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Amparo Bertram

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08:28 am: Wool wishes
Things have been quite busy around here as the fiscal year draws to a close. I've finally finished the last of my assigned overtime, so my work schedule is now back to normal.

Catching up on events, the weekend of the 16th I was spending all of my free time completing a knitted baby sweater for a friend's baby shower on the 17th. I got it done just in time, and it turned out pretty well for my first project, though I forgot to take a picture of it before I gave it away. (I've worked on knitting other things, but I haven't finished anything else yet.)

Once that was done, I immediately set about designing a cabled sweater for wednesday_10_00's doll. Designing a sweater from scratch is quite an undertaking, particularly since the doll doesn't conform to normal human proportions. So far, I have finished the front half and have started on the back. It's looking nice at this stage, and I'm hoping it will be even better when it's assembled.

Another task I'm working on is an experiment with tie-dyeing yarn. If this color comes out a reasonably attractive shade, I'm planning to use it for my next knitting project. I have my fingers crossed that it will be pretty.

I have a lot of work to accomplish in the garden, and not enough spare time, as usual. The bean harvest is finishing up, and the figs are slowing down now that the weather is turning cooler. That means it's time for planting the peas so they can get a head start before it begins raining and the slugs come out. In the back yard, I had to harvest a bunch of self-seeded parsnips to clear up space to plant out the peas, which I did last weekend. This weekend my intent is to work on the front yard. I have also managed to get the pruning done on my ume and apricot trees as well as the blackberries.

I'm pleased to see that my kumquat trees are covered in blossoms this year. I suspect that they needed the hot temperatures we got this summer, since they've never bloomed this prolifically before. The bees appear to appreciate all the flowers. If I'm lucky, I'll get a good crop of kumquats this winter. I'm trying to root a few grape vine cuttings from the variety that fruited so well for me this year; several of them seem to be doing well, I just have to keep an eye on them because raccoons keep knocking the jars over while stealing my figs. I'm hoping that the roots will grow large enough that I'll be able to plant them out in January.

I have taken a couple days of use-or-lose leave to give myself a four day weekend starting tomorrow. We'll see how much of that time I will end up spending on the yard.

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