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mini skeins and lots of floral everything

I've got flowers on the mind. Its this time of year. Everything I seem to be working on and purchasing is floral inspired. The first day of spring came and went and how are we into April already. How does that happy so fast?! The wisteria bloomed and the petals fell before I could even take photos. There was wisteria blooming everywhere here. Seemed wild almost. The blossoms from the apple and pear trees have all blown away. The tulips and daffodils are still blooming. Pink primrose is popping up in bunches along the side of the roads and blueblonnets have really started to show. I've spotted indian paintbrush too. I finally planted some bulbs and cleaned up our front garden, sort of. I still need to do more but at least its presentable. We have a major problem with weeds in our grass at the moment. I planted zinnias and lavender and lantana. I was grocery shopping at Trader Joes a couple days ago and could not resist buying bouquets of ranunculus. So pretty! My absolute favorite. I planted some bulbs in a barrel awhile ago, we'll see if they even come up. I wouldn't say I have a green thumb, its greenish. A very light greenish.. 
I don't know what possessed me but I got a bee in my bonnet to paint my craft room. While I was at lowes looking at plants I found my self in the paint center and came home with a color called Sweet Mint. It turned out so nice and I'm the worst painter in the world so won't be doing that again. I was just so tired of all the beige in my house. The thing about buying a brand new newly built cookie cutter home is that they paint the walls all the same boring beige and now I've had it with beige!
I've made two vintage book purchases. I love love love wildflower and nature reference books. I have amassed a bit of a collection and my two recent finds are wonderful additions. I love looking through them. Such a source of inspiration for my embroidery work whenever I get to it. 
I finished one knitting project, this shawl. I totally forgot to take a pic of the blocked shawl but I had to send it off to Dianne. It was a sample for her show. I can't say I enjoyed the shawl, I do not like that construction and the shawl by the end was really awkward to hold that it really did a number on my thumbs and wrist. Gosh I was in pain for a few days. Never has that happened before and so knitting has been sort of taking a back seat for other things that don't irritate my wrists. A little bit of sock knitting has been ok though. 
Crochet has been fine as well. I started a little granny pillow cover and also a blanket, this pattern because I enjoy all things Dottie Angel. I might add some woolly tattoos instead of doilies. 
I received some pretty things in the mail recently. I ordered some minis from Hue Loco. Various colors because you can purchase them individually and just in a kit which is nice. Also this set and they 50 grams skeins. Which is good size and the colors are just so Sping. Just love them, so bright and fun and perfect for a small project. I have in mind something crocheted, not sure just what maybe a pillowcase or two or maybe a shawl. We'll see.
Also I am completely enamored with all things Viola Yarn. I love her instagram and her aesthetic. The minis I ordered from Canada took no time at all to arrive and for now I will just admire them because they are so magical. I absolutely love the way she dyes yarn. I hoard her stuff. Seriously though I should just knit it up. 
I started and finished a quilt top with some of my precious tilda fabric. Just a simple patchwork quilt top. I cut a bunch of squares, I think about 300 4.5". Now to find a backing and some fabric for binding. 
I was at ikea a couple weeks ago and I purchased the quilt I needed for a calicozy quilt by Alicia Paulson. I would like to do that next but I bought the wrong size and I'll put that on hold for now. I wanted to do the queen but I accidentally bought the twin. Maybe I'll make two, I have enough fabric. I am working on something really fun behind the scenes. Well fun to me anyway so far. As a way to get to know some of my favorite podcasters/instagrammers/bloggers, I am doing mini interviews for a blog series. I think it will be a biweekly regular post. Its meant to be fun. Just doing some background work for that. 















spring is almost here

I spotted my first bluebonnet. Spring is almost here. My allergies have arrived and trees are blooming everywhere. I love the soft pink and white blossoms and so do the bees. They have arrived too. I am looking forward to this years bluebonnets. Its supposed to be lovely and beautiful this year in north texas. The days are longer and it feels wonderful to walk in the evening with miss maggie and watch the sun setting after seven. I have some ranunculus bulbs I need to plant this weekend and in my town there is a vintage pop up trade show that I am looking forward too. A big part of me wants to make the drive down to Waco for their spring at the silos event, but last time we were there it was just crazy mayhem madness... not sure if I feel up to the crowds. Seriously, they are crazy. 
I want to start so many projects that I felt I needed to take some time to finish a few things. I finished this, thisthis and this and this. For those of you wondering, I just really enjoy knitting shawls and I only keep my most favorites. I have quite a few knit worthy gals in my family and so I give a lot away for gifts. I started of course, a new shawl. In some very pretty and floral colors by Nice & Knit yarn. Have you tried their yarn, Its soooo wonderful and light! They have a podcast too. They knit beautiful things.
I pulled fabric for a floral quilt, thinking that it will just be patchwork which is quick and easy since I have other more complicated quilt wips. Including an english paper pieced hexi quilt which will take forever but I am enjoying nonetheless. I keep it tucked away in a little suitcase. All the fabric is cut. Epp projects are great because you can just pick it up whenever and not feel lost. Spending a whole day netflixing and getting a lot done until next time. For these particular hexies I am using 30's inspired fabrics and they are 1". My go to shop for my epp papers is Paper Pieces. I am just to lazy to cut my own. I seriously will need hundreds and hundreds for a queen size. I love the feedsack reproductions that are available. I find epp just as relaxing as knitting.