I got this in the mail today from my Sockret Pal. I can't wait to find out who she is. She is so generous! There has been a constant flow of wonderful goodies ever since Sockret Pal started.
It's a gorgeous knitting bag and matching pouch for my notions. I love the colors, the feel of the fabric, the handle, all of it. Thank you Sockret Pal!
While I was outside taking photos of the lovely gifts above, I took a walk around the garden. The amount of work that needs to be done out there is staggering. Knitting has taken a lot of time from my gardening - my prior obsession, before I picked up the needles again. Some plants are rather tenacious though, and have thrived, despite my neglect.
Above is a tricyrtis hirta or "toadlily". Toadlilys are amazing plants, they have beautiful, exotic looking flowers, they bloom in early October, and are really easy to grow. The plant pictured is absolutely covered with these stunning flowers. I live in USDA zone 6, and I have these planted in a location where they only get morning sun. Aren't those speckles fantastic? Why it has such a humble common name, I do not know.