Sock update, more mushrooms

A brown coonhound is curled up on a sofa with a pair of sock toes on circular needles draped over her side

The sox continue. I’m more than halfway to the place where I need to start the heel.

One of the sock toes stretched over a cardboard foot outline.  There are about 2” to the mark for starting the heel

The good news is that so far, they fit.

The coonhound looks quizzically at the photographer, while a foot wearing one of the partial sock toes is displayed in front of her.  Her expression is best described as, “are there treats in this, for me??”

Three mushrooms are currently producing:

A “totem” of poplar sections has taupe oyster mushrooms protruding from the areas between the sections
Always reliable Pohu oyster on poplar. This totem has been going since 2018. Pohu is seriously a slam-dunk if you want to try something that fruits prolifically and tastes good.
Three “totems” of cherry sections have olive colored shelf mushrooms poking out from between the sections
The crazy prolific Mukitake on cherry continues. Yesterday I pulled over 700 grams of this variety off. Still more on the way.
Small glossy brown mushrooms peek out from the interstices between sections of a cherry “totem.”
The second Nameko totem of cherry is going.

H finished splitting the hemerocallis and iris, and made nice beds for them. I ordered some early spring bulbs to fill in the cracks and entertain us when the snow melts next spring.

A roughly rectangular patch of muddy-looking soil is surrounded by rounded rocks of all sizes, and has clumps of iris and day lily punctuating the surface.  Strips of scrap lumber delineate various sections.  The whole thing is approximately 3’ by 12’

A metal lawn art pinwheel is visible in the corner of the frame

More Mukitake

A large log of cherry wood, standing on end, sawed into four sections, with shell-like brownish mushrooms protruding from between the sections

The Mukitake suddenly decided to fruit. We have them even on logs I could have sworn got Nameko spawn!

I rinsed them off to remove the opportunistic slugs and millipedes and pine needles and dirt, and they feel just like a fish. Kind of slippery and the flesh “pushes back” against your finger the way the side of a fish would. Their upper sides also look a little bit like a brown trout.

A skillet full of sauteed mushroom pieces in their own brown gravy, speckled with tiny black bits of pepper and little green leaves of thyme

I sautéed them along with a few Nameko and some butter, salt, pepper, and fresh thyme. It will make a nice gravy to go with our spatchcocked roast chicken tonight.

Crispy roasted, butterflied chicken on a cutting board

The sock toes are to the point where I need to just knit around and around in a tube until I have to make the heels. There are 27 sts per needle, 54 per sock.

Two sock toes on two circular needles.  One of the sock toes has a cardboard outline of a foot, tucked into it. The yarn is a variegated laceweight, dark & light green, and a little streak of a rusty-mustard color now and then.
Meanwhile the maples here are turning pretty red colors 🙂

Fall mushroom season has started!

Look! We have three kinds fruiting today! All on wild cherry, innoculated in the spring of 2020.

A stump of cherry wood cut into segments about 10” high and reassembled in a stack, with clusters of glossy brown mushrooms poking out from between the interstices and between the bark on the lowest segment
A small chestnut brown shiitake mushroom peeking out from between stacked cherry log segments.
Shiitake (Native Harvest™️)
A small mustard yellow mushroom poking out just above a gap between two cherry log segments.  A cluster of similar mushrooms can be seen growing deeper in the crack.
A photo of 15 stacks of logs with arrows pointing out which ones are: Shiitake (Native Harvest, Night Velvet), Nameko, and Mukitake
This is what the cluster of totems looked like last fall, when we unbagged them. It’s the shadiest part of our yard and never gets direct sunlight, even in the summer.

I like getting our sawdust spawn from Field & Forest. Their customer service over the phone is super helpful, and they sell many varieties of shiitake and lots of other species. And this totem method for inoculating has got to be the easiest way to manage mushroom logs at home – set it, and forget it! 😁

It must be fall, because our little anti-scurvy orchard came inside today, also. 🥶

Interior shot of a sliding glass door with five large potted citrus trees next to the glass.  In front of the trees there is a tall kitty condo with one kitty on it, a short kitty post with a kitty on it, and a dog bed with a coonhound on it.  To the left of the door is a chair with another kitty on it.
From left to right: Key lime, Calamondin, Calamondin, unknown orange grown from seed, Meyer lemon. How many pets can you find in this photo? Answer in the alt text. 😉

529g of Golden Oysters

I love mushrooms. I love them so much that we cultivate them.

Sections of poplar logs with yellow oyster mushrooms growing out of the interstices

With all the recent rains, our Golden Oyster mushrooms on poplar logs are fruiting! (

The slugs like them too, so I usually try to get to them before they are half-eaten. I did pretty well today and salvaged 529g. The slugs probably got about 1-2g.

529g of oyster mushrooms sitting on a kitchen scale

Over in our “refugee from SP” maintainers’ group (, MARTHA324 recently posted a mushroom stir fry recipe she enjoyed ( I think some variation of it will be on the menu tonight. 😋