lotsa non-knitting pictures

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ooops, is that sun bothering your eyes??
sorry—i just can’t help catching as much of the sun as i can. we had what seems like six months (oh yeah, it was six months . . .) of nothing but gray, and this week is just the opposite—brilliantly sunny, warm, and springy.

the foliage plants are all blooming now

burro’s tails (or donkey, or whatever). i just love these hyper-green flowers. they last for several weeks if my memory is correct. or at least a couple . . .
i love the secretive kind of flowers that appear on ground cover and foliage plants

the myrtle flowers are so sweet. we don’t get many violets (we probably have too many weeds), but the myrtle is really lovely, and i like its tough, leathery leaves, too.

we also have our first tulips, which are quite a splashy variety

they open wa-a-ay wide during the day and close up tight like new buds at night. i like the variegated leaves, too.
and i do have bleeding hearts, just not where i thought they were

looks like they will have lots of branches this year . . i hope those are filled with flowers, because last year there were only like two.

ok, i know—i haven’t shown you any knitting. ack (can you hear the excuse coming??).
actually i do have knitting but i was fooling around with internet connection woes all day (it’s that time of the month i guess), and i didn’t get pictures.

i got a sock almost completely done in classes yesterday, and i have progress on the sock de la mer, and on the scarf i started. but no photos. sorry!

i do have a swatch (finally) that i like for this sweet and simple shawl i’ve been trying to get started

this is it. the edging, of course, will look a little less dominant in the larger piece. it has one allover stitch that reminds me of stars, and that edging. it is a great project for a first triangle shawl, as the WS rows do not have lace knitting (except in the edging).

the shape is a wide triangle, so there is little danger of it being too long, and really you could stop any time, but hopefully at the end of a chart repeat. it can be worn around the shoulders, or scarfed around the neck. and we will do it with one skein of lanas puras melosa laceweight.
something easy enough to be a summer take-along project.

ok, i better get back to work here. hopefully this internet outage thing will not curtail my posting more than it has already, but if so, know that i wish i was.

38 thoughts on “lotsa non-knitting pictures

  1. Hooray for flowers! And spring! And sunshine! I’m glad you’re getting some time in the light. And the new shawl looks really good (politely wipes drool from chin). 🙂

  2. Beautiful greenery! I thought of you today when I saw the daffodils ready to bloom, it’s been a long winter here too and I’m looking forward to some flowers!

    The shawl will be pretty as all your stuff is. 😉

  3. I know I’m going to love that new shawl just from seeing that delicate little swatch you showed us. No pressure, though…:)

    Isn’t it wonderful when the flowers start poking up? It feels like the earth is breathing again. We have that very same red tulip—gift from Dutch friends whose father has a tulip farm!

  4. oooo! A new shawl to get excited about!!!! And I love the color, too….. but first I gotta finish the Moth shawl… and the second Casino shawl,…. but…. you say it’s easy and would be a good take along project???? hmmmm……. temptation, temptation……

  5. Lovely shawl start – and love the colour, too.

    You are WEEKS ahead of us with the plants (I’m in zone 5a, I think). I have such pangs when I see your photos! But our brave hostas are poking out their toes. Someday, sigh.

  6. Oh no!!! I’ve just fallen in love with another of your shawls… good thing I’m going on leave this summer, with lots of time for knitting (and getting ready for baby). I will definetly have to knit that beautiful shawl.

    The plants and trees are blooming here in Denmark too. It is wonderful and spring-y 😉

  7. Oh, thankfully another project! I’ve already picked out the color yarn since I know it’s going to be a beautiful shawl. And perfect timing – since I’ll need a small project to travel with this summer. Doing 1900 miles round trip on a motorcycle. I have to have a knitting project with me!

  8. Isn’t it wonderful to look outside and see all that greenery? When I see the flowers starting to grow again, it makes me feel alive, knowing that winter has finally gone. *touch wood*

  9. I can’t believe that our tulips came and went long ago but out weather has gone back to winter and now you’re ahead of us!
    I just love the look of the new shawl and the colour too. Looks perfect, as usual!

  10. That is one thing I miss about not really having a change of seasons here; the earth coming back to life. It really fills me with excitement. I love the little lace sample! Great colour too! I can’t wait to see more.

