Wednesday, July 23, 2014

wip: Marion Cardigan

I'm knitting a sweater!  Actually, once you start seeing more of my knitting, you'll see this isn't really a big surprise.  I love knitting sweaters!  Maybe it comes from a background in garment sewing, but I'm more likely to reach for a sweater than a toque, and it seems like better value for my (relatively) slow knitting time.

Not that I don't also knit toques.  And mitts.  And slippers.  And I want to start knitting socks...

I might be addicted.

Anyways, this is the Marion, by Andi Satterlund.  Andi creates all sorts of gorgeous sweaters that make up a large part of my knitting queue over on Ravelry, although this is the first sweater of her's that I'll actually finished.  I attempted Hetty, but the simple lace pattern broke me.

I'm not sure if a cropped cardigan is a good choice for my wardrobe, mostly because I think of them as only going with pretty dresses and I'm not really a dress person.  But then I saw Celtic Cast On's version over a plaid button-up, and now I need to sew another Archer to pair with my Marion.  Obviously.


Aha look what I just discovered in my inbox.  2 am Ravelry and Knit Picks surfing...never a good idea.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Old Broken Canoe to Ecclectic Veggie Garden

I've always love the idea of a garden, but my practical experience has been a little...overwhelming.  I've had gardens in the past, but they've always been too big, inherited large gardens from my Grandma when we bought her house, and half of a cousin's ginormous garden plot out in the country.  Too much for a kid who wasn't that into gardening.  So when I decided I wanted a garden at our place in the Yukon, I knew it had considerably smaller. 

Since our soil is thin and utter crap, we're stuck with a container garden.  But who wants an army of pots in their backyard?  But then what do I find in my inspiration folder (that I've been saving pics into for years) but a picture of a canoe garden.  YESSIR I'LL HAVE ONE OF THOSE PLEASE.  

I posted an ad online, asking if anyone had an irrepairable canoe they'd like to get rid of.  Long shot, eh?  NOT REALLY!  Within 24 hours, I'd found this little gem:

Okay, so maybe gem is stretching it a bit.  But what do I care if it's a little crumpled and cracked?!  Not like I'm going to be floating down a river in it!  Amazingly, underneath that crummy old canvas and chipping paint was this:

Beautiful old cedar.  Ripping off the old canvas was easy peasy - the sudden rainshower while we were moving the canoe into the backyard probably helped with that.  I didn't get a picture of it, but the inside of the canoe had a ton of old peeling varnish, but a cheap plastic bristle brush and some elbow grease got rid of that right quick.

Our yard is sloped, so I spent a bit of the day digging out a divot in the yard for the canoe to rest in.  I didn't want the weight of the soil to cause even more cracking and buckling in the canoe. 

After adding a lot of soil (about $120 worth!), this is what I had to work with; a relatively small but manageable (not to mention adorable) little garden.

Two months later, I HAVE ACHIEVED FOOD!  Well, a little bit so far.  Spinach, lettuce, and a bunch of radishes have made it to our table as tasty salads this week, and I love being munch on a radish within minutes of pulling it from the ground.  The carrots and beets have a bit of growing to do, but those are mostly destined for canning this fall (stay tuned!), and I'm stoked to have fresh green onions and green beans later on in the summer!  I hope, anyways.  The Yukon growing season is much shorter than down south.

Don't mind all of the weeds.  Those little suckers are history!
The only problem I've had is the bloody neighbourhood cats!  I love that they catch all the voles running around the area, but I was ready to put up an electric fence when the buggers started digging in my garden right after I planted everything!  They're the reason why half of one row of beets are empty, why there's a blank spot in amongst the beans, and why the second lettuce plant is now mysteriously located with the carrots.  Buggers.

Have you used an unusual item as a garden?  Some people have recommend old tires to me, which apparently helps extend the growing season because it keeps the soil warm for longer.  I can't help but think that all the crap in tires can't be good for veggies, although that could be a fun idea for flowers...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Welcome to My New Blog!

Bit of an older pic - I think I need to revisit bangs.
Hey there, I'm Heather, a prairie girl from Manitoba, living in and loving the Yukon.

So what's this blog going to be about?  Pretty much what it says on the tin.  Things I make, plus the occassional post on rocks.  Because rocks are cool.

What kind of things?  Well, I've been blogging over at Sewing on Pins for years, a sewing blog I started up while I was a grad student to chronicle my sewing adventures.  But in the last few years, my interests have spread out a bit, with a sudden and intense love affair with knitting, a budding love of gardening and embroidery, and so many other things.  I sort of felt like I'd outgrown my old blog and wanted to start fresh with a more general creative blog.

And why rocks, besides they're obvious coolness?  Because I'm a production geologist working at a local underground mine (yes, I work underground, and yes, it's incredibly cool.  I'll tell you more about it in another post).  And while I love my job, I feel like I'm losing a lot of the knowledge I gained during school because of lack of use.  So why not share it here, so you can see how cool rocks are too!

Anywho, I'm excited to be starting up a new blog, and I can't wait to share all of my various projects (finished and...less so) with you all! 

Happy making!