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For the past week we have had rain, rain, rain. It’s been kind of wonderful though, because we have a lot in the ground that needs watering. I have a little corner by our front door that I think a normal person would make look pretty, but I have it full of potted things that need to go in the ground but I haven’t chosen a place for yet, corkscrew willow cuttings from the tree at our old house rooting out in a bucket, and beehives operating as tables to hold little flats planted with seeds. I planted lots of flowers, many of them for dye: hollyhocks, marigolds, hopi sunflowers, calendula, nigella, golden marguerite, cock’s comb, and a few more.
Speaking of Marguerite, that is the name of one of a pair of baby bunnies I brought home to cheer up Benjamin Bunny a few weeks ago. (He just hasn’t seemed himself lately.) It worked, and he’s much happier now, but I sure do have my hands full trying to get the babies litter trained. I am comforting myself with reminders of how poor our soil here is, and how much all the rabbit poop is going to help improve it. The other baby bunny, the one Mabel is holding above, is named Splotch. I tried to convince Beatrix that she should be called Cleopatra, or “Cleo” for short because of her black eyeliner, but I lost that one. Marguerite is named for the lovely heroine in Calico Bush, a wonderful read aloud we finished a few weeks back. Splotch is named for the black “splotches” on her fur.
Our latest read aloud is Julie of the Wolves, a book I remember reading more than once when I was about Larkspur’s age. There is one mature part that I had to censor a bit, but otherwise we love this book. Next up they want to read The Hobbit. I want to read Strawberry Girl.
I cast on a sweater for Mabel last week called Pixie Dust. I knit the baby version of this pattern last year, and wanted to knit a long sleeved version for this fall. The yarn is some of my dk that I dyed with logwood. It turned out differently than I was expecting with lots of shades of purple and taupe. I don’t usually knit with yarn that has that much variegation, but I think I am going to like this sweater! (If you want to knit one in size four or smaller, I have two skeins of dk left in my shop in a nice olive green.) I’m also knitting away on the body of my South Bay Sweater. I had more time to knit than usual this week because my musical kids had dress rehearsals and a concert this week. The lights were bright enough during the concert that I could knit the whole time!
I’ve got another project to share, but I’ll save that for later this week! I hope you all had a great weekend!
p.s. Can you spot Bea?
p.p.s See if you can find Benjamin Bunny in the photo of the green cabinet full of books and olive green yarn hanging on the drying rack.