This time of year the garden is a great source of pleasure and pain! The weeding seems never-ending, the creeping things creep, the spreading things spread, but there’s also plenty of blossoming and blooming and plants beginning to bear fruit.
When we’re not stuffing our faces with the vegetable and fruit bounty, I have been knitting a bit. I have a new pattern, Brego, which is 25% until July 5 (no coupon code needed). I had the chance to use the lovely 4-ply sock yarn from Ancient Arts in the beautiful color Chocolate Lab.
Even with the darker color, this yarn shows the stitch pattern pretty nicely.
Since I last posted, I also finished my version of Hane in Shibui Linen.
Hope you are enjoying the bounty of the season as much as we are!
It was a big week around here! Dan and I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary by visiting one of our favorite places on earth, lake Superior. It was fantastic. Being out by that huge lake or hiking around the many trails is a completely restorative experience. We come home feeling refreshed and grounded again. Also pretty creative!
This week I released two sock patterns: Mithril, which is 25% off until May 31, 2015, no coupon code needed. I used an absolutely gorgeous yarn from Ancient Arts, BFL in the color Pieces of Eight, which could not be more perfect to me. It’s grey, or green or silver or a warm pale blue or all together somehow. It was a pure delight to work on and I am really proud of the socks!
I also published a sport weight pattern: Erebor, which is a really fun and quick knit. These are also 25% off until May 31, 2015.
And since I posted last, a quick hat pattern that works well with a single skein of some special hand dyed yarn: Headwaters Hat.
It’s been a busy weekend at Bunny Acres. What with a trip over to Art-A-Whirl on Saturday (support the arts), a trip to Shepherd’s Harvest (can never have too much wool), and most exciting of all, a small litter of bunnies emerging from their nest right beneath our dining room windows (hours of entertainment).
We managed to sneak a video of the first time out (and back again):
And, after running back into the nest for a bit, the one we’re calling Braveheart has now ventured forth, and, we think, hanging out under our deck. Fortunately, s/he didn’t have to hop very far for cover.
I missed updating the blog for a bit, distracted by Spring and all the fun to be had in the yard..
Since I last posted I finished two new sock patterns, the first: Asparagus Socks
and just listed today Brandywine Socks. These are also sport weight and are 25% off until May 17, 2015
This week I finished a shawl that was really fun to knit. I had never done a mitered square before and I got a little carried away playing with it.
In other news at Bunny Acres, it seems Fred is a girl, and a new mom at that. She has made a little nest right up against the house by her usual buffet spot. We look forward to watching the babies emerge!
Have you read Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage? I really enjoyed it. My knitting this week reminded me of the story. Although these yarns are not really colorless, coupled with the grey skies we’ve been having they feel a bit that way. Not sure how this happened.
I have a new pattern out this week, sport weight socks: Divinity. I was thinking about a picture in one of my mom’s cookbooks, or maybe it was on a card in that recipe-of-the-month box she had. That candy always seemed very fancy to me as a kid. The socks are on sale now through April 10, 2015, for $2.95.
Speaking of cookies, today is my Grandma Virginia’s birthday! She would have been 107. She excelled at all of the grandmotherly arts, including cookie baking. She used to send us home with gold tupperware canisters filled with chocolate chip, peanut butter, or peanut butter with Brach’s chocolate stars on top, date cookies, or my favorite, orange cookies… maybe there were other kinds, but those I remember the best. I used to have the best time with her, she was so creative and open to the wacky ideas I’d come up with. She was an amazing person, full of resilience, kindness and love. I am so honored to be her namesake.
As remedy to the grey skies we have some cheerful flowers around this week. Trader Joe’s had daffodils for $1.50 a bunch! Can’t beat that as we wait for ours to emerge. There are a few tulips poking up, but it will be awhile yet before I have any pictures of home grown flowers.