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Signs of Spring & Serendipity

With all of the news stories this past week about the Daylight Savings time change this weekend there were several comments about to the effect of “You can’t say ‘spring ahead’ anymore because spring isn’t here yet; now it’s ‘march forward’ and ‘fall behind’ still rings true.”

Well, the weather didn’t get the memo that it isn’t spring yet – it was a super sunny weekend where you start to think that maybe spring will come. In addition to the sun shining – there was also sun warmth – it was nice to be out & about without all of the winter layers.

I often say that I think that the first Monday afternoon after the fall time change is the worst – coming out of the office at a “normal” time & seeing how dark it is. The flip is definitely true as well – how nice to walk out of the client office at 6:45 this evening & actually need to put on my sunglasses.

In the midst of my recent sock knitting I also finished up a few squares for the Blanket of Hope for Sonya & Kevin. It is fun to see all the shapes & sizes of blocks that are being sent for this blanket.

Hope Blocks

In addition to the bright sunshine another sign of spring this weekend was the continued progress on the rebuilding of the dove nest above my back door. Hopefully it won’t be too long until Dora the dove is back on a nest.

Sock #3

Saturday was filled with errands and my current sock was with me through it all – I got a fair amount of knitting done while at the salon and also while in the super long line at the car wash. I stopped into Arcadia Knitting to pick up some Addi turbo pairs in different (smaller) sizes for some of the sock yarn in my stash and a beautiful skein of Colinette Jitterbug in the Toscana colorway jumped in the bag as well. (Reading the description of the colorway – a perfect selection to celebrate a first glimpse of spring.)

Sock Blooms

While catching up with my stylist at the salon I learned that my former stylist was now working at the new Whole Foods that opened fairly close to my house. So the last errand of the day was checking out the new store (wonderful!) and catching up with Brad by the Artisan cheeses. Brad is a knitter as well so we always talk knitting – I showed him the sock in my bag & he pulled his backpack from a locker to show me the sock he was working on. In addition to the serendipity of seeing Brad and picking up a few goodies I also picked up a beautiful African violet in a cheery bright pink bloom.

Sunday I finally wore my ‘Bejeweled Blue Hosta‘ scarf – I have joked that Wisconsin has been too cold this winter to wear this scarf because it is such an open knit. This scarf was just the right weight for wearing with a twill blazer & not needing another jacket. While catching up with friends over coffee and bagels after church Jen commented that it was great to see the scarf ‘in action’ after seeing it on the blog.

Now that sock #3 is complete I have started on it’s match. I’m looking forward to a mini-vacation this weekend & the sock will be “just the thing” to have as my plane project to/from Dallas.

What signs of spring and serendipity are you seeing these days?


  1. Beautiful squares, Amy! Thank you so much. Your African violet is so cheery; I can’t believe it’s supposed to be 70 degrees today.

  2. Goign to Dallas this weekend? I’ll be going next weekend. A Day Out With Thomas is going to be at the Grapevine Railroad and we are taking LittleMan.
    Love the sock, the new yarn, and the African violet. I love those plants. I used to kill the leaves until I read about not getting water on them and now I do pretty well.

  3. I ADORE YOUR KNITTING! I live my knitting life through you hehehe

    OHH I love whole foods!! They have gluten free foods. Any store that carries that is Fantastic in my book!!!

    I was wondering if you’d like to swap! I am itching to create something for Amy A!! your name alone inspires!
    just email me sweet friend!

  4. Oh yeah another triangle. I absolutely love the triangle pieces. They are so fun!

    It was definitely a gorgeous weekend, I just hope we don’t have a relapse to winter, but I’m not getting my hopes up.

  5. Beautiful squares, Amy!

    I’ll think of something lovely and springlike after tax season. You know, when it’s basically summer.

    Cute socks.

  6. The purple sock is very cute.
    And I love the color of your africal violet. I unfortunately think that ours might be dying.

  7. How did you like today’s weather, almost summerlike. I love our african violet. I used to have several in my old house but I just don’t have enough light here. So I will enjoy your picture.

    All your knitting looks so beautiful. I have been too busy and tired so I am lucky to complete a couple rows a day.

  8. I love your story about the dove. That is so sweet! I haven’t seen any robins yet, but the hyacinths are just about poking through the soil in the back yard.

    Your african violet looks so pretty, and I love how you’ve matched the skein of yarn to it! Have a safe trip to Dallas!

  9. If you’d asked me about spring yesterday, I would have said I am seeing robins and redwing blackbirds and, for the first time in a while, our yard, from which over 2 feet of snow has finally receded.

    Since I didn’t read this until today, I have to change my answer. What I see now is a weather report calling for 4 to 8 inches of snow tonight.

    Two steps forward, one step back. 🙂

  10. My African Violets are thus far the only plants that Calvin hasn’t started attacking. Let’s hope he doesn’t discover the bookshelf and start jumping up there for his salad bar. *sigh*

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