Thursday, February 6, 2014

Ribbing and blooming

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More gray.  I am bucking the trend and working with nothing but gray in the wintertime, and I like it that way.  My knitting matches the world outside, and sometimes my internal temperature, too, if I’m being honest.  It does get hard.  I should get one of those UV lights.  I would like to whip up a big Pina Colada and put on a bikini and and then just sit under the SAD light.  Find something trashy to read.  (No such luck there; I’m working my way through Jane Gardam right now.  Have you read her?  Go to the library immediately, I mean it.)

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I have big plans to huddle up on the couch under a pile of quilts and knit this huge piece of striped ribbing while I watch Shaun White kill it at the Olympics—my mom-crush on Shaun White runs pure and deep, my friends. 

In other exciting news, look at this:

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My orchid is going to bloom.  Ohmygoodness, I can’t wait.  I pamper that ugly plant all year long, with its fleshy tongue leaves and brown squirrely roots growing out all unruly over the place, and the whole thing stretches up and tries to jump out of the pot, so I prop it up with sticks and wire and little girls’ hair clips, and mark its stupid feeding schedule on my calendar, and count to thirty as I trickle the water onto its bark once every ten days, and move it from window to table to shelf and back again, monitoring the temperature and light levels, and even with all that attention—just the right amount of attention, mind you, it doesn’t really want too much—and petting and murmuring and careful sterilized trimmings, it still might not bloom.  It might drop all its leaves and wither, or just keep one dumb leaf and then sit there like that for two years, just one ugly leaf in a pot.  They do that to me all the time.  But not this orchid, not today.  There will be a flower.  I am breathless.

20 comments:

  1. I love your greys! They definitely match the temperature and overall mood of our area as well, unfortunately. I love that you have orchids and that this one might bloom! I had an orchid once but I killed it, I think I watered it too much. But if yours does indeed bloom please snap a few thousand photos and share them with us I would love to see it!

    - J

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  2. I love orchids but I'm sure I'll kill one instantly if brought into my home. I can't wait to see the flower. Your grays are beautiful.

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  3. Gray is the in thing over here in England in knitting judging by the amount I see, and I have seen many beautiful things created in grey crochet and knitted items recently. So, you are bang on trend and if you are enjoying it that is all that matters right! xx

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  4. I know your feling about the orchide, the plant is not pretty, but men the flowers come you forgive it :-) I got 10 orchides in a room upstairs where they have it comfortable. Some times when I remeber i bring them water and suddenly, surprise lots of buds. Then I remeber to be greatfull.
    Sorry my english

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  5. Sounds like a good idea to get some light if you suffer from SAD. If it helps it would be brilliant:)
    I got several orchids, and have tried a couple of time that some of them rebloomed. Though compared to how they were blooming when I bought them, it was only ½ the amount they were blooming...If that makes any sense..

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  6. I adore Jane Gardam - she is one of my favourite writers! Faith Fox, Old Filth, Crusoe's Daughter some of my favourites. But without doubt, Bilgewater is her book that I return to year after year. Oh how I love this novel. Ms. Gardam writes straight to my heart. Enjoy your reading! p.s. I just loved your face flannels a few weeks back and have now made a batch of my own! Thanks for the inspiration :-)

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  7. I admire your dedication. I cannot grow orchids to save my life. Can't wait to see the bloom. Gray is the new black!

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  8. I had to laugh at your orchid 'rant'. I admire you for just attempting to keep one - if I had an orchid, I'm sure it would refuse to bloom just to spite me. My Dad, on the other hand, just looks at one and it says "oh, hi there, take me home; I luuuurve you and will bloom magnificently for you". And it did!

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  9. Ohmygosh do you know what color your orchid will be? I am so impressed, we have never managed to get one to rebloom (in fact usually they die) but we have one that has lived about 7 months so far! Your knitting looks very cozy, enjoy the Olympics :-) Helen x

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  10. Kristen, I admire your ability to actually keep an orchid going towards a ... new blooming season. My light limited, overheated NYC apartment has never been able to keep orchids healthy. My love for these exotic beauties was never enough to compete with the windows, adjacent buildings and radiators.

    Perhaps I will try again when the time comes (and they call it spring) when the radiators' hissing dims._

    Jane Gardam is a fine writer. I'd never heard of her before being introduced to Old Filth by a friend. I've also read and enjoyed The Man in the Wooden Hat. Now perhaps I will check out those other novels.

    Right now, I am happy to have taken two books from my library today...Ian Rankin's return of Rebus novel Saints of the Shadow Bible, and Donna Leon's book of essays, My Venice.

    Both of the excellent reads are going to have compete for my free hours with some intense fair isle knitting for my etsy shop, and some clue-following knitting for Ysolda's Follow the Arrow. I am now weeks' behind the clue following.

    Wish I could stay home from work tomorrow to follow books and knitting!

    More snow due this weekend. xo

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  11. Love that wee bit of lime with the great! Thanks for sharing.
    Best,

    Sheila Zachariae Owner , Creative Design
    http://etsy.com/shop/sheilalikestoknit

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  12. I recued an orchid once, must be about 10 years ago now. It had been put out after Christmas for the bin men and it was really cold so, being soft hearted, I whipped it inside before harm could befall and until this summer (I hate to say this!) it flowered about 9 months of every year. I think it must have been grateful, ha, because I didn't know anything about looking after them. All I do is give it a little very concentrated feed every week all year and it sits on our bedroom windowsill. Last summer (shock) it died right back and I thought I'd lost it (sob). The roots had rotted so I cut them off and potted up all the ariel roots and (hooray) it's rallied! No sign of a flower shoot though but I'm hopeful. Love your gorgeous neutral greys. Jen

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  13. LOVE the grey .... it IS a colour and don't let anyone tell you it isn't! LOVE the orchid .... I've had 3 and have managed to kill them all so I honour your dedication! LOVE Jane Gardam - have just finished A Long Way From Verona! Have fun... xxx

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  14. Ah yes, my sentiments exactly - orchids do that to you! But when they do bloom, oh boy, isn't it worth all the wait and bother. On the other hand, sometimes the harsher you treat them the more they respond - can we win? It looks like you are winning this season so enjoy the lovely bloom(s) when they open up and shine for you! Joy

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  15. How exciting if the orchid blooms. I get despondent with plants when they start all pretty with lots of flowers and a balanced shape then a few months later they get untidy and all the flowers die! I am such a pathetic gardener that I know that its unlikely I will ever get them back to their glory again. I stick with cactii these days as they like me better!!

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  16. I did read Old Filth and love d it! I used to be very addicted to growing Orcheds even though they are so frustrating to get back into bloom! I have one like yours and it hasn't bloomed in years, but I figure as long as it is growing new roots eventually the blooms will come.
    The grey ribbing looks very cuddly and cozy!

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  17. I love gray and yours looks pretty great. Love that all you knit. I believe orchids survive on neglect!!If the water you give it goes into the bowl it is standing in, don't leave it there.Was told this just the other day after watering my elderly mothers orchid that she has in a pot in her rest home room.ShirleyN.Z.

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