Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Old Yarn, New Yarn, and (what else?) Wildflowers

I'm not a hoarder. Really I'm not. Except, perhaps, when it comes to craft supplies and UFOs. It's hard to let go of all those crafty bits and bobs because, of course, they might come in handy some day.

That day finally came!


Many a time, whilst cooking eggs, have I looked down at the cast-iron pan and said to myself, "I really should make a cover for this handle." (Then my thoughts jump ahead to something else and I forget all about it until I use the pan again.)

A few mornings ago, as the eggs scrambled (possible soap opera title?), it struck me that wool, being naturally fire-resistant, would make a great handle cover. Felted wool. Hmmm. Hadn't I just seen some in the crafty hoard stash?

Why yes - a failed eyeglass case. Just the right length too - it only needed a bit trimmed off, and some taking in around the edges:

And a lazy daisy for added beauty. Bingo!

A few days later, rooting through a pile of fabric, I came across another piece of felted wool. (No idea what I had planned to make with it.) Perfect for the other cast iron skillet!

I rashly cut into it, and promptly found that the piece I cut was too short. So I franken-stitched it together with the piece trimmed from the eyeglass case (which of course I had kept because it might come in handy), then seamed the long edges into a tube and stitched one end shut. It turned out kind of cute, I think:

A minor triumph for crafty hoarding.


My favourite nephew and his wife just returned from Iceland, and a few days ago he sent me a package. A large, lightweight package. Could it possibly be ...

Yes, it could! Icelandic wool, straight from the source. And some delicious Icelandic chocolate.

What a lucky aunt I am. :)


Sunday is hot and sunny and gorgeous - a little foretaste of summer. A good day to try riding again.

There's a bumper crop of buttercups this spring. Don't they look cheery against that blue sky?

These particular buttercups are growing at the edge of a marsh. Just behind them, almost hidden in the tall marsh grass, are several flag iris:

And completely hidden in the grass are some waterfowl that make a sort of grunting noise - possibly merganser? As I can't see them it's hard to make a positive identification.

A tiny flash of pink at my feet is a flower that looks like a member of the pea family. Later research suggests Marsh Pea (Lathyrus palustris):

Across the road a blackbird watches me from an aspen full of wind-tossed leaves:

(What a welcome sound is the rustle of leaves, after so many months with no leaves at all.)

A mile up the road are some large drifts of tiny white blossoms - stiff sandwort, I think:

A season or two back I remember seeing one sandwort plant here, and this year there are several square yards of it. You never know which wildflowers will star on the annual stage.

Just a few feet away is a new-to-me flower, later identified as Hairy Penstemon (P. hirsutus). It seems to be past its flowering prime, so I feel lucky to have caught it:

Back on the bike, with Tallulah keeping a wary eye out for cars:

Meadow Anemone are very large and plentiful this year:

Some wild grass going fluffily to seed:

Hoary vetch (much more beautiful than its name):

Last week Mr. M saw a large, smooth-shelled turtle (on a different road). I'm now approaching a spot where I saw a similar turtle a few years back. So I'm keeping a lookout, in case I get lucky again. And what do you know:

I can't tell if it's the same one I saw in 2013 - the size is pretty close, but this one's shell is more scarred. Do turtles have territories? If they do, this is probably the same one. Another sighting and I'll have to give it a name. ("How about Erda?" says Tallulah.)

Locust trees are flowering now, their sweetness stealing through the air:

Tiny fruit of field pennycress:

Later I pass what looks like black or dark brown flowers growing in a field:

They turn out to be dried blossoms of some kind. Does anyone know what they are? (I'm stumped.)

Just up the road is another marsh, with what looks like small yellow flowers on red stems growing up from the water. A little research suggests they may be bladderwort, a carnivorous plant (and another new-to-me flower):

Here endeth the first ride of June.


What's blooming in your neck of the woods?

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  1. I'm no hoarder either, but I don't ever throw craft stuff out. Great idea to make handle covers.
    Glad you're able to ride a bit more.
    Always such beautiful wild flower.s

  2. Oh what a neat project. Ahhh now Spring has at last made it your way. Such lovely Spring flowers...so love all the pictures. Yum on the yarn! :) I hope each day finds you in less and less pain sweet friend. ((hugs))

  3. Love your pictures of your June ride. Such gorgeous wild flowers!

  4. I enjoyed your June ride and I bet Tallulah was pleased to get out on the bike again. I'm not a hoarder either but I do wish things wouldn't fall out of my cupboards every time I open the doors. Great pan handle covers a good idea too. I hope you are feeling better, have a great weekend. :) xx

  5. What did Tallulah think of that big turtle? Your ride is gorgeous and that yarn is so beautiful. Take good care Sue.

  6. Lots of good photos!!! Beautiful flowers, but ugh...........those turtles. Here we call them soft shell turtles and they are meaner than the day is long. I like most animals. I do not like soft shell turtles. LOL

    That was a great crafty make ..........no more scorched fingers!

  7. What fun to find such a nice big turtle on your ride! I wonder how they live so long if they cross those roads. I enjoyed the handle covers.. very nice.. I need to make a few! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. What an excellent use of your not hoarded materials, Sue😃 I just got back from camping and I need to make some handle holders for our iron skillets! Thanks for the idea and sharing your making process. I am allowing some Buttercups to bloom in my front flower garden...they are good fillers of space...until they try to bully their way into the other flowers I am trying to grow. I still think that Wisconsin and the world needs you to gather some of your wildflower ride pictures with Tallulah into a book form and submit them to a publisher, but thanks for letting me admire your work for free...though I do feel guilty... 🤗

  9. My theory is that craft supplies, and especially yarn, mate and multiply in the night. It is the only explanation.


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