Tuesday, March 24, 2009

In Like A Lion...

March has been an interesting month.

It started with (finally!) welcome, beautiful snow

followed a week later by popping crocuses

and as we approach the end of the month,

the forsythia are out

the daffodils are making an effort,

the back fence-neighbor's camelias have made an appearance

the apricot tree is in full bloom (too bad it doesn't make apricots)

and The Husband's newly planted azelias just might bloom this year.

Work started out crazy busy, then tapered off-- again. It seems to go in fits and starts. Either we're begged to work overtime, or we're asked if we want to be off so someone doesn't get mandatory cancellation.

I've made it to The Shop for several actual weeks in a row, which seems to be what I needed to get centered. I've completed a couple of projects, including
a helmet liner for the son of a friend who is in Afghanistan, and a pair of tiny socks for the new baby of a co-worker.

Baby socks-- they're a good thing. They're little, and fun to knit. As a small gift, they can be accompanied by some purchased onesies or something grander. I started out a few years ago doing sweaters, and it just got to be too, too much time and energy.

But the thing that is really centering me now is Hanami. I've jumped on the bandwagon, as many of the KH Irregulars are doing it as an informal KAL. After I "got into" the pattern, it's moving along, although it is going to take quite awhile.

The first section is a 32-row basketweave pattern that gets repeated 7 times!!! (I'm nearly through the third.) I'm doing it as a prayer shawl as a gift for a very dear one who continues to fight the fight.

I'm knitting with a laceweight silk/mohair blend on size 3's. Knowing what a fan I am of instant gratification, I see this as focus and continuity that will sustain me, but from which I may need to periodically get a break.

Maybe by some baby socks.

1 comment:

Jane said...

Yes our garden is bursting with colour now and it feels like spring too. What a pretty lace shawl pattern. cute baby socks. Jane x