it has been a while since i posted last. and since then spring has officially arrived!! yeahhh!! although we are under a winter storm watch for tonight, booooo. i have been a little distracted for the past few weeks, and haven’t been feeling all that well, so i did not have a lot to say that wasn’t cranky and full of self pity. but i have been keeping myself busy. i’ve been steadily working on my sweater, and got to the point where i divided for sleeves and knitted a few inches below that. i was so excited i put the stitches on waste yarn and tried it on. well, it ended up being about 8 inches too big! yikes my gauge was a half stitch off and it will only grow when i block it. so while freaking out i emailed nora, my lovely knitting guru and acupuncturist, and she gave me some advice, some of which i knew and didn’t want to hear. i needed to start over. i ripped it back to the yoke, and haven’t been able to start working on it again. but i redid my gauge swatches and found a better size needle and i will restart again this week (after i finish pouting).
i have also been starting seeds and working in the garden. we had a beautiful warm day on friday and i pulled back the plastic on the hoops and discovered lots of spring growth on the spinach. i also planted beets, carrots, arugula, onions, and lettuce mix. i have some seeds started in the house and more ready to go. my crop schedule is all on the calendar, and seeds are organized. now i just need to make some spring tonic bee food and check the ladies. we have had one hive die in our backyard, and one survive. so i will most likely split that healthy hive this spring. at earthworks we currently have a 76% survival rate, although this is the touchiest part of the season, when a hive that survived all winter can bite it quite suddenly.
so now i need to keep myself motivated working on art, even though i am distracted by the outdoors. i still have not found a good way to manage my time effectively. i have a strange feeling that i will be saying that for the rest of my life. so for now i will leave you with another newer papercut of planting seeds!!!