Green thumb purple yarn
Posted by Amber on January 22, 2007
First, and the most important thing to happen in years:
The first time since 2003 one of my violets has bloomed again! When I was in college I collected African Violets. There was a cute little plant shop in dupont circle, called “The Third Day.” And they had two, sometimes three shelves of nice, full bodied, healthy African Violets. And occassionally, on the back table, they’d have some really scraggly ones, with only three leaves, shoved in tiny square pots, for $1 ($1.50 if it had four leaves). And I’d take them home, repot them, and they’d flourish. In the height of my collection, I had about 15. Constantly in bloom and always nice to look at. Then I changed dorms, had a different desk without a good flourescent study light (and, with three people in the same amount of space that previously had 2 people, much less surface space). So I sent them to my mom’s house. Where they all promptly died.
This little guy I picked up at the Bentalou Elementary School Kindergarden Fundraising Plant Sale (coinciding with mother’s day). I got two, for $2 each (in bloom!), and the blooms faded and I was left with a little bush of spindly greenery. But look! It bloomed again! Yay for the violet! Yay for me! (I have two sets of windows. They face east and north. Not exactly condusive to plants.) I need to try and find a better flourescent lamp like my old college desk light. I like violets. I would like a little collection again.
In other things I collect:
On Thursday I ordered Artyarns Silk Mohair glitter from Webs – and it was waiting for me when I got home! With shipping like that I’m definitely looking there for my online yarns! This, along with Regal Silk on the left, is going to be Tamarah from an Fall 06 Knitty … which I was in love with as soon as I saw it. I rushed to Stitch DC and got the regal silk, but they didn’t have the silk mohair. I got rowan kidsilk haze in a complementary color. I ordered the superpointy knitpicks needles to make my first go with lace weight yarn a little easier. In the end, the knitpicks needles were too slick, and I just wasn’t loving the regal silk/kidsilk haze combo – the kidsilk just wasn’t exactly the right color. But now I have the silk mohair in exactly the right shade — plus glitter! How can you go wrong with glitter? Next up, I need to find some slightly grippy but pointy needles, and I’ll have a new scarfywrapy thing in no time!