill which isn't that easy to pull off properly. It mostly isn't used these days except by stern southern grandmothers on their wayward grandchildren...

...especially those wayward grandchildren who do such ridiculously foolish mischief as to have a pancake-flipping contest with her sister, whereby most of the pancakes end up either stuck to the ceiling, tossed behind the stove, or landing "hat-like" on.... well.... their grandmother's head as she barges into the kitchen to see what in the hell all the maniacal laughing is about....

Anyway, Little Baby has gotten so grumpy in her old age, and Blaine and I have frequently had to resort to breaking up these two idgity cats' squabbles--- and sending one upstairs and the other downstairs for what we call "Cat Time Out"...

Anyhoo, onwards I knit on the Little Red Riding Hoodie.

Below is the picture of the part of the wrist which flares out from the long ribbing in order to accomodate my stubborn desire to adorn the sleeves with the tiny leaf trim I am knitting out of crochet cotton. But I can't make up my mind on whether to put it on the outside of the cuff edge or else on the inside with just the leaves peeking out. One problem is that the sleeve is just a tad too long--- and much as it aggravates the hell out of me, I'm going to have to frog it back about 7 rows, leaving the flared-out area skinnier than I desire, but oh well--such are knitting foibles....

(And don't worry--it looks better on the arm in person than it does in this picture.)

Below is my iCord machine which I'm using to make the length of iCord for the drawstring of the hood. And I plan on putting multi-colored pom-pons on the ends of the cording. (You know me---I can never leave well-enough alone....)

Below is the whole shebang "in progress". As you can see, I finally started the hood. I know it looks kind of collar-ish right now but don't worry---it will be a hood. And as I knit it, I'm daydreaming about various ways of working out certain details for the whole garment--things that I'll add at the end. I have the buttonband area to deal with---maybe frog enclosures out of the black cord?....plain loops with toggles?....who knows! I have several ideas cooking.

And, of course, the hood has to fit right---I'm thinking of using paired decreases in the back to make some sort of gussetty-looking shaping which will round the hood onto the head in the back, skull area. (Don't know if I explained that clearly enough.)

(Is "gussetty" a word?)

Oh yes! I've got more progress reports to show! Behold the upside-down 'mater plant below! Even though we've had 3 straight days of rain and clouds and, as we southerners are wont to say, the tomaters are doin' jis fine and dandy, thank yew!"

However, the pot of snap bean seeds below (peeking from the dirt) epitomizes the concept of "better late than never". I know it seems wrong to plant aggressive vegetable vine plants in pots instead of the ground, but notice how I have stuck stakes in there for the young plants to vine around. And then whenever they get too long for the stakes, I will move the pots next to the deck's bannister railings---and let the vines twine around them for the duration. I've never done it this way before so it should be interesting.

The three perky snap bean plants below are show-offs and are trying to outshine the others. (And they're doing a very good job of it.)

If you look closely at the picture below, you can see some more snap bean seeds trying to sprout out of the dirt near that pretty little one that's already started its little self.

(Bless their little snap bean hearts....)

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12 comments:

danielle said...

You are such a talented woman! RRH is so beautiful - I am in awe! Our cherry tomato plant is doing well in our Topsy Turvey but had to replace the first bell pepper - I think he rotted from all the rain (heard on the news that local farmers were complaining that it was jsut too wet to put in peppers - and that they were having to throw out some strawberry plants cause of mildew!)

Bo... said...

Thank you so very much, Danielle!! And we've had several days of rain, too, which I worried would hurt the upside down cherry tomato plant and all the other baby plants---but they seem to be doing okay. My sister says rain water is somehow "better" than tap water...so I guess I'll find out!

Charlotte said...

Since you've got to rip the sleeve back, why not rip it back far enough to take the extra length out of the ribbed part. That way you can have the flared part as long as you want.

Bo... said...

Hi Charlotte! I think I'm going to take your suggestion because it makes more sense and I do want the flared-out area a pretty decent size---thank you!

Hapi said...

hello... hapi blogging... have a nice day! just visiting here....

Cindy/KS said...

I was thinking along the same lines a Charlotte - so think that must mean we are right - take it back to the ribbing to take out the extra.

Bo... said...

Hi Hapi! Thanks for visiting!

Bo... said...

Yep, Cindy---you guys are right and so that's exactly what I'll do!

Meg said...

Wow! LRRH is amazing! Did you sketch it out and chart it before hand or what? I really like the leaf edging peeking out of the cuffs that way. It reminds me a little bit of those lacey cuffs that you see sometimes in Victorian clothing.

Bo... said...

Hi Meg! Thank you very much! At the beginning, I made a "kind of" sketch to give me an idea for the bottom and the cables---but for the fair isle part and all the rest, I designed it as I went. (Which means that frogging has become my friend, heh!)

Anonymous said...

It's beautiful Bo, it's just beautiful.

By the way, your chicken soup is still a favorite at our house.

Bo... said...

Thank you very much, Anonymous!