yep, it’s march for sure—and this crazy-making weather has me crawling around the flower beds daily, searching for signs of life and just when i finally find some, mother nature dumps some more snow on them, just for funsies.
yesterday and the day before i had the most excellent runs—cold, but the air had that spring thing going on, where it’s cool, but balmy at the same time? just lovely. and the sun! i could roll around in it all day.
and then there was this morning, when the only fit thing to do was climb onto the stationary bike for another inspiring installment of watching water drip from the eaves outside the porch door.
but better than not moving at all, i gotta say . . . and nice that we are finally turning the corner on spring, yay. the days are noticeably longer and the sun is showing its face often to spread actual warmth in its path. huh.
i am almost completely tied up with secret knitting except for this DK shawl in our breakfast blend morning smoke color which, while i only work on it infrequently and for short periods, is nearing completion nonetheless. i think i’m just a few rows away from the final hem section, which is a pattern of welting.
we got another two boxes of yarn yesterday, this time the fingering weight breakfast blend in espresso
i immediately wound a skein up with plans to cast on a pair of mitts to join in our march BNW KAL. i’ve been thinking that some mitts to match the strömming cap would be great, but that i’d prefer them to be fingering weight.
since i’m once again getting ready to travel, this will be a good take-along project for knitting in public (i know—i already have several of those on the needles; not to worry, they are coming along as well).
that’s right, i’ve been prepping my lessons and packing my bags again this evening, which is why this post is going up so late. i’ll be teaching at the black sheep knitting guild in detroit; i hear that there are still spots available and they are now open to the public.
i know a bunch of you are going to ask, “where do you get all those cute bags??”
no need to email me—here’s the skinny: three bags full on etsy; proceed at your own risk and don’t say i didn’t warn you. myself, i dare not click for fear of falling down and hitting my credit card hard, so that it accidentally puts a huge dent in my monthly budget. just saying.
(but omg, i can’t stand it; i’m so weak. i clicked anyway and right away, the garden gnomes totally sucked me in. oh, and the bento box, too. and maybe the sushi DPN case or the farmyard circulars case . . . see, this is why i must mind my own business.)
just in the nick of time, too—i’ve been noticing that the original packaging of my DPNs is becoming tattered, so that the needles often fall out when i want them to stay in.
this handy tote holds everything nice and snug; i love the idea of having everything in an attractive case that i can grab and go with any time, knowing that all my favorite sizes are now in tow. i just need to get a needle gauge that will fit one of the wider slots so that i know which needles are which.
michele’s bags and cases are so beautifully made; i can tell she enjoys putting the various fabrics together in pairings that are meant to be amusing. she sews her clever sense of humor into every piece.
not only that, michele is very generous. we’re going to celebrate my trip to teach at the black sheep knitting guild in detroit by hosting a three bags full giveaway.
if you’d like to win one of michele’s new DPN or circular cases, leave a comment at the end of this post by 9 pm EST sunday, march 10. we’ll pick one winner on monday and announce it at the earliest convenient time (i’ll be teaching and traveling, so it could be delayed a bit).
i’ll try to pop in a couple of times over the weekend, but don’t worry if you don’t see me for a couple of days; things often get hectic with these weekend gigs.
maybe when i get back, these guys will be blooming . . .