If you are a gardener and you live in western New York, then you have to be an optimist.  Our last frost date is not until the third week of May.  It snowed last week.  The temperature this morning was 27 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Daffodils, narcissi, anemones, irises, crocus, snowdrops have all outlasted the lingering chill and now they unfurl their blooms and delight me with bursts of my favorite spring colors.

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My red Cippolini onion seedlings arrived today,

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and weather permitting, will go into the ground tomorrow.  That means weeding…

I have been very busy!  Gregg and I took a long-dreamed-of trip to the southwest, visiting, Grand Canyon, Zion, Arches, and Bryce Canyon National Parks.

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Had a lot of fun collecting patches from the various parks, and found I had a bag in just the right colors on which to put them!

 

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Makes me think of ice-dyeing… Oh well, more to add to the To-Do list!

Usually don’t have this many things going, but anyway…I am working in Anne Hanson’s Blumchen using Madeline Tosh Sock yarn in the color way “Parchment”.

I am almost done with “Nori” a sideways shawl from the Spring 2013 Knitty in Tucker Woods Artisan Yarns and Fibers “BB’s Toes” in “Rosemary and Thyme”.

I designed a sock and submitted it to Knitty for Summer, but since I have not heard from them, I am not hopeful, so here’s a picture taken at Zion National Park.

 

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It’s called “Ohm” in Madeline Tosh Sock colorway “Opaline”.

Inspired by my trip out west, I’m going to design a sweater based on different rock formations.

Yarn Boutique summer classes: the store will be closed Mondays starting mid-May.  New classes include: small felted projects and Reading Patterns and Charts.  Fairport is done until October.  These will be weeknight evening classes as all county libraries are closed weekends after Memorial Day.  See you soon!