A Plethora of Pickles: A YOP Update

I was a little under the weather this week, so didn’t blog. I didn’t even knit for two days! But yesterday, I caught up on my mystery knit along. Ready to start Clue 3!

I also cast on the Cemetery Cowl (Ravelry link) for a little impromptu knit along. It’s Halloween in July! Also, I sewed myself a Halloween treat/project bag.

I had to rip out the cowl and re-cast on because I twisted my stitches, of course. I was really careful so I don’t know how I manage to do that almost every time I join to knit in the round. The yarn is BFL Mohair Fingering from Forest Lane Fiber Co in Pitch and October. I also recently purchased an Apothecary Collection, and I love everything!

Especially this tiny skull planter from Ice and Dust Pottery, which I planted with a tiny coffee tree.

The garden is overflowing with cucumbers. I’ve canned five quart jars of pickles, and we have one quart jar plus a bucket of refrigerator pickles. Yes, a bucket. I went into the garden this morning and came out with enough for three more quart jars, so I ordered some that I will pick up later. I will also have to stop off for some dill because there wasn’t any at the farmers’ market yesterday and I used all my garden dill. It’s a good thing we love pickles!

I researched what might be going on with my zucchini plants, and learned that too much nitrogen + too much moisture = over growth of foliage and calcium uptake deficiency. The remedy? Plant Tums in the ground around the plant. I did it, and now we are getting zucchini! One got away from me (it’s very large) so I’m planning to make zucchini bread this afternoon.

This has been a Year of Projects Update. You can learn more about the group on Ravelry. You can read my updated list of projects here.

Here’s one that hearkens back to my youth:

22 thoughts on “A Plethora of Pickles: A YOP Update

  1. Good Golly…………….That is a lot of pickles you will have. Maybe you should sell them at the farmers market. Very interesting about the zucchini. Glad you found a remedy for it. Sorry to hear about the twisted cowl but it looks like is is fine now. I always worry mine is going to twist when I do a large cast on. Your Halloween bag is very cute. The mystery KAL is gorgeous. Lovely color and the texture on it is quite attractive. Your treasures from the Apothecary Collection are awesome. Love the little ‘pot head’.

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  2. Hope you’re feeling better and on the mend!

    Your mystery project looks so delicate and sweet. The halloween project bag is pretty sweet and the Apothecary collection looks great as well.

    You definitely have an abundance of cucs and thanks for sharing about the zucchini details … I didn’t know that could happen to them. Post pics of the bread once you make it, I love zucchini bread! 😀

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  3. All of your projects and finds are awesome! Love your apothecary collection and the little skull pot 🙂 Your mystery KAL shawl is just beautiful, as is your Halloween bag and the start of your cowl 🙂 So glad you found the fix for the zucchini problems, and also – that’s a good batch of cukes! What kind of pickles are you making?


  4. Your Cemetery Cowl is beautiful, I’m really looking forward to seeing how that knits up. This week I’ve been having the same problem with my courgette plants (as they are known here). Ive never come across that suggestion before so thank you for the tip. I hope your cucumbers come out well. Unfortunately mine haven’t grown this year so if I want to make my cucumber and onion sandwich pickle I will have to use shop bought ones, which isn’t quite the same.

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  5. Yum!! I love pickles! Your shawl is coming along very well, and that is interesting about the zucchini. Zucchini grows very prolifically here. There is a joke that is you don’t lock your car at the end of the summer you will come back to find the back seat FULL of zucchini!

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  6. If it’s any help, you’re not alone in the twisting department. The funny thing is that I so often manage to accidentally produce a Moebius but when I WANT one, I just can’t figure out how to do it. The joys of knitting. LOL.
    Zucchini? Nope. Cucumbers? No can do. Tomatoes? No way. Nothing’s growing this year. Except for the mint plants that have almost taken over the garden. Even the snails refuse to kill them. LOL.
    I love that Apothecary Collection yarn, lovely colours. Enjoy your pickles!

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  7. I was thinking if you regularly twist your stitches in the round and it is ribbing, you could start with a purl stitch rather than a knit stitch, because with the purl the yarn is in the front, so when you join it will be a purl. Just a thought.

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