Larkspur and Beatrix sent their first Mulberry newsletter to a few friends recently. I think it’s very cute and thought you might like to read it too! (You can read about Mulberry here.) The photos I took of the pages aren’t as clear as I had hoped, but maybe you’ll be able to make out the words. As their editor, I failed to notice that the town bird, the Carolina wren, was mistakenly called the California wren. Oops!
I dyed a bit of yarn over the last few weeks and it is so cheerful! I’ll list these skeins in my shop on Friday at 1 p.m. ET. There are only twenty and they are not one of my usual bases. These are aran weight superwash British Bluefaced Leicester skeins. I bought them with this simple hat pattern in mind. I knit a couple of these hats recently, and wished I had a skein of superwash to knit a hat for my oldest son, and that prompted me to order and dye some! The pattern I linked to calls for worsted weight, but I had better results sizewise using aran weight wool.
I love the soft colors in this recent fairy puzzle that we completed. I got in a lot of trouble with Beatrix for putting it away too quickly after we finished. Evidently she didn’t get to see it. I am very quick when I finish a puzzle to photograph it and take it apart!
(There will be a few scarves listed on Friday along with stitch markers and soap!)
I have had lots of messages asking when naturally dyed playsilks will be back in the shop and I finally have a batch ready. They too will be listed on Friday. Tomorrow may be the first day of Lent, but I had Easter in mind when I dyed these.
Over the past few weeks, I felt myself getting grouchier and grouchier and just plain discouraged. This may have been connected to getting everything together so we can file our taxes. Having something stressful hanging overhead always makes me worry over little things that might not typically bother me. Each day the mountain of things I needed to do seemed to grow larger and larger. My three younger kids were sick which made it nearly impossible to get anything done. There are times when it’s very important to be able to take a deep breath and let some things go, but sometimes what’s really needed is a bit of time away from everything. Thankfully, about six weeks ago I bought tickets to take Larkspur to see Rossini’s Cinderella as an early birthday gift. We spent most of Sunday in Richmond and it was just the little getaway that I needed. It was our first opera and it was absolutely wonderful. The theater was beautiful, the performers talented, and the story quite funny. I smiled for nearly three hours straight. Afterward, we oohed and aahed at all the fancy food at Whole Foods and stocked up on a few things at Trader Joe’s. We had a funny audiobook to keep us entertained during our drive. It was a very good day and I’m so grateful. This week I am trying to get back in the swing of homeschooling after our sick week and dreaming of basil and zinnias in the garden…
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