Caterpillar Happenings and a Return to Knitting

This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about caterpillars. We found a monarch caterpillar in the hydrangeas getting ready to spin its chrysalis about ten days ago.

By the time we’d finished dinner, it had finished the job.

Since then, it has weathered several rainstorms, and, despite it’s delicate appearance, seems to be incredibly strong. We are expecting a butterfly to emerge any day now. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed watching this all play out in my own garden. It makes me wonder what else is going on beneath the leaves.

Elsewhere in the garden, the sedum is in bloom.

The bees love it.

And, though we didn’t have a very successful vegetable year, Ginger did get one pumpkin.

Moving on to the topic of critters, here are some recent photos of the dogs. (Thank you, CPT A).




And the pleasant weather has meant lots of outside time for Ginger’s rabbit, Opal. Here she is on her leash:

She’s a good sport and doesn’t seem to mind the leash, but I think she prefers being allowed to roam free in her “corral”. We put Shadow in with her this afternoon.

Opal tolerated Shadow for about ten minutes, and then finally chased her out. It was funny to see. Opal is definitely a strong-minded little thing.

And, finally, with the weather cooling off, I’ve returned to my knitting. The first project on my list was a hat to replace the camel-colored one I lost last winter.

I had Ginger model it as she and I have the same sized heads.

As you can see, it’s a slouchy sort of hat.

If you wear it without the brim doubled over, it’sĀ really slouchy.

(Doesn’t Ginger look like a little gnome?)

I’ve become very fond of this style hat – it’s lightweight, yet warm, and pretty quick to knit up. If you’re interested, it’s the Sockhead Hat pattern, available for free on Ravelry.

So, that brings you up to date for this week. I hope to get pictures of the butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. If I do, I’ll share those with you soon. Until then, from the dining room table, getting ready to make the evening’s cup of tea,

Mrs. Smythe





6 Comments on “Caterpillar Happenings and a Return to Knitting

  1. I keep looking for a caterpillar or chrysalis to appear in my garden, despite several milkweed plants that are supposed to attract. What a wonderful experience for you and your family! Love the hat – great color!

    • Don’t give up! We have several milkweed plants, but this is the first year I’ve seen anything like this. The caterpillars would hang out on the milkweed, but the chrysalis is on a hydrangea, so make sure to check the other plants in your garden, too! And,thanks! (About the hat). I’m a big fan of green. šŸ™‚

  2. That’s so neat you have a monarch in your garden!
    Love the colour of your new hat: it looks great next to the flowers.

    • I love the color, too. I just wish I could remember exactly which yarn I bought. I misplaced the label, so haven’t a clue. But I do remember the company had a great range of colors and it took me a while to settle on one.