Friday, August 01, 2008

YP Friday: The Oops Edition

So, I went to my local yarn store to buy some metal size 1 dpns because I keep snapping my bamboo ones...

Haul

And ended up with 5 skeins of yarn in addition to my sock needles

The first to jump in was this Panda Wool/Bamboo sock yarn. I have been looking for a pretty neutral sock yarn I can wear with my business clothes (because as much as I love my livelier socks, they are not always appropriate.)

Panda Wool

Then came this Brown Sheep Lanaloft in red - I thought this would make a great winter hat (for ME, Dad, me!):

Lanaloft red

Then Willow decided she wanted a new hat, too - and she chose the pink:

Lanaloft pink

And then threw the turquoise in the basket, too. I said, "Well, which is it - a pink hat or turquoise hat?" Willow: "Both, Mom - I want a striped hat."

Lanaloft turquoise

Anyway, enough of my lack of willpower - check out some garden pics instead.

This is a Early Girl tomato bus - we have had 4 tomatoes off this one so far - made for some great tomato and bacon sandwiches!

Early Girl Tomato

This is my yellow pear tomato bus - can you see how I jerry-rigged it up? Apparently I used the smaller pepper cages rather than tomato cages, and this thing grew so long and leggy that a slight breeze would topple it over. So, I bought this plastic fan trellis do-hickie, bungee-corded my tomato (pepper!) cage so it, then connect the trellis to the fence. Not pretty in the slightest, but it hasn't fallen down once since I did this.

Yellow Pear Tomato

Here's a close up of the yellow pear tomatoes. They are slightly bigger than cherry tomatoes and have this long neck. They are very mild tasting and not as sweet as cherry tomatoes.

Yellow Pear Tomato close up

This is my heritage tomato - from my in-laws garden. They call this their West Virginia tomato. What is peculiar about it is that it grows oblong - short, fat, and with a pronounced flat bottom. And the flesh is very light pink at the bottom to yellow at the top when ripe.

West Virginia Tomato

Now - here is where I ask all of you a question - is this a hibiscus? It is growing intertwined in my snowball tree. I really need to trim it back - but do you cut back hibiscus?

Hibiscus?

6 comments:

Beverly said...

Yep, that's a hibiscus. I used to have one that same color on the back side of my house. The bugger grew to probably 6 feet tall. I have a black thumb, and have no idea how to take care of them, but a quick google popped up some info that it's okay to prune them.

Purty yarn!

Nell said...

Willow cracks me up! "obviously a striped hat, mom!"

Those tomatoes are looking good. A BLT is heaven if you ask me.

Bezzie said...

So they are hibiscus! Cool! They're kind of weedlike around here...

And I love Willow's yarn enabling talent--at such a young age too! ;0)

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Willow is a fabulous yarn enabler (and has good taste too!). Sometimes you're just going to have a oops at a yarn store. At least they are pretty oops :)

Zonda said...

Ohhh I spy Brown Sheep!!! Lovely colors! As for the hibiscus..yikes, I first thought, how did she get my picture I was about to post? I think in the fall, you can trim them back, not during growing season...unless you must :) Neat tomatoes, never seen those before!

Suna said...

I was sure the hibiscus was an althea or rose of sharon. If it freezes at all where you live, it is more likely an althea.

yeah, that is what it is
www.rubythroat.org/RoseOfSharonMain.html

But it is in the hibiscus family.