Finally this weekend, on the crest of a tropical above-freezing-all-the-time heat wave, I saw my first bulb emerging.
A week or two late; so very welcome.
Now, only three days later, just like the robins, suddenly my early bulbs are all emerging at once. I may have forgotten to put on green this morning for St. Patrick’s Day (shame on me! and I’m even Irish!), but my garden was trying its best.
(These are daffodils at the other end of the garden this afternoon.)
Spring IS coming! It will not be winter forever! The weather has been amazing for a few days: April weather, so we can’t get too used to it, but once again: very welcome.
I took advantage of the nice weather and a knitting-related invitation from my friend Deb to drive up to the Twin Cities last weekend. (Which is why I’ve been offline: I worked Saturday, was in the Cities Sunday, and then work’s been busy the last two days.) Deb told me that the Minnesota Knitters’ Guild (how DID they get that web address?! someone was an early adopter of the internet!) was sponsoring a Knit-In at the American Swedish Institute in continued celebration of their Bohus Knitting exhibit, Radiant Knits. I missed the opening due to a work conflict, so wanted to see the exhibit before it closed, and this was about my only chance. Plus, I got to sit and knit as the prime activity. Always a bonus.
So I drove up late Saturday (incredible Saturday Skies, BTW, but time is short — I’ll show you those another time), stayed with my brother and his wife in South Minneapolis (where I saw these somewhat confusing signs:
all the goofy signs I see in Minneapolis seem to be around their house!) Sorry for the blurry picture. I was at a red light, and just as I pulled my camera out, it turned green. I didn’t think Minneapolis drivers would appreciate waiting while I took a good photo….
Then I had brunch with my good friends, whom I see too seldom, at the Bad Waitress Cafe in Minneapolis, not far from the Swedish Institute. Yum.
Off to the American Swedish Institute, then,
to see the exhibit, which was amazing. Photographs weren’t allowed in the museum, but through the front door, you can see a couple Bohus sweaters in the case just inside.
The exhibit signs said something like, “Please resist the urge to touch”, but I practically had to put my hands in my pockets; when you see a gorgeous angora blend vintage sweater, the hand starts to reach out….I was extremely good, though. And I visited the museum shop (candy for the girls, and a couple small Bohus kits may have followed me home too), and then Deb joined me and we knit for the rest of the afternoon in the cupola you saw above.
Here ’tis from the inside, filled with knitters.
It was great fun to knit, catch up with Deb, and meet wonderful knitters. I finished Gothlet Gauntlet number 1
(here on the delighted recipient herself: see, it does fit her too, not just me!)
and knit on two other projects, mostly on one, which I realize I haven’t shown you yet. (Then drove home.)
I think those new knitting projects are a story for another day, as are the Saturday Skies. Because it’s past my bedtime. No Irish beer for me today. But Happy St. Patrick’s Day anyway!
And Up With Green!