In Which the Pirate Does Not Knit.
Although I’m no longer sick, and my head is clear enough that I’d technically be able to knit, I haven’t had any time to! This past weekend, Pirate-Husband and I finally got moved into the house. Our friends descended on our apartment and whisked all of our possessions up the mountain. I found out that one more friend has started to knit again, which makes me very happy – apparently I’ve inspired her!
I pass within a few miles of a great yarn store on my way home from work, and it’s an effort to keep from turning the car into their parking lot. I can’t let buying yarn become more of a hobby than knitting it up.
Yesterday my copy of Knitting Rules arrived from Amazon. I have a few other Yarn Harlot books, but not this one, or if I did, I lent it out and can’t remember to whom. Seemed like it just belonged in my library. I also got a bread-baking recipe book, and one about how to grow my own hops. Do all knitters like beer, or is it just the knitters I know?
I don’t like beer. :D I’ll be the odd one out.
Don’t like beer? Quick, get that woman a bottle of Lindemans Framboise stat! Everyone likes beer, just not everyone knows it yet.
How.. to grow.. hops? Girlfriend!
Put hops root in ground, where it will be sunny and get lotsa water. Give it something to climb on. Now give it more to climb on, because it’ll climb and climb and CLIMB. Stand back. Further back, because once it starts growing, it GROWS. In the fall when it dies, cut it at ground level and tear off the vines. It’ll grow new ones come spring. If it stops getting huge, take a nice sharp shovel and either root prune or divide it. Try to keep it from taking over the whole mountain. There, how to grow hops in a paragraph.
I have hops vines in front of my house. They climb up the 4′ porch, up to the top of the porch, across the porch roof, up the string we slap up every spring, and wave happily over the top peak of the house roof! Hops are FUN! Here in Colorado if the season and weather are right they’ll grow a foot or more a day!