It was an extra long weekend due to a lovely April ice storm, just after the snow melted, and then came back. Today was 17'C. Hello, spring! I've decided not to even try to figure out what you are going to do next.
Luckily the power only went out for an hour on Friday.
I alternated between soap making, 8 different kinds for a spring festival next month
and maple syrup finishing,
and eating. The sap is still running but I am out of time to do any more.
There was also some seed starting
Time to put my feet up and relax think about the next project, of course.
. Spring is the season that can't make up it's mind.
It's a little cruel to get snow after a warm stretch of days, especially after a long winter, and winters are always too long!
But the days are definitely longer, it's sunnier and that sun is hotter. The cold has changed from a bitter sting to a damp chill.
The temperatures rise above zero during the day (finally) but fall below at night.
This means it's sugaring time, just the right temperatures to tap the maple trees for syrup.
One of the first signs of spring, just before the daffodils bloom and the robins sing.
I took this photo last week on the way to collect the maple sap:
These were some good-sized coyote tracks in the driveway (Most of our coyote population is half-wolf and therefore large)
The sun was hot and all ice and tracks were gone by mid-afternoon.
The wild turkeys are out too, that's a sign! You can see them at the bottom of this post here (I haven't got a good photo of them yet this year). And now there are three males strutting their stuff and more ladies ignoring them. There is quite a party going on out there most mornings.
Since I wrote this post there has been more hot sun followed by, sigh, more blowing snow.
No blossoms yet. Like the lighter dresses and strappy sandals hiding deep in the closet, I will have to wait a little longer for them.
As she wanted reindeer, he wanted snowflakes. I was very tempted to title this post "Whew!" as that is what I am feeling. It was a long haul to the finish line, due to several unforeseen interruptions in the flow of knitting and so, in the end the -maybe I'll get it done for Christmas- became an Easter sweater!
No matter, it's done, it fits perfectly, he loves it and well, did I say it's done?
For this one I followed the pattern of the Daughter Sweater and found some photos of traditional Cowichan sweater motifs and fit them in to this pattern, more or less. There was some other finangaling around and waiting time (for the boy to actually come home so I could measure his arms and that bad moment near the end where I had to redo the last motif) but I still insist it is a relatively fast knit.
I didn't get a photo of him wearing it as it was a drive-by drop off on the way home from Easter dinner and he had just got off from work and put it on immediately. After a short visit we all proceeded to the elevator of his apartment, where we then got stuck for an hour!
I used the same Cascade Ecological wool as for his sisters, natural grey instead of brown this time.
I have extra yarn left from both sweaters and matching mittens were requested. So, I'm not completely done yet...
I was given a small bag of leather scraps so I got to work to see what I could do with it.
Patches for my husband's at-home "work" pants, a small pouch, a simple purse.
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I used Cascade Ecological wool. I liked the un-dyed, natural colours of this wool. The hanks are very large which is economical and well, not so much. ( for example if you need just a little more of one colour and have to buy a whole other big hank, ahem)
The pattern is straightforward. Folks who have knit it before me have complained that the sleeves are too long but that's not a problem for my family. The sleeves are just right.
I have a feeling the pockets are going to sag (even if she never put her hands in them again) so I may sew them up.
Dare I say it's a relative fast knit, even though I took ages to make it happen!
In the first photo the sweater is not blocked as per the instructions but I thought it needed it so I did a light blocking, shown below. It even helped the pocket situation, a bit.
It was important to knit this pattern first because for the second jacket for my son, he chose his design from a photo and I needed a sweater template to fit the design into.
But don't get too impatient, I'm still on the sleeves and he's got to come home to model it!
At just about the same time last year, I was selecting seeds for planting in the garden. Vegetable seeds. I was standing in front of an enormous seed display (a simple pleasure in itself). I chose the basics that I knew would grow well, squash, beans, cucumbers, kale, broccoli, leeks and tomatoes.
Then I came across a packet of seeds for Strawberry Popcorn. I did not need these seeds at all. It was an impulsive buy but I couldn't resist. I guess it was the name and the idea of it, so colourful on a snowy January day.
Fast forward one year.
The tiny cobs from my harvest were in a bowl on the edge of the counter this January. I got out a knife and hulled the first one, and then another.
Into the popcorn popper they went and viola!
A satisfying snack with salt and butter ...and a movie.