Sunday, May 6, 2012

Spring funk

 I've been in a bit of a funk this weekend, so on the advice of my mother, I took the boys outside for a little sunshine.... and promptly got stung.

Actually - I think it's a bite, not a sting - I can't find a stinger and there was no dead bee hanging around. Whatever it was, it flew right up my skirt and got me on the inside of my thigh, just above my knee. Ow!

While I was nursing my hurt, the boys were munching and exploring.
I love the look on his face - it's kind of like he got caught in the cookie jar.
Rocky wasn't nearly as nervous as he usually is.
I think he does better off-leash.

The wild violets have carpeted the side of my lawn again.

The maintenance guy mowed them all down earlier this week, but within just a few days, they were blooming again. When I leave this place, I'm going to dig up a bunch for my next garden.

And my lone peony bush is getting ready to bloom.

Last year that corner of the garden got taken over by and evil tree-like weed. I didn't get it out until later in the summer, so the peony didn't get a chance to bloom. It has two heads on it right now. Hopefully there will be more.

This weekend would have been a good day to tackle the annual hack and slash on the wild roses, but I just didn't have the energy.

Instead, I mostly watched movies and knit.
These are the socks I mentioned last post. My blockers aren't wide enough to stretch out and show the pattern - but that long column is a wave that ripples down the entire leg and foot. This is my latest design, and they will be socks for my Dad for father's day.

I'm using Alley Cat Falkland (colour is Armada) and I love it. I think it's my new favourite sock yarn. It's got a really nice squish to it.

I also started a lace-weight project (one of my stash-down goals)
This ball of Silky Alpaca (Classic Elite) was in my goodie bag from knit camp. I'm making the Jeweled cowl and using coordinating sky blue and emerald beads. It's looking very pretty, but I'm finding the lace weight pretty tedious. I think I'll stick to fingering after this.

So, how was your weekend?


Wooly Knits n Bits said...

Ouch, that looks painful!
Love the soft colours of your cowl.

Minding My Own Stitches said...

Looks almost like an ant or spider bite? Sore!

The jeweled cowl is lovely, but I don't have the patience either. I'm looking at the laceweight in my stash and weighing up the idea of double-stranding it ;)

Anonymous said...

You are the second blogger I've read that talked about being in a funk. I went through it back in Jan/Feb/March.

Hope your funk lifts soon and that your bite heals quickly.

gayle said...

Ouch! Could have been a wasp or hornet - they don't lose their stingers. (And therefore can sting you multiple times...)
Your cowl looks like it's going to be beautiful!

Araignee said...

I hate when that happens. I love to wear dresses when it gets warm but I hate that my legs always end up being a target for some bug. I end up black and blue and polka dotted.

Frieda said...

Ouch ! It looks like it might have been a wasp sting . They kind of hover and you don't always notice them .

I envy you your peony bud , mine are only about 4inches out of the ground . It's been cool and rainy for most April but May is looking better . I have violets all over my flower beds and never pull them . I like to see where they pop up next year . They're one of my favourites .

Monika said...

Ouch, that looks painful!

Delusional Knitter said...

Hope that bite went down, yikes!!! Cats look like they are having a grand time. I LOVE LOVE those little violets, we have them here to.

Knitting Linguist said...

Getting outside always seems to cheer me up - but getting bitten like that doesn't help a funk at all!