it never ends

more fungi

morereishi blackchanterelles
a humongous reishi, and black chanterelles! The pizza was tasty, but not sure we tasted the mushrooms so much… no digestive issues even with a glass of wine!


more oopses

Garter ridges, not purls…
cbstpurled cbstfix2
Nothing wrong with the instructions, I just didn’t really read them that closely. So I dropped the stitches and repicked them up in garter ridge… I knit the garter ridge for the band back and forth (and will sew up later) rather than knit and purl rows as per instructions. Lazy I guess… However, when I joined them, I really should have put the seam spot in the center back so I could follow along with Jared’s instructions. Can you see how the right side is a little taller than the left? I’ve added a few extra short-rows so the back won’t ride up.

more proof that gauge swatches lie

I’m a few inches up and realize that my gauge on the knitted sweater is tighter by a stitch or so an inch than the swatch was. I’m just going to go up a needle size from here. Good thing he is widest at his shoulder/chest and not his belly.


Remember these (scroll to the bottom)? I dragged them out along with a washboard to try some extra felting. Then….
I put them on wet and put baggies on them and wore them around for a few hours.

DH was convinced that this is further proof that the aliens have control of me, or that I’m an alien, or something along those lines. He was especially worried that they matched the shirt I had on…

On another experimental project… Mom sent a few old hearing aids… but the project for which they are intended isn’t quite working out. But I have plans!

garden goodness

Gracie and some garlic.

I tried to braid this, but the stems are big and hard… it’s maybe a hard or winter type (??)… some others we grew had softer stems. We just hung it to dry.

Three kinds of beets!


Well work never ends… but I heard the craziest sound today, like a million glass M&M’s crashing onto a glass tray… It was this,
The spring from a logger’s dbh tape. The intern working on this was trying to refeed some new line… and it kept exploding out as soon as he thought he had it together. Next time I’ll just buy him a whole new tape versus the refill! I think it took him 4 hours and a lot of frustration to get the thing back in.

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  1. 1

    mia said,

    August 18, 2008 @ 6:39 pm

    oh great.. now i’m starving! And that garlic is lookin’ pretty good too :)

    sorry i can’t comment on the kittin’… i’m not worthy ::laughing::

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    brenda said,

    August 18, 2008 @ 7:44 pm

    So, did the wet bag felt experiment work?? Those would be awesome if you could just shrink them some more. I’ve felted Lambs Pride before. I don’t know how it worked, but it did. Try an industrial washer, with a pair of jeans, on hot, with some soap? I don’t know.

    And the garlic – yum!

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    Chris said,

    August 18, 2008 @ 8:15 pm

    Curious about the wet bag felting experiment, too!!

  4. 4

    Emily said,

    August 19, 2008 @ 7:47 am

    Wow, stripety beets! Monster fungi! Maine is one wacky place.

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    mollybee said,

    August 19, 2008 @ 8:41 am

    OK-Safety first. Aliens can never control your mind as long as you’re wearing your tin foil hat correctly-shiny side OUT!

    However to ensure that you don’t die from insisting on eating slimy, fungal things you find on the ground in the woods, you should wear the shiny side IN. (But just for as long as it takes to ingest the things. Those pesky aliens are always on the lookout for just this kind of opening!) I perform these tests so you don’t have to! :-)

    Love the beet picture. I just bought some Terra Chips that had some of those red and white striped ones in them. They’re not as sweet as the reds. Make good chips!

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    Julie said,

    August 19, 2008 @ 11:27 am

    I also want to know the outcome of the plastic bag felting experiment. Those boots look so cool; I hope the experiment worked.

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    Gramily said,

    August 22, 2008 @ 5:41 pm

    and what I want to know is what experiment you are working on with the hearing aids. Will you combine experiments, like with garlic braiding, fungi cooking and felt booties? How will hearing aids fit in? I’m going to have to tune in to find out.

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    Cathy-Cate said,

    August 24, 2008 @ 8:08 am

    What a fun and jam-packed post!

    You look like the original swamp woman with those things on your feet. Love it! I keep meaning to make pickled beets from Norma’s recipe for my father, who loves them — for his birthday late next month. But that requires being home. With time. Maybe next weekend I’ll have a day (ha!).

    Must be that “powerful rewind action” on the logger’s tape — or something! No doubt a machine puts it in the first time…

    So much going on! So many experiments! Just don’t eat the wrong fungi! (I know you won’t.)

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    August 24, 2008 @ 8:51 pm

    Can’t wait to see how the boots turn out, and love the garden’s bounty. I actually watered the annuals around the yard here today, and deadheaded what was dead, which was a lot – 2 weeks with only a few waters in between will do that to a plant. Will be interesting to see what survives/revives…

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