Thursday, March 28, 2013

Blame the weather!

I read through my journal entries of last March, all about how sunny and warm it was, and how much gardening I did.  Not so this March.  We still have snow on the ground from a 4 inch fall a week ago.  I'm so sad.  As are my seedling trays, languishing full of leggy plant starts.  Partner says it's meant to be cold for the foreseeable future;  I think he meant April snow showers.  If this is the case, I don't think I'll be growing much food this year...

Instead of waking up this month, I've gone back into hibernation:  staying indoors mostly, doing things like knitting and sewing and reading, wrapped up in many layers.  I put my long johns away for a total of one day before getting them out again!

I'm about 3/4 done knitting a pink spring cardigan for myself.  I don't know if I'll get to wear it, though!  It's a sweet lacy pattern, made of a silk/merino blend yarn which I dyed last year.  I'm also working on a simple new slipper design for Franklin, with the prototype looking good--it'll either be fully wool, or (if I can find some) soft leather soled.  I've never worked with leather before, but I often see cheap-ish leather jackets at charity shops, so might as well try it out sometime.  I have a small stash of felt scraps just the right size for child slippers.

Franklin is now the colossal age of 3;  his birthday fell on a Saturday this year, which we spent at the National Railway Museum in York, looking at all the trains, big and small.  He got a lot of fun new things, including his favorite new maroon cardigan, which he calls his "birthday jumper" (jumpers are sweaters over here, as I'm sure you deduced) that I knitted and he wants to wear every day--I hope there never comes a time when he rejects my knits;  he brings me his socks to darn when he finds a hole, and waits for me to finish so he can put them back on;  melts my heart♥.

At the moment, I'm in bed with a virus, which I think Franklin's had this last week--I hope he didn't feel like I do now, poor little boy.  His dad took him to his play group today, and apparently he told one of the ladies that "Mummy's yucky."  It's true.