Mid-April and life is moving along quite nicely… then again, when there is so much natural beauty around, it’s hard to not put a smile on…
(Bradford Pear, Azalea, Dogwood)
Kris and I have both had busy schedules at work – which makes the downtime that much more enjoyable. Last weekend, we took the doggie girls over to the dog park (my good friend Ang joined us with her two pups), we went to a show in DC (Vampire Weekend!) and then had a nice Easter Sunday with both sets of family.
(Jenny and Bella are worn out after running around the dog park!)
This past weekend, we woke up early on Saturday to set up a yard sale, and then went to Kris’s brother’s surprise birthday party. Sunday offered some downtime – I read some books (graphic novels are my flavor of the month – book reviews to follow) and we did some gardening. This afternoon/evening, we are heading up to Delaware – Kris is giving a presentation and I am hitching along for the ride. And tomorrow I am heading to Philly for a work conference (Caring for Unusual Formats!) and I am gonna meet up with this amazing lady.
I have been in a bit of a cast-on frenzy… I have started several new projects over the course of the week, but some didn’t quite make the cut since they were more crochet practice. I am still trying to work on my tension, but the stitches are coming a bit easier. My recent project of choice has been cotton washcloths – made with Sugar n’ Cream Cotton. Practical and functional. I like using the small swatches to practice stitches – this one is half-double crochet:
The newest knit on the needles is the A-Line Swingy Tank from an old issue of Knit Simple (Spring/Summer 2007) [Ravelry link]- it’s a simple and flattering tank that seems like a good shape for me. It would be cute with a camisole underneath, or with a cardigan on top. I am using leftovers from the Sienna Cardigan I made last year – Classic Elite Classic Silk.
The recent spike in stashbusting is because 1) I always do this before MDSW – less than one month away and I start to get serious stash guilt and 2) the Stanley Cup Stashbusting KAL/CAL over on Ravelry’s Puck This! group. I am heading it up again as I eagerly anticipate the NHL playoffs. Feel free to join us if you are interested!
How are you enjoying the change of season? Are you outside more? I would love to hear what you are up to!