October 10, 2006

Week in Review

Last week on Monday at Feral Knitting, this was the scene:


Wendi's baby is due this month, so we had a little cake to celebrate the imminent arrival of this new little person. (Behind Wendi, you see Rebecca knitting on her intarsia pillow cover, April browsing a pattern book, and Devorah counting stitches.)

I took a page out of Ryan's book and was so busy gabbing with the other Feralites that I knitted a grand total of 76 stitches (the width of two pattern repeats) on the Sandness sweater. Good thing Scott didn't give me any deadlines, when he mentioned that he'd like me to knit this sweater for him.


Pumpkin field at Zestful Gardens.

Every Tuesday since June, I've been driving out to a little family-run farm, Zestful Gardens, in Puyallup to pick up produce. The farm is a CSA (community supported agriculture). My eldest sister and her husband have had a share in the farm for the past three years that they have split with a friend of theirs. This year, their friend decided not to participate. I've always been intrigued by the notion of a CSA, so this year we Campbells are splitting the share with my sister and brother-in-law. (And all summer long, I've tried to get good photos of my sister at the farm, but the brilliant sunshine and the deep shade have defeated my little Sony camera.)

My sister is a gourmet cook, as I've written about earlier. My own interest in cooking comes and goes. Picking up produce at the farm has given me a whole different strategy for menu-planning. "Well, I picked up 7 pounds of tomatoes this week, now what do I do with them?" Some of the items -- kohlrabi, for example -- have been things I've never bought at the grocery store and have never cooked before. Several times over the summer the share has included one head of cabbage (among other things). Split between my sis and me, that's given me half a head of cabbage to put in corned beef and cabbage. Scott has never been happier to come home from work and sit down at the dinner table.

The summer share runs through the end of October. It's been an interesting variety of stuff -- we even had cantaloupes and watermelons, two weeks' running this summer. Who knew you could grow melons in western Washington state?

We've been impressed enough with the variety, the 100-percent organic quality, and the incredible freshness of the produce we've gotten this summer season that we've decided to continue on with the winter share, which will take us through November and probably into December.

In Two Swans Yarns news: I am pleased to report that the Two Swans website has been improved. There had been a couple of programming glitches that had plagued the shopping cart. But those were de-bugged, as of last weekend -- hooray! (If you are someone for whom the shopping cart would not cooperate, I hope you will give it another chance. It will be on its best behavior, now.)

And, there's even more improvement in the website! The Projects template now works just the way I've always wanted. Visit a Projects page, such as the page for the Alcea sweater, and you can now purchase all of the supplies for that project with one click of the button -- if you need different quantities of any of the items, simply enter your quantities in the little boxes on the screen. (I am still doing some data entry, behind the scenes, to bring all of the various projects listed on the site up to speed with how the template works -- am about 50-percent finished with this task.)

Posted by Karen at October 10, 2006 11:32 AM

I love the idea of buying all the yarn for a project with one click. Great idea. Hey, where are you for the Feral Knitters meeting? It looks like a large, interesting space. That sure is one adorable Mom-to-be.

Posted by: Anne at October 10, 2006 10:26 PM

The Ferals meet in a food court at a shopping center in north Seattle. The shopping center is not your typical Nordstrom/Macy's/JCPenney's type, and the food court is not your typical McDonald's/Cinna-bon type either. The shopping center is more home-grown than that (a local book store, a florist, a ballet school), and the restaurants are all local, too. The Ferals come from far and wide, so this meeting place has been located sort of in-the-middle, and with the food court, people can feel comfortable coming straight from work and getting a bite to eat before they knit.

Wendi *is* one adorable pregnant lady, isn't she?

Posted by: Karen at October 11, 2006 07:06 AM

Nice post! Love the punkin-patch photo! I'm going to visit 2 Swans asap. I'm a sucker for a good website...

Posted by: Rebecca at October 11, 2006 08:39 AM

Karen, glad to hear your website has been fixed. I noticed that about the project quantities the last few times I ordered. I hope to join the Feral Knitters this Monday - Rebecca says she'll introduce me to folks. Looks like a great bunch of people - but aren't all knitters wonderful people? Take care and thanks again for all the great yarn and super service!

Posted by: Naomi at October 14, 2006 01:36 PM