Oh my, but this month is moving fast! Isn't it? But even though I feel like I'm not getting enough done, the house isn't nearly clean enough, and I don't enough time to breathe, really nice things are happening. Like my mother-in-law getting a new KitchenAid mixer and giving me her old one (woot! cookies are right around the corner!). And Shaye wrote the most thoughtful and kind post on her experience with my handspun yarn. She's a sweetie and the hat she crocheted for her daughter with some of my Red Delicious is adorable.
Also, I set up a new shop for my photography - I got the name from the strip of moss that runs across our backyard. There's nothing in it yet but I have lots and lots of ideas for it, so I'll (very slowly) be working on that over the next couple of months. You're welcome to check it out. I would've loved to have it ready in time for Christmas but, as my mom would say, that's the way the mop flops. No idea what that means, but there you go.
Yesterday when V and I went outside, she wore her new cowl that I knitted up from one of my sample yarns that I made while working out how to spin ultra thick and thin yarn. I love this look. I know lots of photographers use this sort of yarn for baby hats, but it also makes soft and pretties for older folks.
She looks so sweet, doesn't she? Yeah, she was digging in the mud. Sometime today or tomorrow I'm going to find out how easily Georgia red clay comes out of supersoft Merino wool. That's my girl. One day, I'm going to get her both The Daring Book for Girls and The Dangerous Book for Boys. Though I'm pretty sure she's got both daring and dangerous covered all on her own.
While V dug holes in the moss, I walked around the backyard looking for fun things to photograph. We need some more plants or something back there. A good swing set would be golden too.
A few weeks ago, V and I made bird feeders from mini bagels, peanut butter, and birdseed. I've left this bit of yarn on the tree in hopes that a bird can use it for her nest. Do birds build nests in the winter? I dunno. They might have to patch theirs up occasionally, I suppose, should a winter storm hit. It's nice to think of the birds in the neighborhood using handspun yarn in their nests. And I love the jewel droplets.
More jewel droplets on the grass. They make me so happy.
And dead leaves, lots of those around. Pretty in their own way.
This spring, we'll have to plant some flowers so we can have more color and more jewel droplets in our lives.