i think it’s safe to say now that spring is here. a little late, but beautiful as ever. these fritillaria that i thought i missed, have finally showed their quirky little heads to my extreme delight—these guys usually show up much earlier in april, or even late march.
we’ve had a veryy balmy week actually—in a storm-tossed, rain lased way, but nevertheless, it’s warmer.
which means that the yard is giving up it’s pretty secrets by the minute.
every time i look out my office window and across the side yard, a few more of these deep pink tulips have opened.
even the moss is blooming.
and speaking of woodland delights, one of my top five favorite spring emergences has finally come out in formation—the may apple.
now, i find these little plants amusing for a whole variety of reasons (which i’ll leave you to mull over all on your own), but i think the thing i like best about them are the stages they go through as they sprout each year (not sure sprout is the right word, though . . .)
they are the class clowns of the garden, surely, but each year, they manage to mature into tall, cool, generously wide-armed citizens of the back yard that provide enough of a shade canopy to inhibit the growth of weeds underneath. and therefore, they are my very good friends.
just a little past this patch, the lily of the valley is beginning to spread itself out across the part of the back yard that lies in deepest shade, touched by just a glimmer of filtered light each day.
in a couple of weeks it will be so thickly carpeted with them that you could lie on it and not touch the ground.
and it’ll smell like a little slice of heaven on earth for about seven to ten days; i hope i don’t miss it (i’ll be away the second week of may).
last on today’s rounds, but certainly not least are my other very favorite thing—the fiddle heads, still keeping their little chick heads tucked in tight. but very soon they will unfold and reach for the sun and when they do, they will take my breath away (i’m positive about that; they do it every year).
the fiddleheads of some of the japanese painted ferns are much further along, having already arched up and started to uncurl their fingers. they look slightly petrified at the moment but in a few weeks they will show gorgeous gradations of green, plum, and silver.
sigh . . . i love spring at our house.
now, before i launch into chattering about my knitting and weekend travel, our dear friend alice (AKA socktopus) wants everyone to know that registration for knit nation 2011 will open Sunday 1 May at 8pm BST.
if you want to familiarize yourself with the offerings and make a gameplan, check out the schedule ahead of time to do so.
i don’t know everything, but i know one thing—it’s gonna be a lotta fun. i had a wonderful time there last summer and i’m looking forward to this year’s event with equal anticipation.
ok, now let’s talk about knitting—yeah.
since i’m taking my light and portable lace projects to loopy’s spring fling in st louis this weekend, i’ve been working hard on getting a couple of sweater patterns squared away. i’ve also been spending as much time as i can working on these heavier samples, so i can leave them home when i go.
i am usually not pokey at all about getting sweaters seamed up—by the time i get that far, i want to see the piece done-done. however, this little sweater has had to be patient while i’ve been beset with a tide of distractions.
it’s not that i’m not working on it—i am—but that my work sessions are far to short and specific. i got the collar on it during class monday afternoon and bgan sewing the sleeves in during a club meeting we had that evening. and i actually stopped mid-seam and have not gotten back to it.
so it’s parked back on the spare chair in my study for the time being. i may actually work on it while we visit with company this afternoon. johnny and lacey from newstitchaday.com are coming over for the afternoon and since they are knitters, i’m sure they’ll be up for a knit and chat, haha
after lunch, that is (we’re having curry, mmm)
and i really should be packing my bag instead of blogging or entertaining today, but you only live once, right??
anyway, my knitting is pretty well packed—it’s just a matter of deciding whether to take four projects or just three (or was it four or five i was deciding between??)
i’ve been motoring along to the finish of the secret project too; this is a big deal because it’s large and once it’s done, i can play a little, yay. gotta finalize the pattern for that when i get back next week, though.
the sleeves are done now and i’ve started this left front piece. i very much want to take it along with me but i’m trying to keep my baggage very streamlined on this trip and this project is a bit of a ball and chain in that regard
due to the half-pound cake of yarn that goes with it everywhere. far be it from me to have thought of that when winding the darn thing and to have separated it to make my travel life easier. oh well . . .
it’s not like i don’t have other projects to bring that will easily fit into small bags—i do! i have plenty in fact and one sock that you don’t even see here, because it’s in my purse. but of course i want the big one, too. and that’s just silly; i’ll never get all that yarn knit up this weekend, right?
but then there is the horrible weather; i could get stuck there.
omg, imagine if we did not have knitting to save us from those situations?
ok, time to pack now; see you in st louis.