Monday, August 13, 2007

So it LOOKS good, but...



Yeah. Looks great, right? Just about to do the heel?

I counted, because, ya know, gotta put half the stitches on a holder. Yep. Too few stitches. I don't see any dropped ones, so I think this happened at... the toe. Gotta rip the whole durned sock back.

I drowned my sorrows in distraction.

Now this may look like an arty photo, but what it really is...

...is a gardening trowel whose cushy, ergonomic handle has oxidized in the sun, becoming sticky in the way that pine pitch is sticky, so that only Ajax or nail polish remover can get the residue off your hands. Oh, and it eats through the plastic wrap I tried wrapping around it, too. Neat.

Here are my shiny new gardening tools (the three leftmost).



It was time. I needed to pot up some tomato seedlings,

and dig a little fertilizer into my gardenia, which is very flowery this year for once — yay! Usually I only get one bloom at a time.


Finally, I applied a few clear coats of polyacrylic to these gorgeous solid copper plant trays, which I'll be taking into the new office. They are more concerned about appearances there, so I'm going to take the old clear plastic ones home and use these ones at work.


I'll just round out this post with some gratuitous pictures of Laila...



She's enjoying her summer.

7 comments:

trek said...

Ouch - sorry about the sock!

Julie said...

No one can relax like a kitty in the sun!

jae said...

Oh yes Valerie, my kats do the same thing...tryin to keep kool i think. my kat book says that when kats are on their back like that,they are feelin super happy and secure. you lucky girl, the scent from those gardenias is intoxicating! whatever you did to make them happy was fantastic.

Kelly said...

Sucks about the socks, Val. Hey, about the VK, I'll sell it to you for $5 plus I'll ship it to you UPS, if I'm able to. Email me at kellyson718 AT yahoo dot com.

Mary Seabrook said...

Ouch! - frogging is ok in small doses, but the entire piece makes me cranky... oh - btw Valerie - you have got me back on a knitting kick, I'm busy trying to avoid your sock pattern and actually do some work! *hug*

Earin Marybird said...

What a beauty! The lovely Laila. All healthy again I hope. Are you having to dress up more at work? Sorry about the sock but what can you do? You need those stitches.

.: tani :. said...

do you have to rip back the whole thing? a little fudging never hurts, you know.

what a beautiful kitty. sigh. makes me wish i had pets.