Wednesday, April 28, 2010

While it was raining...

I made use of the time and finished this Heartbeat Sweater from I have been dawdling with it all winter.Why? Too many other things on my plate is my excuse. The yarn is Kudos from Plymouth Yarns, a mix of cotton, silk and rayon. Nice drape and once I got used to the non-stretchiness of the yarn, very nice to work.

And thanks to Ellen Hartsfield, our knitting guild president, who did a presentation on short row heels for toe up socks (is that a long enough title?) I finally 'got' the concept. Here's her trick...just do what the directions say. Wha? Well, perhaps I was always impatient in the past attempts, but it really truly worked when I did just what the directions said. I used this pattern.

The rain stopped for a minute and I scrambled to take a look at the yard. What I really like about gardening is watching things change and develop, so daily walks around the 'estate' are essential. The pond is really high and in this picture the new red bud trees can be seen starting to leaf out.

And two of my tiarella are in bloom. Also known as foam flowers, they are valued more for their lovely leaf shapes. I am collecting varieties of these to compliment my huechera collection. Or some excuse like that.


  1. I love that top! I really envy anyone with the talent to knit or quilt :) Your house is just so charming.

  2. Hi Melody,
    What a post!!!! First, that sweater is absolutely the cutest! And I'm sure your choice of yarns makes it even more special than the original pattern.
    And that picture of the "estate" is so beautiful. Next time you get your paints out, you should paint it in your style!!!! You two have made that property so looks like a dream home.

  3. Anonymous9:42 AM

    What a gorgeous property you have!

  4. The colors in that sweater are so luscious that they're making my mouth water, and I love the relaxed shape. I'm really enjoying reconnecting with your website since you became a country girl.

  5. I really love that top, is it like a mitred square? The colours are great.
    I am in awe of your pond. OUr pond/dam is very low at the moment as there has not been a lot of rain in our area. I so wanted to dig it deeper but was told the work could not be gauranteed as it is on a rock base. Yours is lovely.

  6. the top is lovely, and so is your "yard" = now I'm not suprised that you have so many beautiful flowers and shrubs to show us


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