Category Archives: micro

Summer break

Polifinario is on a two-week summer break and will return on Saturday, 7 August 2021.

Until then, you can browse the archives, or even better: go outdoors and inspect your own, personal Backyard Wildlife College associated campus and check what you can do to support your local wildlife!

Cartoon of a sleeping panda with little yellow Zzzz over its head
Source: screenshot from Canvas #Elemess

Not much to report, so let’s look at the garden!

For those of you worrying about my family when you saw the news of the floods in Belgium and Germany, they’re in a different part of the country. It’s been wet everywhere, but no flooding for them, thankfully. The images I’ve seen from the affected areas have left me speechless.

It’s been one of those weeks with ups and downs for me (fortunately mainly ups), but none of it is suitable for publication on the blog – maybe you’ll get to hear some of it later. That means I haven’t got much to write about, so here are a few flowers from my wildflower strip:

Pink poppy with multiple layers of petals
Pink poppy
close-up of the flowers of Evening Primrose, a yellow flower with four petals.
Common Evening Primrose, beloved by the bumble bees and occasionally visited by Hummie
Safflower (yellow and orange “thistles”), poppy, cornflower, and ? a Black-eyed Susan that’s been nibbled on? or is it a transmogrified coneflower? with some others I don’t know the names for!

They are teeming with insect life; when I watered them a few hours later than usual the other day (I prefer early mornings), clouds of small flying creepy crawlies lifted off, annoyed by the unexpected shower. It sure is a nice micro-habitat!

What’s growing in your garden?

Have a great week! I hope to have something more substantial to share next week.

Mystery project:

But soft! What yarn by yonder window lies?

sock yarn, four balls and one skein, in the colours white, pink, light grey, dark grey, and wine red
Sock yarn wound up to go, one still in the skein, all waiting to be turned into something knitted.

This Cascade Heritage Sock (75%merino, 25% nylon) is incredibly soft and sproingy (that’s a technical term for spinners and knitters, I believe), and it’s very, very fine in diameter – but that’s before washing, maybe it will bloom a bit? I’d love to see how this knits up for socks.

But these won’t be socks…

More coming soon! At least if I can knit fast… What’s on your needles these days?

Knit happens! Unbelievable, but here is an FO!

Yes, I am now known as “she who knits during meetings” and I have to say it is one way of keeping my ears focused on meeting materials. My meetings are always productive, and in cold meeting rooms I can keep myself a bit warmer than my other female colleagues, with a sweater or afghan in progress on my lap. Wool for the win!

Ja, ik ben intussen gekend als “die die breit tijdens vergaderingen” en ik moet zeggen dat is een van de manieren waarop ik mijn oren kan toespitsen op de vergadermaterie. Mijn vergaderingen brengen dan ook altijd resultaat, en in koude vergaderlokalen kan ik mezelf wat warmer houden dan de meeste van mijn vrouwelijke collega’s, met een trui of deken op mijn schoot. Gered door de wol!

These socks were not exactly large enough to do so, but they are a tangible result of a few faculty and department meetings. I think I also had them with me during AAS.

Deze sokken waren niet echt groot genoeg om dat te doen, maar dit is wel het tastbare resultaat van een paar faculteits- en departementsvergaderingen. Ik denk dat ik ze ook tijdens AAS mee had.

Yarn is Into the Whirled, Pakokku sock, “Snow angels with an ood”, knit on 0/2mm circular needle. 72 stitches cast on, 2×2 ribbing for a while, then plain stockinette and my go-to sock pattern that’s mainly hiding in my head. Made for me.

Garen is Into the Whirled, Pakokku Sock, “Snow angels with an ood”, op 2mm (US 0) rondbreinaald. 72 steken opgezet, 2×2 ribbelsteek voor een eindje en dan gewoon jersey en het gebruikelijke patroon dat ergens in mijn hoofd rondzwerft. Gemaakt voor mij.

Socks in almost self-striping pattern of dark and light blue

Zoinks!* I’m going native! Send help!

*Trying to remain family friendly, but this is an unsettling discovery that elicited a somewhat stronger term, I admit.

I think after more than four years in the US, I’m starting to go native, despite my best attempts to not be contaminated.

I just loaded my nachos…

Homemade loaded nachos. Improv dinner

And boy… was it tasty…