Dreaming of Birds

Finally, spring has sprung. The sun has been shining. The temperature has been well above freezing. The buds are swelling. I saw spring bulbs pop out of the ground in a neighbour’s garden. The birds have been singing their hearts out. The weather has been teasing us. It snowed on April Fool’s Day and I barbecued in the snow again last night. But… spring is coming. I can feel it.

dreambird-yarn Still need another wrap. KAL starts next Friday. Yarn has been chosen, and swatched. Yes, Stuart, I’m taking your advice. I’m pretty sure I won’t change my mind at the last minute. The pattern sits on my desk in front of me.  Can’t wait to cast on. Want to join me? The pattern is Dreambird by Nadita Swings on Ravelry. The pattern is available for purchase through Ravelry (about CDN$5 after the exchange). The photo really doesn’t do justice to the lovely, subtle colours of the yarn I’ve chosen. Misti Alpaca, in a dark, cool green and Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn. Did I mention that I can’t wait to cast on?

willow-sail First, I have to finish this one. In addition to being another layer to wrap around my neck this piece has been a second exercise in getting continental knitting into the muscle memory. The pattern is a wickedly simple but effective one called Sonnensegel by Ulrike Altrogge, free on Ravelry. When I chose the yarn, I thought that the solid was a lighter tone of the green fleece beside it. Beautiful spring willow green. Exactly what I need while the grey muck of winter’s end is hanging on. I was indoors under fluorescent lights. I should have taken the skein outside for some real light. Lessons in yarn selection that I’ve learned in the past but apparently forgotten. Always check in natural light. Hmmmm… it’s very yellow, isn’t it? Second lesson – if you start knitting and the colour is wrong, stop knitting! I continued anyway. Should have frogged it early on and chosen a different solid. Too late now since it’s a fuzzy mohair blend and I’d sooner rip out my eyelashes than try to frog that. Don’t get me wrong, the colours are lovely together, very vibrant. But yellow is just not my colour. If I don’t finish it before I start the Dreambird, I’m afraid I won’t pick it up again and I’ll have another WIP that gets pushed to the bottom of the pile. Then again, maybe the yellow is greener than I think. Really depends on the lighting and the proximity of the green fleece. I’m going to continue knitting and decide when it’s finished.

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