Tuesday, April 21, 2015

springtime in the Upper Midwest

Spring's arrival has been hard-fought in the Upper Midwest this year. Brrr... Today's another hustery, blustery, chilly day, but at least the tulips and hyacinths' much-anticipated blooms make it look like spring around here.

I knit something spring-y during the doldrums of March and April, and the cheery color makes me think of baby chicks and daffodils and other lovely things:

pattern: in threes, by kelly herdrich
yarn: three irish girls springvale dk, creamsicle
needles: clover us 5 (3.75 mm) bamboo circs
size: 0-6 months

Quick, easy pattern! I'll definitely revisit it. I cast on for the smallest size, but made it even smaller by using DK yarn and size 5 needles. Jennie the Potter made the whimsical bicycle buttons, which I found at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival last fall. Happy to find a good use for them!
I've seen that some parts of the country are reveling in rhubarb already, and I'm envious! Yesterday I tried Leslie Land's easy fruit and jam crostata recipe. Pretty much amazing. Even better than my usual jam tart recipe. Leslie gives all kinds of suggestions for fruit and jam pairings -- the perfect way to clean out your freezer (I used rhubarb, blackberries, and strawberries, with raspberry jam). 
Other signs of spring in our backyard:


Anonymous said...

hooray for spring -- your yard looks LOVELY. And that cardigan is absolutely adorable.

Rue said...

What a great color for that sweater! tadpole would be a huge fan.

And I agree, your yard looks lovely!

It was great to see you last weekend!

Gillian said...

What a lovely little cardigan - it will be very useful and such a nice colour. I must check out those recipes for I still have lots of fruit in the freezer. I've started using this year's rhubarb and it's delicious.

Caffeine Girl said...

That little sweater could not be sweeter! I love the color and the buttons.

You definitely have more spring than we do!