Monday, January 12, 2009

Let Me Tell You 'Bout the Birds and the Bees...

…and the flowers and the trees.

First, the birds…

Here’s the scene I woke up to this morning.

Next, the bees and the trees…

The first block of the Great American Aran Afghan (heretofore known as the GAAA).

Designed by Judy Sumner, the “kisses and hugs, spiders and bugs” theme was inspired by a birthday card from her granddaughters. I knit the whole thing before I realized that I was supposed to choose the placement of the bugs before I began and work their heads and bodies into the design at the appropriate spots (the wings are added afterwards). That meant ripping back and reknitting about half the square, not exactly an auspicious beginning to this project. After I’d blocked it I decided the spider would look better suspended from the web but thought that a line embroidered in worsted weight would look too heavy. Jessica had the brilliant idea of using laceweight and the yarn I had just received in my Year of Lace shipment was perfect for it. It's hard to see in this picture but trust me, it looks good. I am planning to feature a new block every two weeks throughout the year as a way of keeping me motivated.

Now, for the flowers…

I was feeling a bit down last night and Cameron bought these to cheer me up. I don’t have anything to say about the moon up above but that’s what I call “Love”.

3 comments:

ChristyH said...

You have a good man there. Spoil him when you feel better. Nice bird, looks like a heron to me.

Jessica - The West Coast Knit Wit said...

It is indeed a heron! We don't know if it's the same one, or some different ones, but in the spring and summer especially he likes to visit our clothesline post. He looks very regal up close!

lori said...

welcome back Mr. Heron. :)