Maybe it would be more appropriate if I titled the post "Spring Allergies." Chloe and I are suffering from them right now. Ick.
Anyway Spring has sprung in South Texas. It is already 80 F out and the flowers in my flowerpots have come back from the nasty freeze this winter to bloom.
There's a bit of cheer for those of you who still may be snow-covered up North.
Meanwhile I finished a serious UFO this week. I started this scarf almost three years ago. Bought the yarn during a trip to San Francisco and I don't know why I never finished it but I didn't. Anyway the yarn is ArtYarns Supermerino (super soft) and the pattern is for a modular diamond scarf (by the yarn company.) And it is finally done.
That would be Chloe modeling for you, of course. The scarf is a bit short but it is actually quite right for Texas weather plus it hasn't been blocked yet and my guess is that it will block out to be a bit longer.
I have several other UFOS that I have dug out from the bins and placed bags so that they will be completed... eventually. I have been trying hard to not buy more yarn for the stash (and have been more or less successful) but I also realize that I need to knit down my stash. My goal for the year is to reduch by one rubbermaid bin. Maybe that is optimistic but I am trying... so I hope to have more FOs soon for you.
My Hawk Run Hollow cross- stitch is coming slowly
I discovered that completing the corner (where the snake and water are) is a bit hard because of the way I have to hold the q-snaps, and because of all the extra material stuffed in the q-snap covers (remember this is only one block of 12) it is getting hard on my left hand... So I ordered a wooden clamp stand that sits on the table or your lap (I tried it out and really liked it) and am waiting for it to show up at the shop where I stitch (The Stitcher's Hideaway in San Antonio) the stands are made in Austin, so I think it won't be long but for the moment I am taking a rest from HRH and instead working on a tiny project.
It is a Bent Creek Snapper and all that is left if the barn and the moon (and a little star.) It is satisfying to work on something small for one. I think the scale of HRH was getting to me.
As I said early, it is warm here in Texas. Milo has started having window-fights with his arch-enemy Peanut (The stare at each other other, slap at the window, puff and hiss. It is funny.) Allergies are back and so is the heat. Soon the summer will set in and we will sizzle. Must knit fast because soon I won't feel like it and retreat back into cross-stitch.