Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Hello June

June is my favorite warm weather month. Generally the days are warm but not oppressively hot and humid. The garden green promises sun-ripened tomatoes and fresh cucumbers. Herb and flower beds are mostly free of weeds and insect pests. Long evenings of light are a balm for our weary souls. This week we ate several evening meals on the deck and caught sight of a yellow swallowtail butterfly on the flowers of the Japanese Lilac Tree. 

After last night's thunderstorms, this morning is cool and bright. I walked in a long sleeved tee with sun warming my back. Basil in pots thrives. Most of the transplanted strawberry plants are surviving the rabbits and squirrels. I replanted the cucumber hill. The front yard with the patch of winter-kill and over grown bushes needs attention but that is why I tend the yard and garden. It needs tending and the changes get me out of my rut. Well - sort of. I am a creature of habit.

I do enjoy the Wednesday routine of writing a post and linking with Kat and the Unravelers. This week I knit some fingerless mitts from leftover self-striping sock yarn. The cable was fun and kept the knitting interesting. Color-wise, the mitts aren't an exact match but fairly close. I played yarn chicken with this project and was happy to have enough to finish the thumbs. Knitting up leftovers is so satisfying. Do you feel that way or do you give away and/or toss the leftovers? 

When I toss the stash in January, I create the "up next" bin and put it on top for easy access. Sometimes I knit from that bin and sometimes I don't. Right now, the contents appeal to me so I cast on another Forager Sweater. This is the only sweater yarn I have in stash and I'm happy to knit with it. Time and knitting will tell if the yarn/pattern combination works well together. 

I read The Ghost Orchard: The Hidden History of the Apple in North America by Helen  Humphreys. I found this little work of nonfiction more cohesive than The River. I also learned a great deal about apple varieties and orchards. I had never considered that Native Americans tended apple orchards. Humphreys counters the Johnny Appleseed story with one about a woman named Ann Jessup. She also wrote about Robert Frost's orchard as well as watercolorists who were part of the USDA's effort to disseminate information about apples to prospective growers. Plates of the watercolors are included in this book. They are beautiful. My library didn't have this book so I found a nice used copy online. I am also reading The Painted Drum. Interestingly, Erdrich writes about an apple orchard in the novel. 

As I finish this post, a wee (young) chickadee hangs upside down in the birch. House finches feed youngsters at the feeder. The little ones with tufts of down remind me of typical toddlers. They make me smile. I hope you are enjoying these rare June days. 

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  1. Your mitts look like they will be nice and warm when cold weather rolls around again.

  2. Not only do your mitts look nice and warm, they look very cheerful for a bleak winter's day. Nicely done! Forager is such a pretty pattern and I like your blue yarn. We've been watching wee chickadees return to the nesting area (apple tree). I don't think our wrens have fledged yet...or else we missed that event and the parents are busy with a 2nd brood!

  3. I do enjoy reading about your life on the prairie with your flora and fauna. I'm glad to hear your thoughts on The Ghost Orchard. I ordered a used copy as a gift for my SiL but haven't received it yet. My SiL Has been planting seeds from heirloom apple species that she has eaten for several decades. She has a small apple orchard now and the bears seem to enjoy it also. I think she will enjoy this book. Those mitts are lovely and cheerful!

  4. I LOVE using up almost all the yarn. Yarn chicken is stressful and I do not like mixing bases, so I guess my happy place is a walnut sized ball - not enough to feel like I wasted any, and too much to feel be stressed ... I tend to toss toss those little bits (unless they're for socks and I keep ALL my fingering scraps!) The Ghost Orchard sounds wonderful. and I was surprised to read that Painted Drum begins in New Hampshire (I think), so apple orchards make total sense. I'm always surprised to read about fruit trees in her books set in North Dakota. I didn't think the climate was good there for growing fruit?

  5. I, too, love the month of June. It is generally the most pleasant month of the year in my corner of the world (with October a close second). I do save all my "leftovers." Sometimes I end up using them, and sometimes I don't. But they all look very lovely together in their storage bin! ;-) I hope you enjoy every moment of this June!

  6. The mitts are lovely and so cheerful in those colors. I can see that they're slightly different, but it's really only obvious if they're held next to each other. And who cares anyway? We've been having some lovely weather here, too, with some rain/thunderstorms occasionally. I got a bit soaked on my walk on Tuesday, but yesterday it was beautiful during the day and then the rain came through overnight. I love when that happens -- it takes care of watering the garden for me!

  7. June is just a lovely month... a slice of the loveliest weather. Your mitts will be good friends on a chilly walk! And I have some of that gardening issue going on here as well... we lost a burning bush over the winter and it needs to be pulled out... not work for the faint of heart!

  8. I'm with you that June is the best summer month, we are enjoying it together :) Love those mitts, so joyful!!