In between my tiny knits, I was able to squeeze in a wee bit of sewing. The blankets are the easiest, and possibly my favorite blanket to use. One-yard of fabric, folded in half and serged all around. Often times the simplest things are the most enjoyable, it seems. The fabric used for the bibs, was hand-printed by my little man, and I thought it a great way to incorporate him in all of this gifting toward his new cousin. The pattern is a offered for free via The Purl Bee, found here. I have made these several times, but this once I was running short on time, and opted to use my serger for the whole darn thing. They turned out lovely, and I think this is my new go-to way of assembling this pattern.
And, this blouse below has been on and off my machine for what seems like an eternity. I started off strong, even inserting the sleeves the first night I began! But, then it sat and waited and watched as the machines hummed away on other projects. Finally, a few days ago, I snuck into the sewing room early one morning and finished this Tova. While her tank was obviously an easier sew, this blouse is sure to be a staple.
Greens. That about sums up what we’ve been pulling from the garden these days. Loads and loads of greens – kale mostly, but some chard and collards to go with. That, and a few self-seeded cosmos to brighten up the harvest, is what we’ve been bringing in-doors of late.
After reading this post, talking about closing up the garden for the year, I really got to thinking about the fact that many, many gardens are closing up shop about now. There may be bulbs tucked in for spring sprouting, but the majority of the garden, and the work that comes along with it, is over. Here, in San Diego, the thought of putting a garden to rest for the winter is somewhat of a foreign concept. At times, I think it may be nice – to get a new, fresh crack at it each Spring. To start with fresh rows, fresh seeds and a refreshed zest for getting to work in the garden. But, really, we are thankful for the 12 months of the year when something is coming into our kitchen from the garden. And, while we may be bringing greens in now, there definitely is a different hum to the kitchen come this time of year. The bustle of the summer garden, it is not. But a quiet, steady stream. Yes, that’s the Fall garden we love.
On another note, here are a few garden-related links that caught my eye this week:
Figs. We’ve been snacking on French Bordeaux and Corkys Honey Delight.
Ah, these mums are gorgeous, and I am hoping to add a few to our soil.
Yarn farming. Maybe one day.
Not directly garden related, but this book surely will be good. Anything by Edward Behr is worth a read in this house.