Monday, May 28, 2012

The Heat Is On!

It is Memorial Day today. The official kick off to the summer season. I get a little crazier than normal this time of year. Perhaps it's heat. Probably not.

When the dust control guy comes to spray our gravel, I do a little jig, sing "Oh Happy Day", and post silly things on Facebook annoucing his arrival. I don't even know his name, but I love him just the same.
I can't remember what the application is that is sprayed on
the road but it's a wonderful bouquet of soy sauce and molasses.
I do other dumb things like turn on the air conditioner for my geriatric dogs while I'm sweating away at the farmer's market. Then I do the opposite. I turn off the AC when I'm at home and it's 90 degrees outside (like right now). Or, better yet, I turn off the AC and roast a chicken in the oven (like I did yesterday).

Living the good live at Chez Farm Genevieve.
And I watch for every blooming thing that I can gather and make into a natural dye. Hollyhocks make a good natural dye, but you have to collect a lot of them. And, truth be told, I am a little lazy so I leave them for the bees and hummingbirds.
Regardless of the hot temperatures and summer distractions, I work with wool almost every day. I know some folks don't like to handle wool during the summer, but I can't be without it. It's my life. Living la vida loca.

I just finished some heathery pink yarns which are a "by-prodcut" of another project I am working on. (It's a top secret project and I'll tell you about it some other time. Right now it's just between me and 007 and four or five other people!).
Can you say fabulous?
I've also finished some knitting projects. Yes, FINISHED. F-I-N-I-S-H-E-D. Lately, I found myself telling (read: whining) to my market customers that I never have time to knit. Well, that thought kept me awake at night. And, because I'm my own worst enemy, I challenged myself to get some knitting done using only my handspun yarn. So I did. See, I won! Wait, what did I just say? Did that make sense? See, I'm a little crazy in the summer.

A little girl's vest and one for the newborn babe with a hat!
Okay, I am a liar. They're not totally finished, but almost. The hat needs a pom-pom and the little girl's vest needs the buttons sewn on. The vest keeps calling out to me, too. It's like a blank canvas waiting for an embroidered ladybug or flower. But I'm not sure, hmm, what do you think?


  1. They are wonderful for a little girl living in a cold weather state! Definitely add a ladybug or butterfly to the vest (and hat!). Good job!

  2. very cute knitted items. I also think a lady bug or flower? would look adorable.