Friday, March 18, 2011

Seduced by the Sun

What a difference a sunny day makes. Everything is waking up and having a big stretch. I walked around the estate, in my robe,  just soaking up the new growth. St. Patrick's Day green seems to be the current color choice here.

Chattanooga is way ahead of us here on the cooler mountain, with all their Bradford Pears in bloom, as well as magnolias, but we can wait. I was thrilled to see the lilac buds, a result of the semi -nasty winter, which is what they need to feel at home.

The blue-purple hyacinth was top heavy and keeled over. Its fragrance is intense.
But enough of the walkabout, I have work to do. In the studio I faced the daunting work table. Fusing is not for wimps. The new work is one decision after the other and getting larger and pinker with each new piece I add. Soon I will have to get it up on the wall to see what needs to stay and what must go.

Outside my window I noticed the dog doing what a dog must do in the face of so much sunshine and I had to admit he had the right idea. Unplugging the iron, switching to shorts and flip flops I succumbed to the day out doors.

Armed with my knitting, I finished the current pair of socks, and felt justified to be sitting on the deck. UPS brought my longed for 5" double pointed needles (0,2,3) and four sets of Hiya Hiya circulars, all from I had a coupon...that's my excuse. These will be mailed out to their new owner who may still be experiencing winter.

Later I started a new pair on the circulars, which I always wanted to try  and boy is it easy and fast to use two needles like this. Size 2, 24" each, and the yarn is Regia Super Socks.
The rest of the week will continue to be in the high 70's, so it will be a struggle to be inside to work on the quilt. In the meantime I washed out the muslin I just got and found it to be totally wrinkled when pulled out of the dryer. This is GOOD. Now I know it is not perma-press and will dye up nicely.

Your Daily Dawg (and Dave) ZZZzzzzz.


  1. I am envious we will have snow into early May for sure.
    I love how your work is going--very springy so far. Green is my favorite color.
    I make a lot of knitted socks but still with the double pointed needles. I haven't tried the circular yet. I use 2mm and haven't been able to buy them locally.

  2. The pics are great! I think my fave is the shot of the mountain through the trees. The socks are great, and what a wonderful "excuse" to enjoy the outside air!

  3. It is every dog's duty to set the example for his people. We must learn that lesson.

  4. I hope the dawg does not have a wind problem otherwise Dave is in for a bad nightmare!
    I envy you heading into spring as we haven't had a real summer and now it's fall and winter, bugga (to use an Australian expression)

  5. My daffodils are just pale tips peeking through the ground. I do have a basket of those blue hyacinths on my table---force bloomed, but the fragrance is heavenly.

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