Signs of spring

As described in my last post, spring fever has begun. I’ve been working with fine thread and pretty spring colors over the past week, and challenged myself to see if I could handle size 20 thread on a tiny steel crochet hook to create this doily (Doily #24) designed by Fujiko Takagi in a vintage issue of Decorative Crochet magazine (#12, November 1989):

Just as my paternal grandmother created thread doilies, tablecloths, pillows and other items of beauty on fine steel hooks, I was pleased this one turned out well enough to feel a connection to her and the past.

A new DBKN pattern with a bit of a springtime feel to it was released this week:  Twisty Lace Basket Trim.  Don’t ask me what possessed me to dress up some Longaberger baskets with a bit of knitted lace but I was pleased with the effect. This is a quick-knit project that could turn a plain basket into a nice gift, if filled with spring flowers or tea or fruit … or yarn!

I also completed another Peachy-Keen Placemat, a fine-knitting thread project that actually stitches up rhythmically and fairly quickly. This one is in vivid blue:

While checking in on Ravelry yesterday, I happened across a group I hadn’t noticed before and decided to join: For the Children of Pine Ridge.  They collect items for the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where the needs are great. Years ago I donated to Pine Ridge through another venue, but since one of the collection points for this group is just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from where I live, I quickly packed up the following items to donate:  18 dishcloths (for the group’s current kitchen drive), 2 baby blankets, 2 shawls, 2 pair of socks, 4 scarves, 10 hats and 1 cowl:

Other signs of spring?

1. In the early morning darkness today, DH looked up from eating his bowl of Cheerios to realize there was something staring at him through the sliding glass door … and it wasn’t our head-of-household cat Andrew coming back from his daily backyard stroll.  It was a raccoon! I don’t know where the raccoon has been all winter but he was looking for breakfast too.

2.  Lucky DD and her fiance are on their way to Arizona for baseball spring training. We attended last year and had a great time cheering for the Colorado Rockies at their new training facility Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, but won’t be able to get down there this year.

3.  I’ve called a tree pruning and landscaping service in order to get on their list early. The xeriscape yard and trees we put in to transform a bare-dirt suburban plot of land around the house 20 years ago has done quite well over time … so much so that, as my mother describes it, we are being overcome by a forest.

Enjoy the change of seasons!

ETA: Spring snowstorm, anyone?  Yesterday 60 degrees, high winds & wildfires … this morning 32 degrees and 8″ of snow!

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  1. Daphne said,

    February 25, 2012 @ 1:31 am

    That dolly is so beautiful. I haven’t done much thread crochet yet. I hadn’t thought of putting a scarf around a basket. It looks cute.

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