I patiently removed and destroyed those hungry Japanese Beetles that don't show any mercy for my little flower, I fertilized the dirt and I placed some Bugs Traps. In vain... Every day, the Beetles are back more determined than ever to get that little Rose!!!
So, today after 6 long days of fighting for her life, I decided to short my poor little Rose's misery.
After getting rid of her molesters I cut her off and invited to stay home with us.
I know her days are numbered but after all she has been through, I think she deserves to go nicely, comfortably displayed in a cup of water at home and surrounded by the ones who love and admire her beauty...
Of course, she has been physically scarred by the repeated assault of which she has been the victim, but does it really matter? She is finally BUG FREE and in Peace... :)
I have heard on the Sexy Knitters Club that some of the participants to the KAL - also using TLC Cotton Plus - had to go down to #5US sometimes instead of #8US instructed in the pattern to get a tighter texture that wouldn't show some skin once the top would be worn...
I don't seem to have that problem but of course I didn't check that matter...
Since my gauge was right with needles #8US, I didn't even think of it!
Mmmmh... I guess I should have... What if my top was not opaque enough to be worn decently in public?
I was a little worried, so I decided to run a little test: I stretched my Tempting II; I mean really stretched it - probably more than it will ever will be - and I was pleased to see that my stitching is tight enough.
Maybe it is because of the dark color I am using... (?)
= Another weekend is gone and we are finally completely done with the other house! We have turned the keys back to the owner and we are so glad that we can now only concentrate on being settled in our new house before the August vacation! We would like to take time to enjoy the summer and to be more available for the kids. Thomas the Tank Engine will come to our town soon. We haven't told our son yet but he is going to be delighted! He LOVES Thomas! We also plan to take the kids to the zoo. That should be something too! :)
Right now, it is cooler to stay home than going outside during the day. Too bad for the beach but I still have so much to do in the house anyway! So many more boxes to open from the move!
= We got rid of the pest on Saturday morning! As so many of you suggested, we cut the branch where the webworms were on off the tree and put it a thick trash bag. Same treatment for the Japanese Beetles. I cut the infested roses and delicately disposed them in the same trash bag that we thoroughly sprayed with waps pesticide (it worked like a charm) and tightly closed! Then, we burned the trash bag. I felt so much better after those ugly bugs were gone! But then, when I checked on my roses Sunday morning, there was another Japanese Beetle in my rose bush!!! Aaaarrgh!!! I got rid of it but I guess I am going to have to check on my roses daily... This morning, the rose bush was bug free but I am going to jump in my car and to go get those bug traps that so many of you recommended!
I want to deeply thank all of you who took time to answer here and to help in my pest control "crusade"! :)
= I am more knitting that crocheting lately but I have just printed out this morning a Crochet Capelet project that might turn my mood back to the hook. I am on a Stash Reduction Mission and that seems to be the perfect project for using the Homespun Yarn that is in my stash...
= I finally cast on my Tempting II and it is going great so far.
Today, 14 Juillet, is National Holiday in France. We celebrate the French Revolution, la Prise de la Bastille.
On July 14 1789, the people of Paris stormed the Bastille, an old fort and royal prison, and rose in rebellion. The French Revolution ended the monarchy and set up the Republic. In 1791, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen proclaimed the principles of liberty and equality for all.