In which I rip on spring and on spring - not so much.
Slayer bells ring, are you listening?
I had a thought for those of you who are still looking for something to knit for the Buffy Kal.
Amy mentioned that there is a line from one of the episodes of Buffy of wearing cheese, or more like, "I wear the cheese, the cheese doesn't wear me." This brought to mind a sweater I saw in a back issue of Knitters Magazine Fall 2002 called Swiss Cheese. It also has a pattern for socks. Now I don't know if you can still get this issue, however if you can't, I think you could easily substitute a simple pullover sweater pattern and add the holes by randomly casting off a couple of stitches and then casting them on over the hole again in the next row, and for smaller holes yo/ K2 tog. Just a thought.
In the lane snow is glistening.
How it was.
How it should be.
Spring is sprung the grass is ris, I wonder where the flowers is?
This is the picture I took of my boulevard garden on April 4th before going to see the Yarn Harlot in St. Paul.
My boulevard garden week three.
And week four.
Our Spring Break, Minnesota Weather Breakdown April 2007
Saturday - Day 1 - Rain
Sunday - Day 2 - Rain
Monday - Day 3 - Overcast
Tuesday - Day 4 - Rain then Snow
Wednesday - Day 5 - Cold & Windy
Thursday - Day 6 - Sun but still cold.
Friday - Day 7 - Freezing
Saturday - Day 8 - Still Cold with even colder Wind chill.
Sunday - Day 9 - Sunny but still cold
End Spring Break.
So, not so much love from the Minnesota weather this spring break. So in an effort to comfort ourselves we rounded up some green things around us to cheer us up and bring a little warmth to our chilled hearts.
A custom made letter tile bag for my Scrabble game sewn and embroidered by my mother. She made and gave one to each of her girls last Christmas.
The hem of the green Jo Sharp sweater, Stellar, that I am knitting for me sister Lynn, eventually.
If you have a child in grade school then you already know that this is a green Tamagachi, which brings my youngest daughter hours of distraction and joy.
This, now green, heirloom headboard that came to us from the farm of my husband's grandfather, Grampa MacDonald. Oh, yes, it's true Ol' MacDonald had a farm.
The headboard is currently being used by my daughter Ani, so if you ever wondered where my daughter lays her head each night, there you go.
A 2cool4school twisted stitch knit cap. I came across this Meg Swansen twisted stitch cap design a couple of years ago and on a whim decided to knit one.
I gave it to Ani because she liked it, she doesn't wear it because, like me, she doesn't really wear knit caps.
Katie found it the other day and came into my room and asked me if she could wear it, I said "sure."
The Lizard Ridge Square that I knit in Noro greens and blue and sent to Stephania for her Afghan 4 Afghans blanket that she is making.
And one final picture. A rather green picture of my daughter Ani, playing her Beethoven Romance solo with the High School orchestra at the Concerto Concert back in March.
For reasons that even she doesn't even know why, Ani knew she wanted to play violin when she was in second grade and could hardly wait until fourth grade when she could start playing. Apparently, violin was the instument for her and she has continues to develop her playing skills and intends to continue her music studies into college next fall.
I have heard it from other parents that they were so glad that their child didn't take up the violin, because they didn't think they could stand listening to the high and screachy notes that the violin can produce when first learning the instruments. I myself have never felt that way about her playing even from early on, I didn't mind her practicing of her instrument. (If it did, I don't recall ever having it bother me.) I don't think I could be prouder or happier for Ani and her success playing the violin.
Katie wants to play an instrument next fall. She wants to play violin like her sister, which would be fine, but Ani and I are trying to talk her into trying the cello instead. For a couple of reasons, 1. Ani and I love the sound of a cello, and 2. I want to discourge a rivalry between Katie and Ani, and spare Kate from constantly being compared to her older sister in her violin playing, and 3. because there is a lot of music that is written for violin and cello that they could play together when they are older. If we can't convince her to try cello, then she said she would like to play viola, which also has a very beautiful sound.
Hobbes, you're not thinking about eating Ani's flowers are you?