Saturday, May 02, 2009

More parsnips, and some knitting

So it's been ages since I last posted. Sorry about that. Things got a little crazy last year - I was working on a super important stressful project at work and just had no energy for blogging or anything else, really. I'm going to try and get back into the habit.

This year I couldn't get my parsnips out of the ground until April. This was partly because it was sort of a cold winter, and the ground was really frozen, but also partly because the parsnips had mutated into enormous giant parsnips. Here's a picture:

Giant mutant parsnip

They were so big around I couldn't fit my hand around them - probably a good 5 inches in diameter! And lots of extra roots coming off the main head, too. According to my mom, this happens when you fertilize them too much - but I didn't fertilize them at all! At least I got much more yield than last year's puny harvest. I made a bunch of parsnip/apple soup, we had them for dinner, and we froze some for future eating. I consider it a success. The giant head parts were a little woody, so I only used them for soup and not for eating plain.

On to the knitting. I was really excited to start the Diminishing Rib Cardigan from the new Interweave Knits. It looked so nice. I knit it out of Elann's superwash bamboo yarn, which is really soft, and a gorgeous colour. Things were coming along well. I finished the body reasonably quickly and tried it on. It looks AWFUL on me. I don't have a modeled picture to share, because it would be too embarassing.

Diminishing Rib Cardigan

It looks nice enough on the bench, doesn't it? Unfortunately, on me, it's a definite no-go. It makes my stomach look huge, which is really not a look I want to go for.

So, that's hibernating in the corner of shame for now. I'll frog it once I've gotten over the disappointment.

So instead, I've cast on for Hey, Teach. I'm using an orange cotton/acrylic blend, and I even bought a white dress shirt to wear under it. I may be tempting fate there. Pictures are non-existent right now, and since I have a cat on my lap, they will have to wait for another time. Every cat owner knows when you have a cat on your lap, you can't move, unless the house is on fire.

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