Saturday, October 22, 2011

First Saffron Crocus Blooms!

I put the Saffron Crocus bulbs in *before* last fall, but they didn't flower.  Finally they have!  Well, at least one of them has.  I don't know what I'd do, cooking-wise, with just three threads of saffon, so I'm leaving them for now.  There are four more bulbs down there that haven't flowered, so I'm hoping they will soon.

Otherwise, fall is coming on apace.  It's now officially dark when I get up at 6:30.  I hate getting up in the dark, so I am still working on the actual "getting up" part.  I'm more likely to turn off the alarm and sleep for another 40 minutes.  Not 30.  For whatever reason I usually wake up on my own at 7:10am.

But this week I have promised myself I will get up on time and get Ken and me out to the Rec Center to work out.  We've been lazy about it for a few weeks now.  Think I've lost a few pounds anyway, but I need to get back in shape.

Did some early Xmas shopping today.  There were some really good sales, so I took advantage.  Still lots more to do, but I've started.  I also saw some red sweater-knit with furry trim slippers at Penneys that are now on my own Christmas wish list.

The tulip bulbs I ordered in summer arrived this week.  So I now have a big job ahead of me.  I need to weed out the bed where I want to plant and get them in the ground.  It may take a few weekends but that's ok.  Tulips are better left until early November anyway.  These are some really fun yellowy-orange ones: Orange Princess, Cairo, and Silverstream.  I'm going to plant them all together.  I got these from Brent & Becky's Bulbs.  They have a wonderful variety of things.

Anyway, it'll be fun deciding where to put them all.

I also bought some Ipheion uniflorum "Jessie".  Not sure where I'll put those.  They're supposed to naturalize well in lawns, but I don't think we have the kind of lawn most people think of for bulb naturalizing :).  Hopefully in Spring we're going to have someone look at the sprinklers and get them working again.  Once that's done my gardening life will become much easier!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

First Big Crochet Item Leaves Home

Well, the baby blanket is off with Ken to band rehearsal, headed for its new owner.  I made it of washable merino yarn, but that's not the same as washing cotton or something.  You can wash it in the machine, but just tossing it in the dryer like a towel is not recommended.  So I hope it's not too much of a pain for a new mom to take care of.  Little as I like the less expensive acrylic yarns, they do have the advantage of washing and drying easily for babies.

So, the blankie leaves home.  I hope it gives joy.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Trailing of the Sheep

Carol, Cheri, Ken and I went up to Hailey on Saturday to see the Folklife Festival that's part of their Trailing of the Sheep weekend.  We watched sheep being sheared, looked at fiber, yarn, felt, finished fiber-art items, and all the various implements you can use to work with fiber.  There was sheep's milk cheese and merguez sausage to sample.  There were also Peruvian, Polish and Basque groups singing and dancing.  And we ate lamb!  Yum.  Brandi and Kelly were there too, so there were a whole gang of us Scottish dancers wandering around.

I bought some hand cream and a skein of Blue-faced Leicester sock-weight yarn.  Soooo soft!  I'm not sure what I'll do with it yet.  I have a crochet sock pattern that has you stitch the rows long-ways (from toe to cuff-top), which makes the sock stretchier, as crochet isn't a naturally stretchy as knitting.  I've already got some less-expensive variegated red sock yarn that I was going to try the pattern with.  I think I'll rehearse the pattern with that, and if I like it I might use the BFL yarn.  Blue-faced Leicester sheep wool has a longer but curly fiber that is very soft.  The long fibers mean it's less prickly (good for socks) and, if you're a beginning spinner, it's easier to spin.

In fact Cheri bought a drop spindle and some BFL roving at the event, and wants to give spinning a try.  So far I have no desire to spin.  I'm still working on getting better at crochet.  But who knows - maybe I can eventually take advantage of all these spinners around me ;).

Anyway, we had fun on Saturday.  And Ken was our hero for driving up there and back, and putting up with all the shopping and chatter. :)