Amparo Bertram (spacealien_vamp) wrote,
Amparo Bertram

Visions of spring

A few days ago, just before I was about to fall asleep, I had a sudden inspiration for a crocheted blouse made with a yarn dyed in shades of pink and spring green. (Sometimes I design clothes in my head before bed. Usually for fictional characters. It generally never amounts to anything because I never write any of it down.)

Yesterday, while I was on my way to the library to return some books, I passed by the local knitting shop. Since I had time to spare, I stopped in to look around. It just so happened that they had a single ball of yarn in the exact colors that I had envisioned. (It was this yarn, for anyone who's curious.) I knew there was no way I could make a whole blouse out of a single ball, and it was kind of on the expensive side, but it really seemed to be some kind of sign. I caved and bought it.

Now I just have to figure out what to do with it. Since I was going to the library anyway, I checked out as many crochet books as I could carry for design ideas. Maybe I can work something in strips or motifs that I can intersperse with plain white to get more mileage out of the single ball of yarn. If all else fails, at least I know I can order more of the same yarn online, though that would be pricey.

Fall rains are starting up again, which means it's time to get my garden ready for winter. I spent today working on preserving the last of my main crop tomatoes. First I picked all the ripe ones and prepared them for turning into sauce. Then, while those were simmering down, I picked all the green ones to make into relish. Once that was on the stove as well, I tore out all the tomato plants from the raised bed and got started on weeding it. Hopefully next week I'll be able to finish weeding and get the winter peas planted.

Though I keep waffling about it, I've pretty much decided to skip tomatoes next year and just concentrate on growing more beans. While fresh tomatoes are nice to have, they're far too much work to process for storage. Beans are much easier; remove from pod, allow to dry on the table for a day or two, then pour into a jar. Also, I don't have to worry much about competition from wildlife for the beans, as neither the squirrels nor the birds seem to care about them.

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