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Monday, June 29, 2009

Garden Green Freshness

Our veggie garden is churning out its first goodness of the season. We planted three varieties of lettuce before it got hot, hot, hot and they have really blossomed into prolific plants. Just look at this tasty dinner salad. Everything but the tomatoes is from our garden!! How cool is that? There is something just so satisfying about making dinner out of your own backyard. fresh homegrown garden lettuce salad

Green is obviously a color very much on my mind this week. Here's a Julie cuff I'm working on ..... in green. You can find the free pattern for it here. If you make one, I found the stitch diagram to be leagues clearer to follow than the written instructions. This is one of those pieces where blocking is a must. Blocking works straightening magic on fine crochet thread motifs like this. Here it is currently being blocked.julie cuff photo in blocking process in green crochet threadThis link is the best tutorial I have found for blocking crochet for those who would like to know. My tips? 1) A piece of thick foam core covered in paper towels works great for a low-cost blocking surface. 2) Use rust-free, rust-proof pins! Seriously, do not fudge on this or you will not be happy.

Now... if only the local bakery has green frosted doughnuts, this will be a beautiful, if very hot, week :)

7 comments:

NeereAnDear said...

Oh girl I wish I could crochet.... but I have so many things in the works it would be too much to try another venture at the moment...

I love what you are making and cant wait to see the finished product...

LOTS OF HUGS
JO

Lori said...

Heather, your cuff is so pretty...we are enjoying the lettuces from our garden right now too...

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Lovely things!
I'm getting ready to rave about you...-smile-...

Gracie said...

Yum! Nothing better than a fresh salad in summer (though it winter here so nice hearty soups are great). Beautiful cuff! Definitely need to learn to crochet =)

And I would love to go to Europe and take a cruise or something!

Christie Cottage said...

Oh, your salad looks sooo GOOD!

I have tomatoes growing. No grrens though.

Kim @ Everything Etsy said...

I love your salad! We have been eating from our garden...this is our first one. It's so much fun!

~Kim

Sara Hopp Harper said...

Your salad looks delicious! I love green lately too- everything is bursting with blooms here- it's so beautiful.