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

Just checking in

Wow. Has it really been so long since I posted something other than maintenance anniversaries? Time is flying, although I’m not entirely sure I’ve been having fun, exactly. LOL

I’ve been trying to hold steady here, through our fall harvest (tomatoes, especially, are being canned and dried and eaten as fast as we can pick them)

A tray full of shiny red and yellow tomatoes of various sizes abd shapes
A baking tray showing a thick layer of face-up halved tomatoes in the process of drying
Vanna White sitting on a bench, looking through chicken wire at a tray of sliced tomatoes drying in the sun

I’ve been knitting stuff, including learning fisherman’s rib

A cowl knit in the round, using a pattern from here:

and brioche,

A dishcloth swatch of “honeycomb” brioche, learned from

trying out an idea for a lizard ridge mobius cowl,

Vanna white (cat) curled in a little ball on the corner of an ottoman. A knit cowl takes up most of the rest of the space.  It is half and half mustard dishcloth yarn and variegated autumn colors.  If you look closely, you can see that the origin is in the middle with the knit growing one side, and purl on the other.  There are short-row “bumps” because it is Lizard Ridge pattern

and revisiting the ballband dishcloth, just because.

The “front” side of a 34-stitch ballband dishcloth with black interstices and a fall ombre yarn forming the “bricks.”
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