Ok, I was in a lousy mood when I posted last, but I just had to get it out. We had a few bum experiences last week just after our announcement and I needed to get it all off my chest. I promise to drop it.
I finished knitting my hand spun sweater last night.
I am in mad mad love with it. It's hard when I love knitting on something so much and then it's finished...kind of like reading a great book. I miss it terribly and flounder around for a while, wondering what to do next that can even begin to compare. I think I'll postpone needling in the ends and blocking it for a bit, so we'll have a little more time together before it cools off enough for me to wear it.
The other afternoon I took some photos of things I love in my yard. For those of you who are familiar with these plants, probably you can stop here. I so enjoy learning about things through other blogs, I decided to share with those of you who don't live in this type of climate or may not have enjoyed some of these plants.
First...the yellow Chamisa bush is just starting to bloom. Known in English as Rabbit Brush, it is a popular local dye material for shades of greenish yellows and a plant used by local families for generations for teas for colds, if I recall correctly (anyone with better info, please jump in here!). While these grow down in the valley below us, it is, to my knowledge, the only one on our land. I have no clue how it got here, but I am grateful, and it's always a sign of fall when I see it starting to bloom.
Next...my Russian Sage bush.
The nursery told me years ago that this plant wouldn't grow at our elevation, but I loved it so much, I decided to give it a try. It has taken about five or more years to reach this size (about 5 feet across, at least) and is now having pups grow in the adjacent walkway. I love the color of it contrasted by our wild sunflowers that crowd our yard each summer. Here's a photo of the walkway in front of our house, to give you a small idea of what the sunflower population is. Why bother with fussy landscaping when nature is doing such a wonderful job?