Sometimes it’s not the big things in life, but the little things that make my day. Today is one of those ‘little things’ days; little things like hearing a Cardinal singing outside, bright sunshine against a new layer of sparkling white snow, seeing a bluejay for the first time this year – little things. The other day we had a hawk in our backyard; I don’t know what kind of hawk, but the very presence of that large a bird in our area was surprising. We live in the city, so it is a surprise, for sure, to see one so near. I tried to get up close enough to photograph it, but my camera decided to fail me just as I snapped the shot, so recording this event just wasn’t to be. I’ve seen three robins in the past few days; in our area robins are a harbinger of Spring and it’s ‘tradition’, of sorts to see who spots one first. Spring is just around the corner (I know…technically it’s already, ‘on-the-calendar’ here) but I mean when we actually see signs of it almost every day; signs like budding bushes – forsythia, flowering crab, or crocus popping out of the ground, hyacinth and the other harbingers: daffodils and narcissus. Spring is my absolute favorite time of year, that ‘fresh’ smell in the air, even on a rainy day.
Another ‘little thing’ for me today was being able to create ‘holes’ in a knitting project. Yes, many times I’ve been able to knit a “Yarn Over” and produce holes, but this one project (which, by the way, is a beginner knitted dishcloth pattern called “Grandma’s Favorite”) was, until today, beyond me! Yes, I was able to knit it up just fine BUT mine didn’t have the cute little row of ‘holes’ that runs just inside the main body of the cloth…this was just frustrating! This is a new pattern for me, as it is knit on the diagonal; it’s a very easy pattern and produces a different effect than straight knitting (ie: squares for “The Ghana Project”). Below I am going to attempt to post the two cloths, both knit using the Yarn Over. On the left is the pattern, knit my way (Continental) that DIDN’T produce the row of holes, and on the right is the slight variation in the twist of the yarn which produced the desired effect (holes around the inside):
You may think you speak “Standard English straight out of the dictionary” but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like “Are you from Wisconsin?” or “Are you from Chicago?” Chances are you call carbonated drinks “pop.” Yep, that’s ME – Pure MICHIGAN! Enjoy: