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Finally! Beans!

This will be the last picture I take of the trellis. I’m harvesting beans from it every other day. I’m freezing them as fast as I pick them and sharing them with neighbors.

This was a very satisfying project I just have to say 🙂

I’m enjoying the sunny days right now. I water things twice a day. Cool of the morning and evening. I’m reading the Anastasia books again. It seems fresh to me. Like I might of missed many things the first time I read the series. I even shared the first book with a friend who wanted to read something new that had new thoughts. Well, that fit the bill! lol

I designed and tatted a new bracelet but I haven’t put any up at the shop. I’ve had too much fun wearing them myself and my friends have too. I even traded one for a beaded one. lol  I do like a good trade! I made a red/white one a blue/white one and a purple/white one. I may put one up some time.

I haven’t been doing much else right now. I’ve slowed down. My muse has slowed down. Which is good for me. It was running way too fast for me for the longest time. I’m happy doing not much but reading.

There is a site online called Frugal Haus Knitting and they had a very good knitting pattern for a french shopping bag. I had gotten the pattern long long ago from there. I just came across it here recently. I did okay when I made all the other one’s last year from memory. But the last one I made, I played with my own pattern. Which I’m sure isn’t mine actually, it’s got to be a written one somewhere along the line. But I knit 3 knit in 1 knit stitch all the way around, then straight knit for two rows after and repeated. I wonder if it has a name? Boy this gives the best stretchy lace!  I think I’m beginning to get in the mood for some knitting now.

I got a recipe for refrigerator pickled veggies which I’m doing this season. I am getting great white cucumber’s now. So I’ll make a pepper/cuke/green bean pickle 🙂

I’ll take a picture of that when I get it filled up 🙂

I just harvested a gallon of lemon balm and plan on adding it to sun tea. So I best get at it and get it outside for the sun cure 🙂

Blessings to all

 

Love finishing things!

 

I got some thumb shuttles boxes made. I really liked this one the best, even if it is christmasy. 🙂

I finished the green bean trellis!!!  Yes I did! And in the nick of time too! The green beans are all up about 3 inches now. The trellis, this go round, came out absolutely perfect . The measurements were exact across and all the way down to barely the ground. I was so surprised!  I just guessed at it again, with the prior learning from the one that’s now on the porch. Thing is, it’s hard to get a picture of it because the yarn is thin. When I tried to take a picture, it just disappeared. lol  So I’ll wait till the beans start climbing on it and then take a picture. I just can’t tell you how relieved I am!  It looks good too. Just as I imagined it from the beginning in my mind’s eye. 🙂

When I was younger, I rarely finished a project. It was a big personality issue. But I do remember one day, being upset at all these beginning projects and I made a vow to myself. Don’t start something if you really don’t have your heart into it. What I learned from that time was I needed to really have a passion for something I started, then it was motivation to continue till it’s done. So the trellis is done. And I finished two more pairs of dragon scales thumb shuttles. I have to buffed them and get them photographed. But I’m so happy to finish all these things I started. It’s a weight lifted.

We are all still missing Jake. This is going to take time.

I had to cover the tomato’s, it’s been raining and cold every day for over a week. No sign yet of that changing. Just lucky we didn’t get snow!  That’s happened before in June here.

And I just added these to the Etsy Store this morning.

Yesterday afternoon, it dried out and I mowed grass. It started raining again just the second I was done and put the mower away! lol But that’s out of the way.

Sometimes, I have a long range project going in the background. I have one right now that is knit cord, and I’m making enough of it to actually weave a basket. I love basket weaving and especially love these knit one’s I’ve done. They are thick and bulky and soft. I’ll have to take a picture of the last one I made. The new one is forest colors. 🙂 I haven’t finished weaving the bottom part yet. It takes more time than anyone really wants to spend on a basket. Just knitting the cord takes months. That’s why it’s a long range project. I just work on it, when I get other things done first. And it’s mindless. I love having a mindless project to work on while I watch tv. Making knitted cord does that for me.

I don’t know if I mentioned this before or not, but several months ago, I was meditating and had an experience I really don’t have words for.  Since that day, the creativity and ideas for making things, hasn’t quit. They keep coming in fast and furious. I’ve never experienced such a wild time of ideas! But it’s been wonderful. And much of it has to do with things I haven’t done before. So there’s adventure! lol

I’ve been keeping a notebook just for the idea’s I can’t get to yet. But I’m having such a wonderful time creating.

Well, I’ve blathered on as many topics as I can do for the moment. I had a new idea for a design I need to try out on more shuttles. I best get to it.

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend, doing something they love to do. Finish a project!!!!! (snickers):)

Tatted Trellis Update

My math skills I should say from the “git” absolutely Succoth. So here’s some good news and here’s some bad news. lol It’s that kind of day! lol

When working this tatting, you go from one side all the way across, then back the other way. I started it in the house. But it became unmanageable. So I went and tied it to the cloths line and  that worked out great. That’s the good news part. About 2 and a half feet into this,….I thought to stretch out the diamonds a bit and remeasure to make certain. Well,….let’s say it this way,….great measurements if I was to do only half of it! lol  There was no hanging affect after I stretched it out at all!!!!  That’s the bad news bit.

The other bad news bit, is I have to make a whole other one and then knot them together down the middle. This will be interesting!

And talk about time involved! I figure, if I worked every single day, and got at least a foot done each day,…this little project turns into a 20 day affair. That’s with good weather every day. lol This little idea just became a “Monster”! haha

No, no I’m not giving up. I have given in to doing more work than I thought however.  When I get about 4 feet done on this one panel of it,….I’ll post another picture and update.

As to the Trade news, there isn’t much to say at the moment. I need some advise yet on how to set it up. So I’m leaving it there for the moment.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tatted Lace Green Bean Trellis

Last year, my green beans over grew their wire trellis and grew all along the back side of it and then started up onto the wall of the house. What did I learn?  That these were the best green beans I ever grew before and that little trellis wasn’t going to work for this year. So I decided to “net” one. Like a salty old sailor, sitting around netting. Then I thought I could tat one just as easily since I couldn’t find my netting shuttle. I began yesterday. Of course I don’t know what I’m doing. lol Does that stop me though? No.

I know other tatter’s who garden have had the same idea. So it’s not a new one. I’ve netted a hammock before and thought it would be similar.

Okay, so I got a ladder, climbed up and measured how long I’d need. 8 feet, by 8 feet, maybe by 10, we’ll see. I’m going to hang it from the roof beams and I thought,….I’ll crochet more than 8 feet of just chain,….get those metal hook eyes and attach those to the exposed beam ends and run the chain through that. Then I’ll tie on the trellis. Hey, when you don’t know what your doing, you just make it up as you go along. I might get this right first try. We’ll see. 🙂

One thing I learned already is that it’s too big for me to work in the house. Now what do I do? I think I’ll have to go hang this, (by tying it to) my clothes line and finish it from there. I couldn’t think of another place to hang it to work on it! lol  Oh mercy, this could be a mistake! haha

And in other news, here,….in my tiny world,….I spent the last 4 days making rose decorated shuttles and one of them screamed at me that I shouldn’t sell it, cause I wanted to have some fun with it.

Now I don’t, god I get tired of saying this, but it’s just true, I don’t know about a Trading Contest. Don’t know how to set one up, sighs,…..my idea is that, I want to trade these Thumb Shuttles for a pair of Tatted Original Design Earrings. Now how to get the word out? How do I set up such a thing? Should I even bother? And if I did figure it out, how to post all those entries for a trade? So many unknowns as of yet. But I’ll post this picture of the shuttles I have in mind to trade and I’ll ask around for some advise and help from online 🙂

Trading Stock

Now if you mosey on by this blog, and you have suggestions for me, please leave a comment 🙂 Thanks!  And now I’ll trundle along my merry way to shuttling a foot more of trellis 🙂

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