2012 is off to a good start for me. I feel like I have already accomplished a lot of goals, and have a good handle on where I'm going this year. It's a good feeling to be organized and ahead of the game. One of the reasons for this is that I have cut back on teaching this year. Except for Stitches West in February, I don't currently plan to teach this year. I'm taking a little sabbatical in order to concentrate on some other big plans I have in the works. So, grab me at Stitches West if you plan to attend!
the other reason for this is Miriam, my assistant. She began working with me halfway through last year, and with her help I've gotten things organized and the workflow flowing. I don't know what I'd do without her now! Miriam also doubles as my model, so if you've been admiring all the beautiful model shots lately on my blog - you can thank Miriam! Not only is she organized and efficient, but she's photogenic too.
I've been working on a lot of deskwork lately and haven't had as much time to sit down and knit, but I finally finished the mitts for the malabrigo set. I just LOVE this yarn, and it looks great on everyone who tries it on. It must be made of magic! So I now have a complete set - and I'm busy writing up the pattern. The only problem is, I don't have a name for this set - any ideas? Usually I'm quick with the names, but sometimes they elude me. You can see the lovely Miriam modeling below.
And I've also gotten into the birdies lately. As in, watching birdies. My neighbor next door has a lovely garden and lots of bird feeders. And I am jealous! So I have begun my stealthy plot to poach some of the birdies from her yard to mine by putting up feeders of my own. So far I have sunflower seeds in one, thistle in another and a suet feeder. But the birdies still seem to be having a party in her yard... I think it just takes a little time for them to discover my goodies.
And speaking of birdies, a beautiful bird flew into our window last week and stunned itself. It fell down on the deck with its wings all splayed out, and I was sure it was a goner, or at least had a broken wing. But we watched it carefully for several hours and it got up, and rested, then eventually flew off. My friend Joan Schrouder identified it for me as a Varied Thrush. Now I see them all the time! (Especially in my neighbor's garden - haha) Aren't they pretty?
I hope he finally got rid of the headache. ouch!
And I'm finally back in the land of delicious. Last year I signed up for a CSA share from one of my local farms. If you've never heard of CSA, it stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and basically you pay money to a local farmer and they give you a share of their harvest each week. I was really enjoying it last year, but then I had to do a bunch of traveling so I quit for a while. I finally got around to signing back up, and all I can say is yum! I love getting my share each week and finding all kinds of things that are new to me. I never realized how many varieties of kale there are, for example, nor that they all taste different! This week is delicata squash.... mmmm! And the fresh eggs are heavenly. CSA shares are available just about everywhere, so look for a local one near you! You could be in the land of delicious too.