Scarf progress...and wooly plants

Dear Chums,

I'm all ways cheered by Quentin's garden pics from the other side of the I thought I'd share some wooly plants. My (ever patient) other half laughed and said that I was only buying them because them look like wool and felt. Amd he's right....but I do like them a lot: a wooly thyme (that's what the label said) which is spilling its wooly, fuzzy loveliness onto the bricks outside the kitchen door: and these salvias...massive, wooly furry ears of silver loveliness which are on the corner outside the music room. There are pics so the gardener's among you can get some ideas. A wooly garden does seem a quite a fun place to start.

Some of you may remember my rants and rambles last year prior to our move from London to the country. Well I post a pic of the front door of Rose cottage ( which actually has roses round the door)... But as our first summer slowly emerges from the coldest winter I can remember, there are endless white roses popping into bloom everywhere and I can't help but admit a bit of a sense of disappointment. the rose catalogue s and nurserys are as good as a yarn store on any day: full of colour and I feel a bit cheated a the white ones. There are a few punchy pinks and reds....I plan to colour in the garden a bit more. I bought the ever-patient other half 2 red roses for valentine's day and we planted them together in the freezing cold, kind of romantic in retrospect but at the time, just bloody freezing: and I'd pleased to report that Souvenir de Docteur Jamain and Munstead Wood are bother doing well.

Anyway, enough garden talk. After your kind words about the scarf for the forthcoming birthday of e.p.o.h, I persevered with the pavement design by the lovely Mr Flood in some lovely Adrifil lama/wool combo and it's coming on well (you'll note the sombre grey: 1 colour loon's enough for the house) You cable fanatics out there might be interested in the cable hook. I bought it when I was away and scoffed at it's pink, tacky pllasticiness.....but, scoff not, it's by far the best gadget I've cabled with. You put the stitches via the short bit and them twisted round and knit them off the long bit. They remind me of the shepherd crooks a little...I guess I'm just getting too country.

Warmest wishes to all

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very lovely garden and lovely knitting to compliment it. Congrats on both.

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TinkerJones's picture

I like the cable hook... not to be confused with an IUD

New York Built's picture

Thanks, Allan! I was looking for mine and remembered where I had used it last. Smarts like hell, but it's always there when I need it!

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CLABBERS's picture

Charming cottage, beautiful roses, and a mini-shepherd's crook. Life has such charming pleasantries, doesn't it. :) Thanks for sharing the plant pictures and the prose. How did you enjoy living in the cottage for the first winter?


AKQGuy's picture

Those are wonderful wooly plants you have and I agree they're are perfect for a knitters garden. As to the cable needle, no scoffing here. That style is what I prefer to teach new cable knitters on. I myself now prefer the wood ones with the fatter tips and narrower middle, but for a long time I used those and until people are comfortable with cables they are great. I still carry mine with me in my knitting gadgets box.

Bill's picture

Beautiful wooly plants!
I prefer the "J" cable needle, too

bobinthebul's picture

Yay wooly plants! I'm a Verbascum (mullein) freak. The common mullein (V. thapsus) with its single column of yellow flowers is fun enough but Turkey is the epicenter of the genus, and everywhere I go, I find some interesting new variety. There are some really nice ones in cultivation now, like V. bombyciferum (white wool all over the plant) and V. olympicum (with candelabras that can have upwards of 100 stalks), both of which are endemic to Uludağ, the mountain that rises up behind the city of Bursa. It was fun seeing those plants in their natural habitats. One of the most beautiful I ever saw was V. bellum up on Babadağ near Fethiye, but it never took to Seattle weather. I guess it just missed having intense mountaintop sun, sharp drainage and cold winters. It had such a thick fur that I wondered how any light actually got to the leaves; like someone took thick white felt and crafted a big pointy-leaved cabbage out of it. If I ever go down there again I'll try collecting it again; that, and V. chrysocardium, which has thin, arching leaves and a golden down that's just slightly sparkly in the right light.