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spring is almost here

I spotted my first bluebonnet. Spring is almost here. My allergies have arrived and trees are blooming everywhere. I love the soft pink and white blossoms and so do the bees. They have arrived too. I am looking forward to this years bluebonnets. Its supposed to be lovely and beautiful this year in north texas. The days are longer and it feels wonderful to walk in the evening with miss maggie and watch the sun setting after seven. I have some ranunculus bulbs I need to plant this weekend and in my town there is a vintage pop up trade show that I am looking forward too. A big part of me wants to make the drive down to Waco for their spring at the silos event, but last time we were there it was just crazy mayhem madness... not sure if I feel up to the crowds. Seriously, they are crazy. 
I want to start so many projects that I felt I needed to take some time to finish a few things. I finished this, thisthis and this and this. For those of you wondering, I just really enjoy knitting shawls and I only keep my most favorites. I have quite a few knit worthy gals in my family and so I give a lot away for gifts. I started of course, a new shawl. In some very pretty and floral colors by Nice & Knit yarn. Have you tried their yarn, Its soooo wonderful and light! They have a podcast too. They knit beautiful things.
I pulled fabric for a floral quilt, thinking that it will just be patchwork which is quick and easy since I have other more complicated quilt wips. Including an english paper pieced hexi quilt which will take forever but I am enjoying nonetheless. I keep it tucked away in a little suitcase. All the fabric is cut. Epp projects are great because you can just pick it up whenever and not feel lost. Spending a whole day netflixing and getting a lot done until next time. For these particular hexies I am using 30's inspired fabrics and they are 1". My go to shop for my epp papers is Paper Pieces. I am just to lazy to cut my own. I seriously will need hundreds and hundreds for a queen size. I love the feedsack reproductions that are available. I find epp just as relaxing as knitting.

rain rain go away

This week has just been wet, wet and cold and very wet. I feel like we've somehow been transported to the northwest. This feels like being back in Vancouver, so I've been feeling nostalgic for home but my mom sends me daily videos via instagram of all the snow which is kind of crazy for Vancouver too. Crazy weather all around. 
I've been tucked in cozy, hardly leaving the house unless I have to. Maggie has been bouncing off the walls because of very little playtime at the dog park. I've taken to carrying around my camera and taking little videos when I remember. I hope to keep doing that, I am trying to dust off my skills. I used to do little videos all the time but I'm quite rusty. I made one below, just bits of my past week. I'll get better with a little more practice. I was walking maggie outside so she kept pulling and my hand wasn't all that steady, oh well.  I'll call them my weekly snippets.
I've been knitting and baking and last week I had ordered a replenishment of my favorite herbs for tea. I ordered from a different company this time and now I am fully stocked. I have ordered from Davids Tea but what I have found is that unless its just simple black tea, I am not a fan of their tea blends. I stick to what I know I like now and making up my own is best. Chamomille, Spearmint, Peppermint, Lemongrass and Lemon Balm are what I keep in my cupboards. I just add what I want to my teapot and let it steep. Mountain Rose herbs is where I normally order but they were out of some the things I wanted. Now they do have some lovely blends, the Fairytale blend is so yum!
In the mail this past week, I got some beautiful yarn. I could't resist the new colorways by Yoth. I ordered some lavender in the dk weight and it is heaven. I have started just a big, squishy garter shawl. Nothing fancy but it will keep me warm when its done of course by then the sun will be back and winter will be gone. I loved the color. Lavender is one of my favorite colors.