I barely notice seasonal changes because I live in a place that suffers from moderate weather. Our temperature fluctuations are narrow, and the extremities are rarely either long in duration or all that extreme. 2015 has been unseasonably warm and sunny and we are loving it. Of course, we are going to have no water. In 2013 I recorded over 48 different flowers that I could identify (there were probably a dozen I couldn’t); last year was a bit of a drought for spring blossoms but this year everything is in bloom, and trees are leafing out, so clearly we are moving onto a new season. I know some of you got snow today–I am so sorry!
I’m in Seattle for a week, and this is a place that really showcases spring. This morning against the gray sky I ran under an abundance of soft pink blossoms, which couldn’t have produced a more spring-perfect picture. There were lots of daffodils, and early tulips, hyacinths, rhododendrons and azalea so it really felt like a perfect first-day of spring. It rained later in the day–it is Seattle!
I have been working on design swatches this past week, in the small bits of knitting time I’ve been able to find to do any knitting at all. Although I have an unfinished Esperance, that is now not my focus as I work on finishing and swatching. I guess it will be part of my Spring Knitting!
Winter Finishing Leads to Spring Knitting
The trouble with finishing is that it takes so much thought and focus. I threw my projects into my suitcase, and I know what needs to be done. I think I will be more likely to finish my finishing if I spend some time on planning the finishing. Some of the projects have completed planning sheets, so I just need to pull those out and review them. As I review what I have, I don’t think one of my pieces is quite ready for finishing. I’m going to have to decide if it is a frogging project or if it just needs more knitting. One piece is closer to being completed than I thought it was, and two are precisely where they were last time I looked at them.
I have one quick-knitting project that I’m going to let myself work on when I finish my swatching projects and as a reward for working on my finishing. You know you have to have rewards for doing the hard parts, right?
My newsletter talks about a new project I am getting ready to release with Infinite Twist. It will be offered as a kit and I’ve just loved working with Cate on this. Although the sample is finished, there are still details to get this pulled together for release. Hopefully I’ll get a page on my website next week so you can see more. Email me if you want to be contacted when the kits are available.