Starting Socks

So, I’m starting to knit my first pair of socks. I made a really ugly sock out of cheap, scratchy acrylic yarn this weekend so I could learn how to do all of the different stitches. It was relatively easy, but I’m sure it’ll be difficult with the ever-so-tiny sock yarn. It’s gorgeous yarn, though. It really reminds me of the great outdoors of Washington.

Cascade Yarns Heritage Paints in Olympic Forest...couldn't be more Washington if it tried :)

Cascade Yarns Heritage Paints in Olympic Forest…couldn’t be more Washington if it tried 🙂

Knitting socks also gives me something “productive” to do while I procrastinate! I’m taking an online graduate course from the University of Massachusetts, and I’m also supposed to be spending at least an hour a day studying for the GRE. Of course, I start a little bit of studying and then I have to take a knitting break. And those always last longer than intended.

Other than my gold medal level procrastinating, I’ve been keeping busy in the garden. There was only one pepper on my pepper plant, and it fully ripened today. I guess it’s too hot for the plant to produce, so if I can keep the plant alive through the summer it should start producing in the late summer/fall time frame. The horn worms are back on the tomatoes, but I kill them and leave their bodies as a sacrifice to the ants (who drag them away to eat). As long as I can catch them before they half-eat any more tomatoes, I’ll be good!

Purple bell pepper, some Roma and cherry tomatoes, and some green beans.

Purple bell pepper, some Roma and cherry tomatoes, and some green beans.

All of my potatoes are doing well. My cucumbers have started to flower. I think I may get a zucchini this week. My green beans are also producing quite nicely, though I never really get more than a handful at a time. I think I’ll need to plant a lot more plants next year. But we’ll also see how these asparagus beans turn out. They’re supposed to get to be something like 18 inches long a piece. This variety is called a Chinese Red Noodle. Gee. Wonder why 😉

The flower of the Chinese Red Noodle Asparagus Bean.

The flower of the Chinese Red Noodle Asparagus Bean.

And the red noodles themselves. They grow in pairs after the flower dies off.

And the red noodles themselves. They grow in pairs after the flower dies off.

Well, I suppose I should go and be productive. The GRE won’t study for itself, sadly. Back to the grind.

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