  11. Daffodils
    by William Wordsworth

    I wandered lonely as a cloud
    That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
    When all at once I saw a crowd,
    A host, of golden daffodils;
    Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
    Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

    Continuous as the stars that shine
    And twinkle on the milky way,
    They stretched in never-ending line
    Along the margin of a bay:
    Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
    Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

    The waves beside them danced, but they
    Out-did the sparkling leaves in glee;
    A poet could not be but gay,
    In such a jocund company!
    I gazed�and gazed�but little thought
    What wealth the show to me had brought:

    For oft, when on my couch I lie
    In vacant or in pensive mood,
    They flash upon that inward eye
    Which is the bliss of solitude;
    And then my heart with pleasure fills,
    And dances with the daffodils.

  12. Anne – Yet another wonderful scarf coming along from you; the shape is just what I’ve been looking for – a shallow triangle. And what a pretty edging. My queue gets longer every time I read your blog!

    Love the pictures of your spring since we’re not quite there yet.

    Thanks, Debbie, for posting the Daffodils poem; I always love to read that in late winter/early spring.

  13. I’m so happy for you that you have flowers! Here in still-gray St. Paul, we have the barest tips of the peopnies starting to show. Thank goodness for the bit of ground cover that stays green all year long.

    It’s amazing how fast you turn knitting out. What method do you use? Do you find at all that speed takes away the meditative nature of knitting?

  14. Love the starts of the new shawl! Looks like you are ahead of us on spring! I’m having fun poking around the garden and seeing who’s peeking up out of the ground. And seeing what the mole dined on all winter!

  15. I’ve got a friend who has never tackled lace yet. I think I’m going to gently nudge her to purchase that new shawl pattern when it’s finished (or I may just surprise her).

  16. What a pretty little shawl pattern – I may have to get brave and tackle this easier lace pattern. My tulips haven’t bloomed yet. Soon, I hope.

  17. We had a lovely spring day last weekend finally, and yet we are to expect some snow this weekend. *sigh*

    I love the blue of the new shawl! It’s very ‘steely’. Yum yummy yum!

    Question: Is Myrtle another name for Periwinkle? We have what looks like the same flower but ’round here it’s called periwinkle. They are so lovely…

    Thanks for the fun pictures!! 🙂

  18. Gorgeous pics….thanks for sharing. I love spring! We’ve been enjoying wonderful spring like weather but have a winter storm warning that starts early Saturday morning….more snow. Sigh

  19. I’m in love with that little swatch! I can’t wait to see the whole design.

    Here in the DC area, we went from winter to summer in one week. Last week it was freezing and rainy, today it’s 80 degrees and sunny. The bird feeders are up and full (goldfinches!) and we got our first hummingbird feeder this year, too. I’m already planning my trip to the garden center next week.

    I always say that I love winter, but I think this year I got over that.

  20. Your yard is much prettier than ours and we’ve had spring for a while now. I really really need to do something about landscaping.

    That little glimpse of shawl is so very interesting! I love the sound of stars combined with the look of the edging and the yarn. I suspect I’m gonna be whining for a kit for it in no time. I really should get off the computer and get to knitting!

  21. Here is suburban Chicago, things are just beginning to bloom. Saw som forsythia and cup magnolias today, bulbs are beginning finally. Odd how it varies from yard to yard this year. Your swatch is very interesting – love the tease.

  22. A big resounding YES to everything! It’s grey and rainy here in the Northwest and your photos were so very welcome. (We did get sun and warmth for 2 days last week, so maybe I shouldn’t complain.) And a one-skein shawl with the Lanas Puras – perfect! (I’ll start now, trying to choose which skein in my stash to use for it).

  23. Would you stop with the new things I want to knit please? I can’t keep up! And sooner or later you’ll say “no” when I say “me too me too!”

  24. Love the shawl – will that edging be knitted on as you go? (I HATE picking up stitches!).

    P.S. Like the greenery too, but I live in FLorida, so I see that all the time (sorry).

  25. Oh, the swatch is gorgeous! I have some yarn that would work great with it, and if your description is correct it’s about at my level for trying out shawl knitting.

    The plants are lovely as well… I just got spring a few weeks ago, so I know what a great feeling it is to finally see some color at the end of a long winter.

  26. I really do like that edging. I bet it will look even better when blocked. And I’m glad spring has finally arrived at your door!

  27. I’ve been itching to get back to laceknitting and your new shawl swatch/description looks (and sounds) like what I had in mind. Perfect timing!

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