Well, today we had a Flicker on the deck, a humungous eagle on the lake, geese, ducks, lots of birds, and this:
Okay. So you’ve seen all my Works In Progress. I can say that I did finish the watermelon dress, and it turned out even cuter than expected. Of course I forgot to get a picture, but I’ll do that next time I’m in the shop and will get it up here. BUT…
Got our new yarn in from Cascade. Oh. My. Goodness. It’s even yummier than I remembered, and I’m really happy with my choices. (This is huge, because I tend to second-guess myself all day long.) Every bag we opened was nicer than the last, and the colors are GREAT! So now, of course, I have to make a couple shop models with the new stuff. I’m going with little kid stuff since lots of it is in beautiful pastels that just beg to be made into something for a girl. When I get going on them I’ll post their progress here.
So YAY! I get to start more stuff!
So far since I last posted I’ve been knitting on:
It might seem like a lot, but seeing as how two of them are ‘samplers,’ that means I do a sampling of ‘this’ for a little bit, then a sampling of ‘that’ for a bit, which is nice cuz then I don’t get too bored with it. Though I have to admit the dress is already boring and I’m only about an inch into it. As you can see by the picture, it’s all stockinette stitch, which is lovely in a brainless-I-can-watch-tv-and-knit kind of way, but is also a little hard on the hands because I don’t take as many breaks. But it’s a shop model (‘natch), so I need to get it done.
The scarf is
a pain in the ass harder, so it takes longer cuz I have to go so slow.
And the afghan? Well, that’s gonna take all summer, I think. And honestly, I only have probably three more squares to go (out of 20!). But then it’s stitching them all together, and THEN adding the border all the way around. Yeah. Hopefully when the cold weather returns (if it ever leaves) it’ll be done.
We really enjoy watching how the different breeds of birds outside our window handle feeding time. Thom’s noticed that chickadees are extremely polite little birds. While one little chickadee is at the feeder, the others are patiently waiting their turns on a nearby tree branch or in the deck latticework. As soon as one is done, another will take its place, only getting a single seed or so, then leaving the feeder for the next one.
The gold finch, on the other hand, are family-type eaters, who all like to gather together at the feeder, getting their fill, bouncing around and around it as if there were something different on the other side.
The titmouse seems to be a fairly friendly feeder eater who will share its meal with a fellow titmouse, but they’re also a bit pickier, finding and tossing seeds that don’t appeal to them.
The woodpecker, though, gets the feeder all to himself because he’s just too big to share it with anyone else! When he lands, it sways to one side while he struggles to take advantage of the free food, usually hanging almost upside down, his speckled body wrapped around the edge.
My favorite, of course, is the hummingbird. I don’t expect to see them for a few more weeks — maybe even May. But when they finally arrive, then I know it’s spring!
I can’t wait!
It’s happening slowly, but it’s happening. I guess. Spring is taking its sweet old time getting to northern Michigan this year. There’s still lots of snow on the ground, and the temps are only getting into the 40’s, if we’re lucky. We were supposed to get some rain today, but even that isn’t working out. Maybe a little rain would help our lake, though frankly it’s at the lowest I’ve ever seen it in over five years. How is it that rivers are overflowing their banks all over the midwest, but here in northern Michigan lake levels are down?
Right now it’s typical spring out there: cooler temps, mostly cloudy, mud puddles and ruts. I know it’s gonna get better. I just don’t recall looking forward to it quite this much.