spring beauties

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Spring Beauty

Spring is still here! Which, to the best of my memory, is rather unusual for northeast Ohio. More typically, we go straight from winter to summer, with maybe a few pleasant spring-like days interspersed. However, it’s been pleasant, mostly sunny, daytime temperatures in the 60’s and lower 70’s (Fahrenheit). It is supposed to turn a bit…unpleasant…this week, however, so maybe I’ll have the opportunity to actually wrap up in my new shawl, for which I owe thanks for the compliments!

The problem with finishing up such a major project, and in such a heavy push at the end, is that I found myself a bit tired of knitting! I know, impossible. I’ve actually kept on knitting, but not as much as I had been. I think there may have even been a day or two when I actually didn’t touch the needles. I can’t say the same thing for yarn, however. It’s been fondled and wound (and unwound and knotted…I think I may have a slight tangling issue) and admired. So I think I’m safe.

I’m actually really close to finishing a long languishing, UFO. But of course, I don’t have any pictures. I’ve been too busy taking pictures of our seasonal visitors – both in the backyard, and last Sunday on an outing to the woods (on a real trail!).

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Trillium

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Red Trillium

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Dutchman’s Breeches

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Trout Lily

And a backyard beauty:

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Bleeding Heart

Hopefully, I’ll have a finished project by my next post…and hopefully I’ll even have knitting pictures!

Spring Snow

So…..I dropped off the blog for a while there. I’d blame it on overtime and that really big really pink shawl that didn’t allow for much other knitting, and well really there’s only so much you can say about a giant pink shawl, but the truth is – I’ve just plain been lazy. Pure and simple. Really must try to work on that!

In the meantime – spring has happened! (Warning! Photo heavy post!)

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Crocus

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Bloodroot

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Bloodroot – open

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Tete-a-tete Daffodils

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Myrtle

But more importantly, the giant pink snow shawl is complete! (Enormous, really – the largest lace project I’ve undertaken–of course if I hadn’t gone UP half a needle size after getting gauge, things would have been a bit better…but I like it this size…I think.)

Of course, if you read Anne‘s website, you know this already. I finished Sunday night, we blocked Monday, and yesterday she got her pictures and released the pattern. It took me an extra day to get sunny pictures (darn work!) but I now present my test knit of Anne’s Whispering Pines shawl:

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Details at Ravelry. And many more pictures over at Anne’s.