Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Black Sheep Gathering

I had a wonderful time in Eugene, stayed with a friend and went to the show on Friday morning. I loaded up on some Blue Moon Fiber Arts sock yarn. They had mill ends for sale at a reduced price so resistance was utterly futile. I also bought some brand new sock blockers.
I drooled for hours over all the beautiful spinning wheels and roving.
My favorite part was visiting all the animals, three whole barns full. There were sheep, goats and alpaca. So much cuteness! Next year I am staying all weekend!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


This is silly, but I saw it on Gails blog and just had to find out what finger I was...

You Are a Pinky

You are fiercely independent, and possibly downright weird.
A great communicator, you can get along with almost anyone.
You are kind and sympathetic. You support all your friends - and love them for who they are.

You get along well with: The Ring Finger

Stay away from: The Thumb

Sunday, June 3, 2007

The Stinkflower

We have a friend who is a gardener for Portland City Parks and in his home garden he has a flair for the unusual. He gave us a cutting of this plant last year and said it was a voodoo lily. It had attractive foliage but did not bloom. I went out in the garden this morning to discover a 12-14 inch long purple flower and another one that has yet to unfurl.
The really interesting part of this flower though is the smell. I recall being warned but was nonetheless unprepared. It reeks like rotting fish guts. There are flies hovering around it and you can literally smell it's stench from about ten feet away.
I think he also said that the bloom only stayed open for a few days. A few days of this beautiful, rotten fish flower will likely suffice.

My wonderful friend Heather is having a birthday celebration tonight and I bought her these flowers at the farmer's market today.

We have been cleaning the bricks from last week and they look pretty good. Scraping mortar off bricks is an activity that is best done in small doses so it is taking us a little while.