Today the knitting has been set aside in order to play outside. Peas are in the ground; carrots, beets, and lettuce later today. It was so nice to turn the garden soil for the first time this spring, to see those worms wiggle, and to set some seeds into their new home. I can hardly wait for the first spring salad to come on up!
It’s a gorgeous 75 degree March day here. So what to do? Why, drink scalding hot coffee and knit wool sweaters in the sun, duh!
I really have other things I should be working on (more patterns!) but for some reason I can’t put down my Paper Dolls that I started last week. It probably has something to do with this being the first thing that I knit in over a month that was not my own pattern. It’s nice to not be thinking about or editing a pattern while knitting it, and I don’t have myself to curse when I find a mistake (although Kate Davies’ pattern is very nicely written!). I’m super excited about the customized yoke on this one. I can’t wait to get to it!
Also on the agenda for today: some book reading! Yeah! Erich Fromm isn’t exactly sunny beach reading, but it’ll hold my attention so that will have to do.
Some patterns, it seems, have a mind of their own. I had a really cute sketch for this dog. It was a sweet little beagle with floppy ears and spots. Somehow the prototype took on a life of it’s own and decided at some point that it wanted to be a dachshund instead. I obliged because, really, how can you say no to a face like that?? I love that it became what it did. The long body is a prefect size for grasping and the floppy legs give it a real goofy quality.
The pattern comes in two sizes. The above example is in sport weight while a worsted version will give you a bit larger of a dog.
Spring is currently flirting with Colorado, making us all want to rip off the winter coats and cast aside the heavy mittens. Unfortunately Mother Nature is a cruel temptress and still has snow and darkness in store for us. I’m getting pretty surly towards winter this year. Having already powered through months of chilly temperatures, colds, and frozen toes, I’m ready to sport these mitts and fight off the rest of winter. I’ll clear a path for you, Spring, not stopping until I see those daffodils and crab apple blossoms!