Monday, April 13, 2009

Winter or Spring?

I know a lot of the country is having it much worse than we are (special regards to my good friend, Goatlady, in Tennessee who was hit by a tornado the other day. They and their animals are okay, but their house sustained some damage, so all good thoughts and prayers are sent their way.)

Anyway, I went out for my afternoon walk with Buddy today dressed like this:



That's my winter jacket, and around my neck is my new Darkside cowl that I recently finished. I made it out of handspun (not by me) wool and it's soft and handy to have around the neck when it's cold and windy (even in April.) I've never made or worn a cowl before, but I liked the way it blocked the wind from the neck and didn't add the bulk that a scarf does. Now I see why they're so popular! It looks like this when it's lying flat.




I really liked working with this yarn. It's handspun, hand-dyed merino that I bought from an etsy vendor and it's really soft. I made the Amanda hat with it earlier, but didn't like how it looked on me, so it exists no longer. I want to make a tam-style hat with the rest of the yarn, possibly the one designed by Brooklyn Tweed in the last issue of Knit. 1 magazine.

We returned from our brisk walk and I decided to photograph some of the flowers that are starting to bloom.

Here's the first rhody starting to open:




And a camellia:



Tulips are pretty reliable:




The plum tree is looking good:





I wasn't inside five minutes when the dark, threatening sky fulfilled its promise. Rain, but rain that was partially white and made extra noise on the roof.

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