It has been so long since I knitted anything. Seriously. Like, I can't even remember what the last thing was that I made. I don't know why I fell out of the habit of having something handy here and there to work on when the opportunity arose, but I did. Was it the heat of summer? Maybe. Nondescript "busy" stuff? More likely... and what a shame.
Today, however, changed all that. There are two dear couples-friends of ours who are expecting this spring/summer, and this morning it occurred to me to start making something for them. The first thing I reached for? Yarn.
Specifically, the remnants of the yarn we bought a few years ago in Austin for Henry. There was just enough left for a sweet little hat for a sweet new little man. I cast on during Henry's gymnastics class this morning, and cast off right after he went down for his nap.
Quick to start, quick to finish, beautiful yarn to work with... yes. This was the perfect little project to ease me back into the groove. Now, don't I have something pink around here for the sweet little girl coming soon, too...........?
We've had a winter 'break' around these parts, as in we've had a little break from Winter. Quite frankly, it's been sunny, mild, and irresistible out there.
We've been all over the place: the woods, the playhouse, the swings, the garden (obviously not here, online, in this space though, ahem)... we've even planted two new apple trees! It's like Spring popped in to remind us that below-normal temps won't- can't- last forever, and my did we need the reminder!
I feel mixed feelings of guilt and envy when I look at the weather others are having around the country... sub-zero, inches upon inches of snow and ice, you know... typical Winter (though in all fairness there's a decent part of me that is hoping we'll get to see some white in our landscape before the season leaves us). I don't know how we've lucked out this week, but Mama needed the outdoor time!
Hmmm, actually, I guess it wasn't just Mama who needed the break!
Pancakes, sunshine, horse poop, more sunshine, dirt, birds, quiet. I spent almost the entire day in the garden repairing eroded garden borders, cleaning up, and shoveling good, quasi-composted horse manure over my beds so it can protect my soil through the winter and feed it this spring.
I didn't realize how much I missed being out in that space, and how much good it does me when I'm there. Now, my back is sore, my allergies are threatening to cause a little trouble tonight, and my fingernails are still dirty (even after my long, hot shower), but I couldn't be happier.
And I'll probably be right back at it again tomorrow.
Wishing all a little sunshine and refreshment, too! Happy weekending!
Finally- finally!- a sunny day, all day... not a cloud in the sky. Warm(er), dry, and sunny. The indoor activities around the big house were kinda getting old, and this wonderful light at last drew the Littles outside.
I am proud to say they made a bee-line for their playhouse... although today it was actually an al fresco restaurant.
On the menu: chocolate soup with marshmallows and vegetables and a garnish of celery. I ate every bite (standing outside the walk-up window in my fuzzy slippers, don't judge).
And when they were ready to come back inside to warm up and look for real dinner, they remembered to close up all their doors and windows before they left. Such responsible little homeowners.