Worth Every Minute

Asparagus takes three years to mature in the garden.

Year one: plant crowns 18″ under the soil. Mulch heavily. Water and wait. Watch the little sprouts grow and use every ounce of self control to resist the urge to pick and eat. In the autumn, prune to the ground.

Year two: Water and wait. Watch the little sprouts grow and use every ounce of self control to resist the urge to pick and eat (you can harvest very lightly, but never much and not enough to cook anything good with.). In the autumn, prune to the ground.

Year three: Harvest time, Baby!

Is it worth the wait?

WORTH

EVERY

MINUTE

Yum.

You all know how I am with recipes, but I’ll give it a shot:

What you see here is a bunch of asparagus (purple, of course), sauteed in 1 stick butter. Add leftover chicken and heat through. Salt to taste and serve over that skinny spaghetti (what is it called?). That is a meal I can be proud of…

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The Good News and The Bad News

Pink. Sweater number 1 in the Year of the Sweater Project is now complete. I don’t mean “just needs ends weaved in” finished. Nor do I mean “just needs buttons” finished. I mean, this baby is ready to wear. I found the most wonderful buttons. Perfect buttons. Not too flashy, not too plain, not too big, not too small buttons. Goldilocks buttons. Yeah, baby. These are just right.

They look pretty good on the sweater, too.

That is the good news.

The bad news? I finished it just in time for Spring. Behold, a beautiful sunny California day.

Yes, I am hot. I mean tempurature-wise, of course. (disclaimer: I know this isn’t the most flattering of sweaters. It isn’t meant to be. This will be my cozy coat. My winter comfort. It is huge. I planned it that way.)

So there you have it. I call her Pink. She is the Vine Lace Top Down Cardigan from Sweater Babe in Malabrigo Chunky “Pink Frost” with only small modifications (longer sleeves, no pockets and larger collar). I am pretty happy with how it turned out. I might turn on a fan in here just so that I can wear it…

I am 1/7th finished with my huge, crazy project. Think I can make it?