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Archive for February, 2012

Seasonal confusion

So, it may be the beginning of February, but spring has been springing for a good few weeks.

And now, today, after a few days of freezing weather the snow has started and is coming down thick and fast. Apparently this is good for fruit trees, but I’m not sure what it’ll do to the magnolia, which is very heavily budded, or to the poor little primulas. The snowdrops should be fine – or at least, they will be if C.M. Barker is to be believed. Generally I like the Flower Fairies for the pictures more than the poems, but I have a soft spot for the Song of the Snowdrop Fairy:

Deep sleeps the winter, Cold, wet, and grey;
Surely all the world is dead;
Spring is far away.
Wait! The world shall waken;
It is not dead, for lo,
The Fair Maids of February
Stand in the snow!

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Flu … and yarn therapy

Another long hiatus, but you’ll understand why when I tell you that over the last few weeks, the main features of my life can be summarised in this photograph:

We’ve all had the flu. The children got off lightly – a bit of snot and a few days of tummy upset – but Mr S&S and I weren’t so lucky. Mr S&S is pretty much on the mend but I still have the snot and a hacking cough that makes our house sound like the miners’ home at Blackpool. It’s quite impressive.

Still, there have been compensations. I’m not working at the moment and of course I’ve been *ill* so I’ve had time to get a fair bit of yarn used up and no guilt to stop me sitting down with my projects. Here’s an in-progress shot of the monochrome crochet:

And I also made some lacy fingerless mitts for a friend’s birthday:

The pattern is available, free, here and I used a lovely Rowan merino wool to make them. The yarn is sadly discontinued, which is a shame, because it is beautiful and the stitch definition is lovely. I didn’t have quite enough to do the thumbs, but fortunately I knitted both mitts before I did the thumbs, so I was able to improvise with what I had. The combination of the crosshatch lace and the dark green means that they are quite reminiscent of alligators – at least to me – so I’ve christened them the Alligator mittens.

I’m also making a huge blanket – rather huger than I first intended due to a reckless miscalculation. I haven’t got any progress photos, but it’s very enjoyable and I’m really looking forward to finishing it – whenever that happens! Given its epic size, it could take some time…

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