with the gorgeous weather this weekend, the boyfriend and I became one with the land, in the suburban-apartment-dwelling sort of way. I decided to take the opportunity to finally plant the herb garden I’ve been wanting for a while and dragged him along. I had one during grad school and loved being able to cook with what I grew, what a better time to do it again than during project spectrum’s green month. after figuring out what we could fit on our balcony we headed out to one of the gardening places in town.
I decided to grab a few herbs that I end up buying all the time anyway (like basil and parsley) or that I would like to buy but are hard to find (or expensive when you do) such as lemon grass (I’m already dreaming of all the thai recipes I can finally follow). we ended up with 10 different herbs (though hard to see in the pic) in our basket, all are organic as is the soil. we couldn’t find small containers we liked for all of them, but we got lucky and found they had whiskey barrels available. one was plenty big for our little garden and I think it looks so much better than what I had originally planned. it was so easy to just pour in all the soil and then plan out where in the huge “pot” to plant them in. I liked it so much that I’m already planning for another barrel and what to grow next. I’m thinking tomatoes, peppers, and lettuce with maybe garlic in the fall.
our happy time outside though was almost thwarted when nature struck. I noticed that there was some weird cocoon hanging out in our balcony and I had no clue what it was. as I was cleaning up I saw the head of some alien-being (other wise known as a wasp) pop out and then it hid again. I did what any normal scaredy-cat would do, hurried the hell up to run back inside. I was too slow and saw it fly out of its nest.
thankfully I have a boyfriend who is even more scared of bugs than me. after some planning time, that involved hiding behind the sliding glass door, staring at the the wasps from this side of the screen door, and curling up into a ball to find his special place he came up with something!
my love likes to protect us, what can I say. he almost burned down the apartment, but that thing learned its lesson. don’t be building nests around these parts! the saddest part was when the alien flew back and was all confused when it couldn’t find its home. it kept looping around like it was trying to retrace its steps. don’t judge me! here look at some knitting:
I’m happy to say that even though I hated knitting with this yarn at the start (it’s so freaking splitty), I am loving the result. the sock fits perfectly and the yarn feels great on my foot. to be honest, I didn’t expect it to be so nice but maybe I was just begrudging it since it hurts my wrist. the yarn actually reminds me of a thinner version of ggh goa with a higher cotton content and pretty multi-colors. I’m loving the way the stitch pattern knit up and how it broke up the colors. I’ll probably still knit the second sock in reverse just to see what the scales look like then. I’ve stalled now that I’m at the heel since I’m scared about it being too tight around the ankle. I’ll either do some pattern reshuffling or change needles (or most likely keep on knitting), but I better hurry since my doppelganger is at the exact same point of the socks.