Yes, it is Spring!

despite a long cold stretch, there has been some progress in the garden.  Spring flowers are among my favourites, simply because they arrive early and do not stay long.  Here are some of the beauties from this past weekend:

            As I type, the rain is battering the apple blossom off the tree, and the grape hyacinth and primula are under water.  Nothing like a spring shower in southern Alberta!

I have been keeping up with my monthly cross stitch ornaments – and have a few to show:

for March, I stitched Holiday Wreath by JBW

and April saw two ornies, Noel by Trail Creek Farms and a Toile Stocking from a 2004 issue of BH&G’s Cross Stitch Christmas: 

  

and for May, may I present Tudor Rose by Elizabeth’s Designs, from the 1999 JCS ornie issue

After knitting Slash for my DS, my DD thought she would like a knitted toy as well – so here is LaLa – short for La Lapin – or rabbit (and yes, I do know that Lapin should be masculine!)       Isn’t she a cutie?

April and May have been busy months for finishing work too!  Cheryl stitched these lovely pieces:

Celtic Banner:  

and the Chaise Lounge by The Cat’s Whiskers:

       

Aren’t they gorgeous?

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A New Look

it was time for a little spring cleaning here, so I made a few changes!  Hopefully this will prompt me to post a bit more often.

April flew by with Easter break, a trip to Grandma’s house, and early yard cleanup.  I promised a knitting update back in March, so here we go!

        This beauty is Luscious Lacy scarf by Gina Macris, and I knit it for a good friend’s birthday in February.  The yarn is Nyoni by Fleece Artist, in the Morgana colorway.  What a lovely definition this yarn has!

Next up off the needles was another pair of felted clogs I knit for my oldest brother.  His feet get cold on their new tile floor!  And yes, I used the  Bev Galeskas felted clog pattern again. 

A stitching friend and I joined up for a KAL, or knit along, of the Dragonscales scarf – otherwise known as the Choke silk garden scarf by Ailsa Daly.  I knit this using one ball of Noro Silk Garden sock yarn that Cheryl gave me, and I adore the colors!   

My last knitting finish for March was a pair of basic k2p2 rib socks, following Ann Budd’s basic sock recipe.  I used a couple skeins of Regia Bamboo for these, and I love how soft the knitted fabric is!    When I finished these socks, I just had to use up the bit of yarn remaining, so I made these anklet socks too

    using the Impressionist sock pattern by Closca de nou.  I have loved this pattern since I first spied it on Ravelry!  I found the picot edge the pattern calls for a bit too loose and heavy, so changed it to a simple k2p2 rib that fit a lot better.

And finally, I ventured into toy making with this little guy…. here is Slash, named for the Guns n Roses guitarist!  The colorway is Rock n Roll (now does it make sense??) in Wildfoote Luxury sock yarn, and the pattern is a freebie available here:  http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Knitting/Projects/BabyChild/WR1923+Red+Heart+Sock+Monkey.htm  I changed the hat to include the i-cord curl, and changed the scarf to a k2p2 rib to match the hatband.  This one was a request by my DS!