Life Dispatch, Vol. 3

We are thick in the heart of Fall. Here it’s the Final Days. The decent weather is coming to an end. Daylight savings is next week. It’s time. Time to take down the summer garden after picking the last handfuls of tomatoes. Plant garlic. Chop back the asparagus patch. Acknowledge there are flower beds in need of care before the Dark Days arrive any moment now.

So much to do.

This whole business about gardening being a summer project is a big myth. It just never ends. I am not even going to pretend I might get to it all.

Instead I am going to carve our home-grown jack-o-lanterns, roast pumpkin seeds, pick our persimmons, take note of the changing leaves, and call it good.

Or at least something like that.
Last year I dried the persimmons. We have so many. Too many for baking. But the dried persimmons weren’t a big hit. I think the chickens were treated to half of them.

I have a new strategy this year:  cocktails.

Persimmon mojitos. Persimmon margaritas. Persimmon moscow mules. Persimmon sangria.

I can’t wait.

Thank you to everyone and your kind words last week. My latest pattern release was such positive experience. Truly, as a whole, knitters are such lovely people. I believe I have remarked before in this space that we knitters should band together, pick a pretty spot somewhere on this vast planet (I vote for somewhere warm and tropical), and start our own nation of knitters.

I already know just how our flag might look–a ball of yarn crisscrossed with knitting needles. And it would be knitted. Of course. Waving in the wind on a bamboo pole, flitted with light through the shade of a palm frond.

I can see it now.

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14 Comments

  • Reply Paula @ Spin a Yarn October 24, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Fantastic idea on all of the cocktails 🙂 I truly, deeply miss my Grandma’s Persimmon Pudding. It was so much fun going out to gather the persimmons in the fall and look forward to the deliciousness that was to come once we got back to her house.

  • Reply nanacathy2 October 25, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Quite right knitters of the world unite. Lots to do in our garden too. Good luck.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life October 25, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      Why can’t the garden gnomes do all the work so we can sit back and enjoy? I mean, seriously…

  • Reply woolythymes October 25, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I do so want to join your nation of knitters, but I’m afraid I would have to live in a little northern colony (you can still govern me, I’d be too busy knitting to really care) that was fall year round. I could wear my woolies and be inspired by all the great fall colors!!!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life October 25, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      Come one! Come all! You can be President of Knitter Nation, if we even have elected officials, that is…

  • Reply Andi October 25, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Amazing garden. Count in me in on your knitter’s unity club. 🙂

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise October 25, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    I”m not sure I’ve had a persimmons so now I need to look it up and see if I have or not. I’m ready for the time change!! But the after dinner walks will come to an end..

  • Reply knittingwithheart October 25, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Hey Andrea, I’m with ya on the yard work and that tropical knitting nation idea 🙂 Thought maybe I’d reblog this post… but… can’t find the “reblog” or even the “like” button… Is this just my iPad messin’ with me? 🙂 ♥ <3

  • Reply knittingwithheart October 25, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Oh, silly iPad… found the “like” button, at least! 🙂 ♥ <3

  • Reply AlisonH October 28, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I’d love to plant a cinnamon or chocolate persimmon tree but they need a pollenizer, and the idea of trying to deal with the crops from two of them just does the whole idea in. But I love persimmon trees and the bright spots they create in the landscape. Not to mention tasty.

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