Catching up in photos

April has been much more busy than I would like, and busy with picky, piddly stuff that drives even saints, which I am not, crazy. But progress and lovelies have been made and acquired despite April’s cruelty.

I cast off my purple and black Frost Diamonds shawl, but I’ve not been able to block it yet. To counter the void finishing this project left, I reached for some lovely crimson Malabrigo and knit up a quick Tamarind Cowl (Rav link) by Kristen Hanley Cardozo. I knit only two of the three repeats, but it is plenty long and cozy.
Tamarind Cowl in Malabrigo
While knitting it I could look at the orchids M has gotten to rebloom:
orchids: April 2010
I don’t know how he is so good at getting them to rebloom, but he certainly has a green thumb. I only hope selling his soul to the devil was not involved.
I also bought a bouquet of flowers at the Farmer’s Market in Sacramento, and two of the lilies turned out to be stark white and about 8 inches across in size. Their scent filled the entire living room.
white lily bouquet
I took this Peaks Island Hood I knit in Berroco Blackstone Tweed
Peaks Island Hood
And turned it into this:
Blackstone Tweed in wharf
It was too loose in the PIH and therefore was not warm at all. I had finished it before Christmas to take to Wisconsin over the holidays, but when it didn’t keep my head warm during an evening walk here in CA at 10+ degrees above freezing, I decided it had to go. I’ve (just) started Dryad by Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed, which he knit in Blackstone Tweed. I am excited by cably, tweedy goodness.

Finally, we spent part of this past Sunday (the only non-raining Sunday we’ve had in April) at Folsom Lake, where the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains were visible in the distance. Yay! for lots of snow on the mountains. That helps alleviate our drought.
Folsom Lake and Sierra Nevada Mountains
Folsom Lake and shore
I hope your April so far has been peaceful and full of beauty.

14 thoughts on “Catching up in photos”

  • Love the flowers…lilies have the most wonderful scent. I think the Blackstone Tweed will make a perfect Dryad – can’t wait to see it.

  • M is a miracle worker with those beautiful orchids. No soul-selling required.

    Also, love the tweedy goodness and the ruched collar and the snow-capped mountains. Thanks for the photo update!

  • Oh YAY! Can’t wait to see the shawl…and I’ve got Dryad on my queue, but can’t use the Blackstone Tweed because of the bunny content. Will have to find another tweed to use. That scarf is just gorgeous. I’ve never had a bit of luck getting indoor plants to bloom (or rebloom) so I think we must be in awe of M….

  • Oh, those last two pictures are lovely – looks SO DIFFERENT from here.

    Hmm. I’d hope you’d be able to detect some differences in M if he’d sold his soul to the devil… And I actually have a soul selling link in today’s post! 😀

  • April did come in like a lion, and hopefully my little lion will be tamed and start sleeping. Thanks for sharing your knitting – it’s about as close as I get these days!

  • Wow, those are some lovely photos of the flowers, scenery, and knitting. Good luck with the new scarf project. It should be a great combination of yarn and pattern.

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