Monday, November 06, 2006

The bulbs are in the ground!

I didn't have to garden at midnight, but it was getting pretty dark by the time I was done, and it rained the entire time. I was really afraid I wouldn't plant them and that I would have wasted $50 on bulbs, not to mention all of the guilt and frustration I would have felt. In the October issue of Living, Martha showed how to use hardware cloth to protect your bulbs from squirrels. I didn't go quite as far as she suggested, making a box of the stuff, but I put a large sheet of it over the bulbs, then covered the whole thing up with earth. I think it will work. It was supposed to rain 2-3 inches today, so there haven't been any squirrels scavenging yet, but I expect them to come. I planted tulips, narcissus, oxalis, grape hyacinth and lots of crocuses. Unfortunately I did not keep the packages with the names, nor did I mark where I planted what. I don't care, though. I will have a lovely corner in my garden next spring.

Here, at last, is a picture of the September Month of Softies doll. She was done a while ago, but I never had time to get a good picture. This is actually a picture my husband took.

I think somebody likes her new doll. : )

And last but not least, the Halloween costume. From the front...

And from the back...

I am rather proud of how the hair turned out. I bought some sage variegated roving. I was going to try to do a thick/thin sort of a thing on my drop spindle, but it just wasn't looking quite right. I was sitting in my car waiting to go into an appointment, and I thought, what about felting it? So, there in the car I pulled off a piece, licked my finger and started rubbing the roving between my fingers and then on my jeans. Instead of spit curls, she got spit dreads.

Sadly, I am going to have to rip out half of the washcloth I just finished. I had quickly jotted down the pattern one day, missing a YO and a k2tog. I kept wondering why it didn't look quite right. Next time I will stop and check the original pattern.


Marieke said...

Isn't that just the fun parth of gardening being suprised by what comes up ;)

♥ the costume and the doll

kayte said...

your doll is lovely she has such personality and she seems to be very loved!

Suse said...

Gardening in the dark - that's the sort of thing I do.

Also, when you say you're knitting washcloths, do you mean ones to wash your face with, or your dishes?

I knit facecloths, but haven't done any dishcloths yet. Must do so.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Melissa said...

thanks for the complement on my Frankendolls... I like your doll here, too!

blair said... (especially while its not raining). Good for you.

That doll is adorable, love her thin arms and legs.