Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Real Start of Spring

April 15th is somewhat like a holiday here.....we definitely celebrate the end of tax season!

What to do, what to do with all that freed up time?  Since it's rainy today, baking cookies seemed the thing to do. Christina from Dessert for Two always has some good ideas -- and having things scaled down for two is a real bonus.  Today I tried her Snickerdoodles -- a dozen cookies is just right for a few days worth of snacks.  They're soft and cakey and so good with a nice cup of tea.


The daffodils are finally out (hmmmm....someone/something munched down our crocuses -- looks like a mower went over them).


And I loved the drop of water on Camellia's chin.


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spring?

It's been a long, cold winter....but it looks like there might be signs of spring in the air.  Even if it's still below freezing and there were snow showers this morning.

Having flowers inside does help.


The local nursery opened for the season yesterday.  We got some seeds, but must force ourselves NOT to start them for another couple weeks.


And I saw a shoot of green in one of the small areas not still snow-covered next to the house.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Palmies - New and Improved

I wear my Palmies mitts all the time -- outside in the spring and fall, inside in the winter when the house is a bit too chilly to type comfortably. But I thought the fact that it used a crochet hook/techniques might be off-putting to some.  So I redesigned the finger openings and updated the pattern -- no crochet hook required....and it looks pretty much the same as the original!

To make things even clearer, here are some in process pictures of making the finger openings. The sample piece shows just the top portion of the mitts. For clarity, the yarn and needles shown are larger than that called for in the pattern; the piece is also done in stockinette stitch only for simplicity.

Making the fingers divisions is done in four rounds - each shorter than the previous one. Each round starts/ends at the thumb side.

Round 1: Little finger

Round 2: Ring finger

Round 3: Middle finger

Round 4: Index finger