an odd winter, indeed. not much of one at all, and now it's acting as if it's over already.
little seedlings sprouting in the field. big, deep, muddy puddles on the driveway.
Yesterday evening, I went digging for carrots and parsnips left out to overwinter under a layer of mulch last fall. Many of the carrots that were hit by early, hard frosts had turned to mush but it's still possible to find some still intact, and the parsnips have only gotten better from the months spent under the frozen ground. They're not so easy to get at yet, still under a thick, frozen layer of soil, straw, and leaves, but what a sweet midwinter treat!
If you don't know Margie, her blog, Resurrection Fern, or Flickr photostream already, head straight on over there, do not pass go! She's amazing. I'll say nothing more. Find out for yourselves.
Thank you all for playing along. Margie, I'll try to get a package off to you sometime this week. I've been thinking about putting a little something together for you for sometime already. : )
On another note, the SUN was out today! And for longer than just a few minutes. It seems like it's been months since it's been this bright. I think it actually has been that long. And me, I was so, so tired, I fell over and took a late afternoon nap rather than get out and properly enjoy it. Ah well.
And how! Apparently I couldn't get enough of them either.
So much to love about the Baktus scarf, especially the long, narrow, triangular shape, the simplicity of the garter stitch. The few skeins of nubby alpaca yarn I'd dyed last summer lent themselves perfectly to the simplicity of this pattern. The garter stitch and easy shaping allowed me to absorb myself completely in full appreciation of the depths of each color during their knitting. These were knit over the course of late fall and early winter. I'd love to make more but can't really justify it unless made as gifts.
The pink yarn was dyed with cochineal, the light brown with black walnut
hulls, and the yellow...well, I don't rightly remember anymore.
I'm keeping either the yellow or the brown one, giving the other one
away, and the pretty pink one will belong to one of you as a little
Valentine's giveaway, seeing as it's pretty and pink and all!
Leave a comment on this post before midnight of
Sunday the 14th...no, make that midnight of Monday the 15th...and I'll
draw a name on Tuesday sometime.
The book the Karius and Baktus scarves were named after was written by a Norwegian man and so I grew up on that book, and so have our boys. I don't know how we'd ever have gotten them to brush their teeth without it. The book goes in and out of print in English and apparently it currently is not. A couple of Christmases ago my brother wanted a copy for his kids, too, so I spent quite some time helping my Mom find one secondhand but in like-new condition online. It was still in print a few years prior to that when our boys were littler.
And a couple glamour shots just for fun, since for some reason my hair has had a little more curl than normal lately. Must be the humid weather.
reminded me that I never did post pictures of our pantry, as I believe I once promised. It's not exactly pretty but it functions reasonably well and holds quite a lot for such a small space.
These pics are from about a month or so ago and so some of it has changed as it does as we eat & use things up and then replenish.
pantry shelves right, top to bottom:
and pantry shelves to the left of the above ones, again top to bottom:
and on the opposite wall, dyeing & cleaning supplies and tools:
and out in the kitchen:
Sorry if this is a little boring. It's just functional storage and a little messy as always. And I know the pictures aren't exactly pretty, but there are no windows in the pantry andit's been so dreary that a flash was necessary.
It could be worse. I could be showing you the inside of the fridge: cabbages, beets, carrots, leeks, along with all the usual ketchup, milk, beer, and such. Or how about the inside of the chest freezers?: venison, whole chickens, chicken feet, bread, berries, and yarn.
If you are interested, details will be noted over on flickr.