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Two of my favorite flowers are blooming right now: lupine and columbine.
I started both of these plants as seeds in my first Winter Sowing experiment a few years ago. I didn’t get any blooms the first year, as expected. Last year, the columbines bloomed almost all summer, but the lupines looked like such pathetic weaklings, I’d pretty much written them off. I think I got three scrawny blooms between four plants.
But this year?
(I also learned an interesting lesson today: cold camera that was in the basement studio + steamy outdoor air after a rain = foggy lens. It looks like it’s misty outside in that picture, but it’s actually just condensation on the lens. I had to clear it off about 20 times while I was taking photos!)
Here are my columbines. The seeds were from a mix, so I had no idea what color the blooms would be when I planted them… I just happened to get lucky and these four I planted together all came up in shades of pink. Bonus!
I think I missed my call when it comes to botany… I could look at garden crap on Pinterest all day long. Not to mention spend a fortune on seeds and plants. Read more ›
I’ve just finished making the site more “mobile friendly,” and I think I’ve finally ironed out all the wrinkles.
Anyway, if you notice anything that looks a little wonky, please let me know – you can either comment on this post or send an email to what.the.craft [at] gmail.com
If you follow my Facebook or Twitter, you may have deduced that I’ve been working on my knitting skillz lately. I tried learning a few years ago, but didn’t get past the basics. I’m determined to get further this time!
I just bought yarn for my first “real” project, this lovely cowl, which is a free pattern from madelinetosh.com:
Last night I knit up a gauge swatch, so today I’m ready to get started with the actual cowl. I just had one worry… how do I estimate the right tail length for casting on 220 stitches? Seems like I could easily mess that up and have to pull out 200 stitches when I run out of tail. So I did some googling and found this tutorial from cocoknits.com:
Knitters be geniuses!