Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Aaah, February

Well, I had a "Happy Valentine's Day" post ready to go yesterday.  As I finished it up I heard from a friend who had a death in her family.  I just didn't feel like clicking on "publish post" after that, and my thoughts will continue to be with her and her family this week.

I wanted to still tell you about a contest I wrote about in yesterday's post.  There is a  "Winter's Waning Giveaway" from my favorite sheep farm blogger, Sheep Gal.  She is giving away white yarn along with a copy of the book Teach Yourself Visually Hand-Dyeing.  Nice giveaway, don't you think?  For a chance to win you can leave her a comment about something you like about this time of year.  I thought I would share that here too.  This message is coming to you a little late now, so be sure to share your thoughts about February with Sheep Gal soon.

The arrival of mid-February means . . .

 . . .  a new orchid to brighten the kitchen:
My traditional Valentine's gift from the boys.

. . . the asparagus has started to come up:
My favorite harbinger of spring.

 . . . the hens are revved up by the warmer weather:
The girls are earning their keep.

 . . . it's high time to cast on for my second pair of socks for 2011 using this lovely skein:
What would February be without knitting?

. . .  the garden seeds have started to arrive in the mail:
This year, mixed in with the vegetables, I am
planting flowers that will be used for yarn dyeing:

hollyhocks, dahlias, coreopsis, lady's bedstraw, and madder. 
Best of all is Stitches West where I will be heading in a couple of days.  Family obligations will keep my friend from attending so I will be keeping an eye out for some nice yarn in her favorite color.


  1. Thanks for that cheerful post Shannon. The change back to colder weather seems to have brought with it some sad events. I do know that knitting brings together good food, friends, and families. February is a good month for knitting and Stitches : )

  2. What a gorgeous orchid! Lucky you. I hope you are planning on blogging about the flower yarn dyeing--I'd love to hear more about it!

  3. Beautiful orchid. Would love one but afraid the cats would eat it like all my other pretty plants. Of course they leave the boring nondescript ones alone.