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Archive for April, 2008

I heart spring

Although I’ve been in New England for three years now, spring flowers never get old. Mostly, I think, because I am still learning things. Like, this. Anyone know what it is?

It lives outside my dining room window and has thus far survived the marauding herds of deer.

On the subject of bright colors, I have another FO. I haven’t taken pictures yet, it’s the last week of the semester and it’s possible I’m drowning. I have a progress photo, taken when I needed some encouragement to either frog or continue. I kept going, but still am not so very sure it was a great project. Take a look for yourself:

Very. Bright.

The point of the project wasn’t another pair of pants for the boy, rather it was an experiment to see how the striping yarn I’ve been dyeing works up in the project it’s intended for.* The colorway was an oopsie one, intended to be far closer to the pastel end of the spectrum. I didn’t think anyone would buy it, so I thought it would be a good example (knit in Em’s size, though, so not entirely a waste). I’m not sold on it, and if I’m not, then who would be?

*What a poor example of grammar. Excuse me.

The stripes are kinda cool though.

Maybe I should make it a black and white photo.

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And we have a winner!

I know you want the winner. I was going to post my latest work in progress, but I’ll bet really you want to know if your name is there. Soooooo:

The winner is! Bea from Baa Baa BlackSheep!

Go check out her blog, it’s a good read. She has some cute little dogs for you puppy lovers, too. I am very much looking forward to shopping for her next weekend!

I was totally not expecting the response I got. 57 comments and 75 entries blows my old record out of the water. Kelli posted on her blog and sent over 15 people; Elaine sent over 5 (I have no blog for her) and I was listed on WiKnit, a knit contest blog. An unbelievable amount of traffic came from these people. I’m really glad y’all stopped by.

And here I thought it would just be you regular folks.

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Two years!

Happy Blogiversary to me! Happy Blogiversary to me!

I honestly can’t believe it has been two years. Some days it feels like the blog has been around forever.

In the beginning I posted a ton, thinking about the blog constantly. Once pregnant, I couldn’t think of anything, much less string together interesting sentences for you guys. After all that time, I never thought I’d come back to it at all. I surprised myself at the beginning of this year with a commitment to blog every week. I’ve not totally achieved that yet, but I’m a lot closer than I was six months ago. Who knows what will happen when I finish my degree?

In honor of my 2 year blogiversary and the awesome friends I’ve made from it, in real life and virtual, I’m offering a contest. I know you’re flabbergasted, it’s likely been 18 months since I last had one. This one is easy, though. Just leave a comment by midnight on the 16th (Wednesday) to be entered to win. Send someone over and have them note your name and you get an extra entry!

What’s the prize? April is for the Connecticut Sheep and Wool festival, the first of the season. The winner gets the choice of fiber or yarn bought just for you at the festival. Sound good?

Hey, it’s the least I can do to say thanks for two great years.

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Goodbye Swans

Change is good, blah blah blah. I get that. I do. I just hate to say goodbye to some things.

This was the view from our front yard for over two and a half years:

pond

Sometimes, this was our view: (you may have seen this somewhere before):

Mr. Swan going home

The first year we saw an awful lot of this:

swan at the door

That part wasn’t so fun.  Swans are on the mean side, and they make copious amounts of poo.

Although we were cramped into a 640 square foot cottage, we loved it.  Mr. Cygknit joked to the landlords that if they’d just build a second story we would stay.  Once Em got mobile there was no choice but to move, though.  A pond in your front yard and a dam/waterfall by the parking spaces + an almost-toddler is a bad mix.  We moved last weekend, into a converted barn on a good deal of well-kept land.  There’s no pond in the front yard, though there’s a good bit of wildlife.

It just isn’t the same without the swans.

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