Last spring I used some jute twine to crochet a pair of soles for Jennifer Appleby's über-cute Seaside Espadrilles in Interweave Crochet Spring 2006. Alas, the project never quite got off the ground, as it were, and became a UFO. A year later, the espas are still only soles.
While I could use new beach footwear, after the soaking rain from Tropical Rainstorm Barry, the main crop tomato plants needed staking and the bean trellis wanted securing. And jute is my favorite garden twine, so...
It occurs to me this is the second time I've ditched a Jennifer Appleby pattern. They're cute and clever, but somehow don't quite make the cut. Oh well, the veggie patch is much happier now and that's one less UFO.
This 'Rutgers' tomato plant needs a good rousing cheer, though. Two weeks after transplanting, it's still under 5 in (13 cm) tall. By contrast, this 'Celebrity' tomato plant is 18 in (45 cm) tall – see all the twine needed to stake it? (The digicam color balance is off, the mulch didn't really change color between pix.)
'Rutgers' is an heirloom Jersey tomato – it oughta feel at home roundabout Exit 151, especially with the old teacher's college up the hill. Go Rutgers!