Signs of Spring

Moss is growing over everything!

The Rhubarb is just showing through the dirt, Christmas Roses are blooming, as are Snowdrops, and Winter Aconite (thanks Maureen!).  It has been a much wetter winter than originally forecast and the moss is spreading through the garden and the grass.  It will be a great deal of work to remove!

We are looking at a new fence for the backyard.  Sophie will require much better fencing than our old dog and it would be nice not to battle the deer for supremacy in the garden!  As I a result – I am not quite sure how we will approach our new garden!  I want to remove some of the old shrubs.  Many are overgrown and very woody and not to my taste in a garden.  I would love to expand the herb garden.  I always look forward to new possibilities to explore.

The white of the Snowdrops almost glows against the greens and browns of the garden.

I was re-reading the post “Softly Falling Snow” from last year.  I was checking the right name for the Winter Aconite and noticed that the lace I was knitting has elements in common with the lace in my current projects – the Dark of the Morning Scarf.  The lace edging I am using now has modifications but it is basically the same pattern.  As knitters, and designers we often find elements that we like and then will play with and modify them until the next detail comes along to distract us!

Finished Dark of the Morning!

I have this week off and hopefully I will get lots of knitting and pattern writing accomplished.  I am not behind at the moment, but I am not really ahead either.  It would be nice to get far enough ahead that I can play with a couple of idea’s that are floating around in my brain.

I have finished the sample scarf for Dark of the Morning – just yesterday.  I blocked it last night and it is ready to come off the floor.  I blocked it for width, not length.  Since the scarf is heavily beaded as soon as it is worn it will stretch!  And I wanted to make sure that the lace was opened fully so that when it stretches the patterns are not lost.

The pattern for Dark of the Morning is really a sampler of different lace patterns and a couple of edgings.  I was looking at it this morning and thinking that, without even trying, I could see fifteen different scarves coming out of this one pattern!  That is above and beyond my personal goal of making my patterns versatile.  So enjoy and play with it!

Winter Aconite - showing brilliantly against the greens of the garden. The leaves of the Christmas Roses are showing a little dark staining from the dampness of this Winter Season.

I always try to incorporate options in my patterns.  Some knitters tell me that they love that about my patterns and others hate that about my patterns!  One woman told me that I wrote too much like Elizabeth Zimmermann.  I was much too wordy – I thanked her for the wonderful compliment!  She informed me that she meant to insult not compliment – she did not like Elizabeth Zimmermann’s patterns!

I like my patterns to send knitters off on tangents.  I encourage all knitters to adapt and personalize their knitting with more than one choice of finish, or weight or shape.  I think that we all need to break out of our ruts and comfort zones!  Spring is the perfect time to try something new.  It is the time of rebirth and new growth.

One of my favorite edges, modified and beaded.

So step into Spring with a new project, one that gets you excited and interested in trying out more techniques and growing your skills.

Happy Knitting

Lynette

About letissierdesigns

March 2017 - My new site is now up and functioning. I can blog, share my thoughts and photographs, and sell my patterns! So much happening in my life and all is creative and forward moving! Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Sept 2015 - I haven't updated this in a while! Still knitting, always knitting, I still teach and work at Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I also have designed for Vogue Knitting, Koigu Magazine, Zealana, Jimmie Beans, and Malabrigo, As of the beginning of 2015 I also became creative director of the Buffalo Wool Co., a new job that just flows along with what I already do. I am a knitting teacher and knitwear designer. I work full time in my LYS, Mad About Ewe Fine Yarns. I recently was 1st runner up in a Vogue Knitting Design Competition called the Magic of Mohair. My design was featured in the Early Fall 2011 Vogue Knitting. I will have another design in the Vogue Knitting Winter 2011 edition. I have recently purchased a Canon Rebel Camera and have started taking way too many pictures. I love this site for sharing my thoughts and pictures. Life is good!
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4 Responses to Signs of Spring

  1. Maureen Byrne says:

    I would think that to be a compliment as well….you, Lynette are great at encouraging creativity in others, to say nothing of having a lovely way with words.

  2. knotrune says:

    I love the moss 🙂 As for the comments on your pattern writing style, I sometimes think it would be a good idea to have the wordy version followed by a pared down version as an appendix for those who prefer that. Then everyone’s happy 🙂 and if it’s a pdf they can choose to print just one or the other.

    • MOss is very cool – especaially here as we can almost watch it spread as the Winter progresses!
      An interesting idea – and one that Elizabeth Zimmermann used in her book “Knitters Almanac”. I’ll have to think about that!

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