Spring is definitely springing around here. The weather has been spectacularly beautiful for the last couple weeks. Warm and sunny, hot on some days. The garden is growing as if it were June already. Proof below… check out the incredible wildflower meadow beside my deck!
Not only do we have this glorious field of purple and gold, we have the promise of fragrant blooms. This is especially wonderful since we planted four new lilacs two years ago and last year’s buds were all frost-killed due to an unseasonably hot March followed by a very cold April. Just looking at the blooms swelling, I can almost smell the loveliness.
Clearly, the garden has been intensely creative lately. As for me, well… despite evidence to the contrary above, I’ve been pulling misplaced plants and tidying the garden. I am trying to embrace my inner ecologist (hang on… I am an ecologist) and accept the wildflowers (not weeds) which grow abundantly in my yard. We’ve been out on the deck barbecuing a lot lately. Many dinners in the warmth, even back in April. I’m sure we’ll pay the price for this early spring delight but I’ve been enjoying it as much as possible.
I haven’t been drawing as much as usual but I have been knitting plenty. Two projects going now. The one on the right is Dreambird… 1/2 to 2/3 done. The one on the left is Jaybird.
Had to add Jaybird to the WIP list because I needed something I could do without thinking about the pattern while waiting for various piano, swimming and squash lessons… and orthodontic appointments.
I mentioned in the last post that things have been very creative around here. Less zentangle than usual and flurries of other activities to abide by the “create every day” rule. Does spring cleaning count as creativity? That’s been going on as well. But mostly, daily tangling has been sidetracked by a flurry of knitting.
Friday was the first day of a KAL (Knit A Long) for the Dreambird shawl. To prevent abandoned wip guilt, I spent a lot of time leading up to last week finishing the yet to be named wrap that was on the needles. Both are shown in this post.
So… the Willow green/yellow wrap is done. Ummmmm. Kind of. I ran out of the yellow yarn and thought I was at the finish line. I finished the last colour stripe and bound off the wrap. And I took it outside to see if I liked the colour or not. I like it. I think. Maybe. Only one problem. Unless I shrink by about 3 feet and 100 pounds, there is no way it’s long enough to be a wrap for me. Lesson #3 on this wrap… triple read the ball band. I needed about 400 meters of the yellow. I had been looking at several possibilities and neglected to triple check. It was the other skein that was rejected that had 400m. This one only had 250m. Oops. Frog it or find someone tiny to give this to… hmmmmm.
The good news is that I have two balls of each of the yarns for the Dreambird. There will be leftover yarn, I’m quite sure. I showed the yarn choices in the last post about it. Yup, I did. Guess what? I knit the first feather and background sections and didn’t like the green. So much for swatching to confirm my choice, eh? Friday afternoon, I stopped by one of my favourite yarn shops and found a perfect sock yarn to use instead. Alpaca sock yarn… can you say soft? My feet might be jealous.
I took a picture of the progress so far. Four feathers done and lots to go. We had a bright moment in our dreary spring morning so I lay the wrap out carefully to take its picture and went to get the camera. This is the resulting photo.