February 18, 2018

Even as we dig ourselves out of another pile of snow, the feel of spring is alive in the extra day light and the heat of the sun, when it actually finds its way to shine. At the Twisted Purl our spring and summer yarns are arriving and I am imagining short sleeved tops, Lacey shawls and summer cover ups. My men, Steve, Ky and Ben have built me 32 seed boxes and my seeds have arrived in the mail. Today I planted lettuce and peas for the first greens of spring, so that in a very few weeks there will be something fresh. The dullness of the deep winter has dissolved.

2018 promises much creativity. Many of our newly minted knitters are discovering the joy of knitting hats. The fair isle girls are beginning a beautiful cardigan, I have almost finished a sweater, Linda is exploring Entrelac and Jane is spear heading our new computer system while Aubrey diligently knits  one new stitch pattern a week. We are looking forward to exploring crocheted granny squares, and the art of the simple sweater.

The birthday season in our family continues, there have been many dinners plus cake. Tonight after a great meal at the Rock Eatery in Falkland, I came home to stoke the fire in the greenhouse, and now I am considering what project to continue. A project bag from Jem Weston’s, Cute Comfort Knits, perfect for the knitting project of the moment; Continue to sew up my sweater that I am making from a pattern in the latest Vogue Knitting……..

Work on the shawl I am knitting with Lopi’s, Plotulopi a wild, raw delicious yarn that is rough but so ready to come together in a surprising strength. I have a sock half finished in our newly arrived sock yarn from Auracania……. Soft, strong and beautiful. A fingerless glove designed by Karen Templar ….from the Fringe Association Website in the log cabin tradition. Or my shawl that I began in the Stephen West workshop last September. I am blending some yarn from Saltspring Island Wool Mill and Lichen and Lace hand dyed yarn from Nova Scotia, Sea to Sea. There is also always the option to just read a book as well.

I feel so blessed that I have so many wonderful choices. To spend time working with amazing yarn, exploring design, texture, while spending time with like-minded people who inspire and motivate is truly wonderful.

Here’s to a creative week.

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