Sunday, October 8

Socktoberfest! A Few Days Late!

On Friday night, in the midst of a jam session of my new favorite band, Third Leg, and also in the midst of a good old nostalgic beer-fest on my part, I found an old friend of mine. Actually I found his blog. We spent oodles of time way back when convincing each other that german class was to be avoided in favor of coffee. I owe all of my german knowlege to the fact that some of the boys in that class were too cute to miss.

He just signed on for Socktoberfest, and after looking at my sock collection:

Can't imagine what's wrong with this pair, can you? Um, I need to fix the long one.

This was my first sock, completed in January. I think it's time for a mate, don't you?

This one is probably going to be frogged until later - the needles have crappy joins, and I spend more time pushing the stitches around the needles than I spend actually "knitting".

Anyway, I have a few sock issues to work out, as you can see. Why not try and finish up a few things during Socktoberfest? Also, I have to get some of these off my plate so that I can feel good about starting the socks I've been salivating over for almost a year:

Embossed Leaves (and Fleece Artist sock yarn! Joy!) in the perfect shades of green.

There are a few other things on my mind. This plant has pretty much been left to die in my mom's room, and I want to revive it. Do any of you have green thumbs? Can you tell me how to save it? I've run out of ideas after giving it a)sunlight and b)water. (It was left in a dark room without attention for a few months.)

What do you think, is there still hope?

Hmm, I wonder why my pictures are cutting off at the bottoms?


Jess said...

I would suggest getting some plant food/fertilizer to revitalize it. See if that helps - if not, it might be helpless.

d said...

you could try trimming it a bit or repotting and dividing with fertilizer etc.

Sunny said...

It really looks bad. Repotting it crossed my mind, but what if it's too big of a shock to the poor thing? It's already at death's door...

Sunny said...

how much does one trim?

d said...

not sure how much, but never more than a third of the plant, i believe

Sunny said...

Hmm. That sounds right. Does that include the dead parts, or just the live ones?

Anonymous said...

You don't know me but I'm a friend of Cameron that has followed your blog for close to a year now. I'm a knitter so I get a kick out of your knitting projects and I'm envious of your abilities! Anyway, the plant looks like a Christmas cactus. I'm currently nursing one to grow in my own home that is a third generation cut off the origional. Talk about pressure not to kill it. My aunt (who has a beautiful one that she has kept health for years) has told me the they do best in the . Keep the plant in a well-lit location away from drafts from heat vents, fireplaces or other sources of hot air. The plant is a tropical type cactus and is not quite as drought tolerant as the name implies. Well-drained soil is a must for Christmas cactus. Use a commercially packaged potting mix for succulent plants or mix your own by combining two parts plain potting soil with one part clean sand or vermiculite. Keep the plant in a well-lit location away from drafts from heat vents, fireplaces or other sources of hot air. Ok enough pointers, especially if it isn't even a christmas cactus! Good luck. I'll let you know if I get any more pointers.

Sunny said...

Thanks! It's is a christmas cactus, and those pointers will totally help.

It's nice to see a new commenter around these parts. Welcome! And thanks for the tips!