happy spring!

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!!!

sowing seeds

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Filed under arty stuff, beekeeping, farm, garden, knitting

2 responses to “happy spring!

  1. Love, Love, Love your “Sowing Seeds” piece. Right down to the Fedco envelope!!! Can we talk about me reposting it to my blog “The Populist Farmer?”

  2. Love, Love, Love your piece “Sowing Seeds”. Would really like to repost it to my blog!
    P.S. I’m a beek, too!

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