Sunday, 11 May 2014
As usual, the months seem to fly by at an alarming rate - it's only six or so weeks until midsummer, can you believe it?
We've settled into a nice groove of spring life, stopping as much as possible to enjoy what nature is offering all around us. Fluffy, new ducklings, dazzling bluebells, the fleeting blossom (especially fleeting with the high winds and stormy weather we've been experiencing).
My freezer is now stocked with little portions of wild garlic butter and pesto to enjoy around the year.
There has been some crafting - another little drawstring bag to carry knitted socks in progress. I use this simple tutorial for a lined bag as I find them the best kind for not losing double pointed needles while I'm on the move.
I'm still pottering around in the garden - perhaps I'll talk more about that next week.
Rarely does a day go by without me working on hand dyed yarns. Last week I was very much into the blues.
This week I've been experimenting with purples in a kind of ombre technique, varigating shades of the same colour.
It's all still so much fun, I wish I had more words to explain how perfect a fit this craft is for me.
Some of my hand dyed yarns are available in the shop if they catch your fancy.
I finished my gemini summer sweater which I blogged about over on my other site.
I've also been making a mandala for the Yarndale global community project this year which I cannot wait to see!
I adapted the zooty owl granny mini mandala pattern. I say adapted, actually I made a mistake which serendipitously ended up looking much more spoke-like and so is quite in keeping with the tour de france wheel theme of the project. I used scraps of yarn leftover from my rainbow beach bag and blocked it as Lucy has requested with some PVA glue to hold and strengthen the shape. I really love how it turned out.
What do your spring days look like?