Passiflora update

Well, these are really clematis, not passion flowers, but I love them passionately.

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They’re growing on this spring’s new trellis. I love how the leaves and buds echo the metal ones.

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But that’s not what you’re really here for, is it?

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Here’s Passiflora. I’m ready to start the detail at the front and back neck. Gauge has been an issue for me on this piece; I went down two needle sizes, and it’s still a little wider than I anticipated. The second needle you see there is me starting over with the next smaller size needle, just to see what would happen. It’s too small, so I’ll just soldier on with the first piece. I think I’m now knitting more tightly, and that may take care of it.

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What else is new? The Teen decided to brew some ginger beer (non-alcoholic). He likes the spicier varieties like Fentiman’s, which we don’t get very often. He got champagne yeast and these cool re-sealable bottles at FH Steinbart here in town. They were very helpful there.

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We did a tasting on Sunday, and it was pretty good! Great ginger flavor, but he realized that he had put in too much water, so it was more dilute than he expected, and less fizzy, too. Round two will happen after we finish drinking round one…we don’t have more bottles!

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The kitchen has been humming. CollegeGrad made dinner that same day, fried rice with Chinese sausage. It’s nice to have someone else make dinner sometimes! He’s hard at work, looking for work.

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And the sun finally came out of hiding, just in time for the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, an annual event here. Saturday was glorious, and fun. How was your weekend?

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Super Chikan with his gui-jo made from a ceiling fan and a guitar neck/headstock, and lots of bling.

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Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble

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Sunshine means party time!

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11 responses to “Passiflora update

  1. Clematis is one of my favorites which I dearly miss moving here from Bay Area. I had all varieties grown in my garden.

    Glad to see some knitting progress in your Passiflora. I imagine the center lacework may be the culprit for your gauge challenge since it does open up.

    It must be nice to have your teen home for summer. Enjoy. The 4th was crazy but nice spent with families and friends. Life here has been chaotic but I am looking forward for a week of relaxation before tackling on county fair entries.

    Enjoy the glorious summer days :D

  2. wasn’t it just a beautiful weekend? le sigh…

    hoping thursday is nice, i’m off then. :)

  3. Those Clematis are gorgeous!

    Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. I love ginger beer! :)

  4. Those flowers and that trellis go together like a great pattern and yarn. Sometimes it just clicks.

  5. It’s so nice that your boys are busy in the kitchen — and that one wants non-alcoholic beer (that’s a good sign!).

    I love the Passiflower pattern so I’m looking forward to watching yours come together.

  6. morewithles

    so cute to see your sons making stuff! (and i went to the fillmore street jazz festival in SF this weekend — we were probably listening to outdoor music at the same time!)

  7. Your clematis is very similar in color to the one we have! Very pretty. ;-)

    Has the teen thought about trying out Mead? It’s honey and water along with the yeast.

  8. Flowers are gorgeous, as is trellis! I need you to pick a son to send out here for a week to help me in the kitchen! No jobs, and only service jobs in the summer.

    We had guests Saturday to see fireworks at one venue, then happened upon some private ones Sunday evening, a huge expense some rich person on the hill hired that was even bigger than the resort fireworks!

    Now it’s back to normal, taking care of business. While it’s certainly not non-alcoholic, I’ve made my own limoncell0… still don’t knit. Dee

  9. Looks like you are knee-deep in summer fun over there! :)

  10. Very pretty flowers – and the sweater is beautiful too!

    Sounds like a lot of fun – and the ginger beer – yum!

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