24 Days Until Spring

This morning the newscaster mentioned there are 24 days left until spring. I’m making progress on my Spring Morning Cardigan and I think I’ll finish it with plenty of time to spare.

The sleeves are taking shape

The sleeves are taking shape

What Was I Thinking?

I’m making progress on my Nutkin socks, but I have to admit that I’m not all that excited by them. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great pattern that’s surprisingly easy to memorize. The yarn is soft and the silk content gives it a wonderful glow. The main problem is the colour. As much as I like the red and grey combination it really was not a good choice for the dead of winter –  everything outside is grey, why did I choose grey for my knitting bag too?

Making progress

Making progress

 

 

Mistress Mary Quite Contrary

And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.

-The Secret Garden

I’ve finished February’s frame in my Story Time Sampler and I made some pretty big changes to Mary Lennox of The Secret Garden. When this month’s pattern was released the first thing I noticed was Mary’s white dress with pale blue sash – very pretty and delicate looking, but not what I had in mind. I grew up reading a copy with wonderful Tasha Tudor illustrations and so I had a very specific idea of what Mary should look like…

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Broken Promises

Well, it’s February and I’ve already broken a few of my crafting resolutions. I haven’t spent any time spinning yet for the year, so there’s broken promise number one. And that one about only sticking to four projects at a time? Well, I’m surprised I made it this long.

Despite already having four WIPs (my Beekeeper’s Quilt, Spring Morning, Nutkin, and Story Time Sampler) I felt like sewing this so I went to my fabric stash and dug out this quilting cotton I bought from Connecting Threads a few years ago. And a few hours later I had…

Any guesses?

Any guesses?

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Blind Date with a Book

I’ve had a pretty hectic few weeks, but there’s some respite in sight so I decided to treat myself to a romance novel. In honour of Valentine’s Day we’re running a ‘Blind Date with a Book’ display at work. It’s exactly what it sounds like, library visitors can choose a book based solely on its dating profile. It was a lot of fun to browse through all of them – I wanted it to be a surprise so I had to be careful to avoid any of the profiles I wrote (although some of those did end up on my reading list).

What's it going to be?

What’s it going to be?

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We’re All Mad Here

I managed to finish January’s Alice frame just in time for the release of this month’s frame. I made a few tiny changes, mainly to Alice’s dress (I’m sorry, but it’s supposed to be short sleeves with an apron). I did also adjust their faces as well because I don’t like it when all the features are squished together in the middle, so I’ll probably do something similar for all the frames.

Alice is done!

Alice is done!

February will be devoted to Mary Lennox from The Secret Garden, but I think I’m going to concentrate on other projects for a bit before tackling this one.

I’m loving the characters so far, both played a huge role in my childhood. From the pattern description I know that Little Women, Sherlock Holmes, and The Lady of Shallot will be featured. Given the theme I’m guessing that someone from a Jane Austen novel will also make an appearance, but my ultimate wish would be to have a frame devoted to Anne of Green Gables.