I feel as if I’ve spent this past week waiting around. A week ago on Friday, when I came home from my annual mammogram (and spent this week waiting for the results—all is ok), I discovered I had no phone or Internet. So I waited around all day on Saturday for the FIOS tech to fix my connection. I had fond hopes of spending that rainy Saturday on either restoring my iTunes library or improving the look of this blog, but I passed the time instead by filing papers in my office without, alas, the distraction of Ravelry.
When I got back online, I ordered the beads for Evenstar. I have found two excellent Internet sources for beads: Auntie’s Beads, where I got the gold beads for Tendrils, and Aura Crystals, where I bought beads for Evenstar. I’m pleased with the match:
These are Miyuki seed beads, Duracoat galvanized, size 8/0, in light cranberry.
Then I ordered wooden buttons from Pymatuning Crafts, an etsy shop, for my no-name jacket.
The buttons are departure from my usual choice. Typically, I match the fabric closely so as not to detract from the knitting. But the color of this yarn is elusive, not only for my photos (this one is accurate), but for matching other colors. Purple doesn’t work—the yarn is not really purple, but a mix of maroon and deep blue, with flecks of white. Black disappears. And I wanted to capture the rustic feel of the yarn. So I selected a button that would complement the mule-spun yarn. I still feel as if this isn’t “me,” but I’ll wait to pass judgment when the sweater is assembled. I do love the buttons.
I couldn't wait for the beads and buttons to come, and to thwart my enthusiasm our regular mail carrier went on vacation. My mail service is pitiful because I am the fifth house from the end of the route (which based on the time it takes to get here must start in Biloxi, or maybe even Nome), and even under the best circumstances, I don’t get mail until late afternoon (on very snowy days, not at all). I thought the packages would show up on Wednesday, and I must have checked my mailbox twenty times waiting for the substitute mail carrier to show up. Shortly after 5 PM the packages arrived.
On the garden front, we have been waiting for veggies to eat. The garden is off to a very slow start because this has been a very strange spring. April and May have been cold, and a few night’s ago there was even a frost warning. April was so dry that I thought we’d have water restrictions again, but rain finally did come in the form of a 2-inch deluge in a single day. Now it is dry and still cold, although punctuated by some warm days. But here the waiting has been rewarded:
My salad greens (8 varieties, some shown in the picture) and lettuce (10 varieties) are about the best I recall, and we’re now having salad every night.
It is still far too cold to put my tomatoes out (I’m waiting for mid-June to be on the safe side). But waiting for the warm weather should give me a chance to finish that jacket, which is going in fits and starts. More precisely, the sleeve caps are giving me fits and will need to be restarted—but more on that next time.