Spring is here at last, in all its peculiarity: It feels like June one day and February the next, and sometimes (like today, chilly and rainy as it is) it just feels like April.
I finished Julia's sweater but not her dress, so I have no pictures of lovely Easter clothes to share. Which is fine, really; this Easter was strange, with George on the road for work and spaghetti for supper, just the three of us. My parents will be here in a week and a half, Julia's dress will be finished (and maybe some new pants for Asher, whose pants all seem, suddenly, to be just a little short) and a real celebration of spring.
:: egg dyeing
Last Thursday was an egg-dyeing party with friends. My friend Aimee outdid herself, with six or seven different dyes—turmeric and paprika, and herbal tea, and others I am forgetting. We made dyes of blueberry and yellow onion skins, and after the eggs were done we used the leftover dye to make some pretty silks. By now, of course, the only thing "in progress" is eating the few eggs that are left!
:: a trip to the moon
A large-ish box arrived on our porch Thursday afternoon, and Julia and Asher spent Friday morning turning it into a space ship and planning a trip to the moon. It is bit more cramped than an Apollo capsule, perhaps, but certainly better decorated.
:: spinning, spinning, spinning
And inside that large-ish box...a new spinning wheel. It is a HoneyBee from BlueBonnet Spinning Wheel Co., chosen because of its reasonable price and The Woolery's recommendation as a very good wheel for its price. I'm finding a steep learning curve, but very much enjoying the process. (I'll be writing more about this soon.)
I did finish Julia's sweater last Wednesday, so the bit of knitting I've done this week has been a few rows on my shawl and a few more on my scarf. I do need to get back to my cousin's baby things; I'm going to have to make them bigger than I planned if I don't get them finished soon...
I found Great Garden Companions beside my Easter basket on Sunday; I didn't have time to finish reading it before it was due back at the library and it is a fantastic resource, so I'm glad to have my own copy now. Garden books are stacked up everywhere here, these days, and likely will be for the next few months. It's just that time of year, isn't it? I'm also revisiting my Spirit Play materials as I begin to plan next year's curriculum. We are still reading Little Town on the Prairie; our bedtime reading has been less consistent these days, as we spend more time—and later hours—out of doors. We'll finish it eventually.