Saturday, April 30, 2016

Springtime in North Carolina

Hi there,

It's the last day of April so to document for my Wyoming and Nebraska friends what spring looks like in the South, here are some pics from our backyard from the last couple of weeks.

Steve has planted his garden.

Our pond frog survived another winter, and he's started to sing/chirp a little more loudly each day.

I'm beginning to think about summer knitting, meaning warm-weather knitting, which is about eight months out of the year in North Carolina. One of my favorite things to do is to knit on my deck in the natural light.

One project I'm looking forward to is the Churchmouse Bias Before & After Scarf. I've chosen two skeins of Tahiti cotton in Breeze (7616), and I ordered some Sunstruck 10" straight needles from KnitPicks for the project.

Funny thing is that I chose almost the exact same colors as the Color Affection Shawl I made in Manos Serena a couple of summers ago.

I had purchased a luxury skein of Handmaiden Sea Silk in charcoal several summers ago to make a Clapo-Ktus, but I ended up frogging it. That pattern has a lot of M1s, both right and left, in it, which is my least favorite stitch. I was delighted to discover another pattern that this yarn is made for, the Montego Bay Scarf. It's a lacy, easy to memorize pattern.

I found this how to use a lifeline video from WEBS very helpful for placing waste yarn along a lace pattern and then how to frog back to that point if necessary. It is sort of like having an umbrella--it won't rain if you have it with you. I probably won't need to rip back since I have the lifeline.

I tend to gravitate toward the same blue-green colors both inside and out. I spruced up my kitchen table for spring with some new place mats from Target.

So in order not to be too matchy-matchy, I cast on a ballband dishcloth in salt & pepper / ocean coral as an accent. Yolanda said she'd like to KAL--she and I have some history with Peaches & Creme projects.

What I'd also like to tell my Wyoming and Nebraska friends is even though spring is beautiful here, every time I hear about the spring snowstorms out west, I get terribly homesick. I remember the beauty of those heavy snows, sometimes clear into May.


xoxo Tammy


  1. Ahh, it's so wonderful to see your beautiful blooms and green yard. It's been dreary, rainy, and snowy all week. It's truly Springtime in the Rockies. ;o)

  2. I second Tired Teacher's weather report. Fog, freezing rain, blowing snow...road closures! April in Wyo.

  3. your spring is beautiful!! so so far ahead of us but that's okay with me. We've had dreary rainy days and a drop in temps so that we are wearing warm clothes again.


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