Gratitude

It looks like spring is finally here! It’s been a time of shifting priorites and self-discovery, and surprisingly, getting stuff done. So let’s get right to some stuff in my creative life that I’m feeling grateful for this season.

1. Finished objects

Wall hanging, background wet-felted, plant needle-felted
Wall hanging, background wet-felted, plant needle-felted
Small rug woven on a peg loom. Warp is worsted-weight cotton yarn; weft is strips of old T-shirts.
Small rug woven on a peg loom. Warp is worsted-weight cotton yarn; weft is strips of old T-shirts.

2. Works in progress

I finally accepted that with so much going on, I just don’t have the bandwidth to do more complex projects right now. So I am letting go of my plans to do a Neville sweater, finish the SPAKAL I discussed in previous posts, and try to salvage my Boreal sweater project (no fault of the pattern or the designer, I just “winged” too many parts of it and ended up with 75% of a sweater that doesn’t fit me and would be really hard to fix). I am almost done with a top-down cardigan (Lucy by Cherie Christian) made out of Peace Fleece yarn. I have enough yarn in my stash for at least two more sweaters and am enjoying looking through Ann Budd’s book on top-down sweaters and Ravelry for pattern ideas.

I also got back to my bird needlepoint. I am going to get as far as I can on that with stash yarn, so stay tuned to see how that goes.

Bird needlepoint in progress. Only some of the birds I do have authentic colors.
Bird needlepoint in progress. Only some of the birds I do have authentic colors.

3. Winter Sowing

Winter sowing is a gardening technique I recently learned about and am eagerly trying. It’s an alternative way to start seeds that eliminates the need for artificial lights and hardening off. I improvised some containers, but their lids didn’t stay on very well. I’ll be sticking with modified milk jugs in the future.

My winter-sown pots (hollyhock and ground cherry) when I put them out in February
My winter-sown pots (hollyhock and ground cherry) when I put them out in February
My winter-sown pots the day after I put them out
My winter-sown pots the day after I put them out
Winter sowing tomatoes last week
Winter sowing tomatoes last week

4. Square Foot Gardening

Square foot gardening is not a new technique, but I’ve finally learned about it and am trying it this year. Looks like it will save work and money and increase my garden’s productivity. With our slow spring and the date to last frost still about a month away, I’ve only planted carrots, broccoli, and greens so far. Pictures when they start sprouting.

5. Blog and podcast inspiration

Thanks to Mason-Dixon Knitting, my favorite blog, for the idea of lightning round blogging, which you will be seeing here sometimes. The idea: blog as much as you can in 15 minutes, pics and links as time allows, so that you blog more regularly. Also a big thanks to the Knitmore Girls Podcast for keeping me inspired to make sweaters despite my busy brain.

3 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. Pingback: Why is she putting a rotisserie chicken in the snow? | Yarnstead

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