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Projects: Knitting and Garden Tour prep

“Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” — Stephanie Pearl McPhee.

baby sweater in progress

second baby cardigan

I’ve finally  had a reason to knit a couple baby items. My hairdresser is having another baby and my friend’s daughter, who used to dog-sit for us, is having her first baby. So using a simple cardigan pattern I made these two cute little newborn sweaters (I still need to sew buttons on the sweater above). The gender is not known of either baby so I got creative with colour. I’m one of those who does not believe in blue for boys and pink for girls. And since there are so many colour options available, I refuse to stick with yellow or green as neutral baby colours.

Raglan baby sweater | www.dianeschuller.com

We’ve been exceptionally busy preparing our yard for the upcoming MARS (Mount Arrowsmith Rhododendron Society) Mother’s Day weekend garden tour. It’s not a rhodo garden tour but a true garden tour of local yards that may be of interest to the general public. I’ll take more photos during the weekend.

With final prep, this post shall be short on description and long on photos. Enjoy!

www.dianeschuller.com Parksville, Qualicum Beach

www.dianeschuller.com Parksville, Qualicum Beach

www.dianeschuller.com Parksville, Qualicum Beach

rhodo www.dianeschuller.com Parksville, Qualicum Beach

www.dianeschuller.com Parksville, Qualicum Beach

www.dianeschuller.com Parksville, Qualicum Beach

Took a long bike ride this morning; the sky’s blue; the sea is calm and sparkling; the birds are busy raising wee ones; and am about to head outside again to enjoy the golden hour.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there! If my mother were still alive, she would be thrilled beyond belief that our yard is in the garden tour. I got my love of nature and gardening from my dear mother. Gardening was what she loved doing the most. Enjoy your mother this weekend and, even if she lives far away, please phone her and share with her what you love most about her.


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Gabriele - May 9, 2015 - 6:54 am

Your garden is gorgeous. What a sanctuary! Happy Mother’s Day to you.

Toffeeapple - May 10, 2015 - 7:28 am

That is a beautiful garden, you must have worked very hard on it.

Your knitting is rather lovely as well. I forgot to pack mine to bring to Scotland, so am sitting twiddling my thumbs!

Susan - May 10, 2015 - 11:09 am

Dying to hear how the tour goes. Wish I could be there.

Thimbleanna - May 10, 2015 - 1:10 pm

Wow! What a gorgeous garden! I sure wish you would come and whip my garden into shape — it’s pretty hopeless these days. Happy Mother’s Day!

Pondside - May 11, 2015 - 7:21 am

I’m visiting via Susan at As Long as You Have a Garden. I’ve had a very nice look around your Island garden. Congratulations on being in the garden tour – but what a lot of work!
Cheers from another lover of ironing just down the road.

Annie - May 11, 2015 - 3:51 pm

What a beautiful garden you have … stunning!

And I agree, knitting is a kind of meditation for me, there’s no time wasting involved.

steph - May 12, 2015 - 5:02 am

Our garden club’s big garden tour/luncheon/plant sale is today…..thankfully I’m just working the plant sale. Our garden was on tour about 8 years ago…..and I KNOW the tremendous work involved in getting ready!!! Our garden is always ‘nice’….but just not NICE!!!! Hope you all had a wonderful turn out….and the best part is you have a spiffed up garden for years to come!!! (It’s time we were on it again…..time to rework a few things!!!)

Love those baby sweaters,too….I have some littles I need to knit for later in the year. Your pattern may be just what I need to knit!

Lisa Gordon - May 13, 2015 - 4:11 pm

Diane, these little sweaters are just adorable, and I love the colors you chose for them.

These gardens are amazing too. As with your knitting, you can easily see all of the love that went into them.

I hope that you are having a wonderful week, my friend. xo.

Andi - May 13, 2015 - 7:14 pm

Your gardens are beautiful, Diane!
Love that quote from The Yarn Harlot, it is one of my favs.
Seriously, could those wee cardigans be any cuter. Gorgeous knitting, love.

Alina - May 15, 2015 - 12:59 pm

Diane, you garden shows how much love you put into it! And how can knitting be a waste of time?! I consider time spent knitting as one of the most productive!

Jessie - May 25, 2015 - 8:01 pm

What a beautiful garden! I hope the tour went just as beautifully. I spent all mother’s day with my own mom… sadly she had just broken her arm so it was a much more subdue weekend than what we had planned. She’s doing well, physical therapy starts tomorrow and I’ve been doing gardening work at both houses now – good thing that’s the fun kind of chore! 🙂

Candace - May 28, 2015 - 7:56 pm

Your garden is stunning, Diane! Yet another way you bring beauty to the world.

susan - June 6, 2015 - 7:22 pm

I am so impressed! I adore those little sweater sets and your garden..wow!! I wish I lived near you, I could really use your expert advice, on both gardening and knitting!