In spite of the gloomy, grey days we are having here in our corner, the flowers continue to bloom, spattering the landscape with breathtaking color. I love the palette of purples and yellows against the lush green that is so prevalent in late May and early June, and I'm so looking forward to the lilac blossoms that will permeate our yard with their intoxicating fragrance in a few weeks.
With the rain, I still haven't had much opportunity for gardening, so I decided to pick my knitting up again. I had been working on a Little Bud's sweater for Little #9 with hopes that she would be wearing it by now, but about a month ago my finger unfortunately found itself slammed in the car door. It is slowly coming back into commission, and I think it could actually handle knitting again. I picked the sweater up only to realize that the button holes were on the wrong side...somehow I mixed up the right and wrong sides. I keep going back and forth...do I frog? Do I keep going? One part of me says to keep going, who cares if it buttons up on wrong side; but the other part of me argues that if I'm going to put so much time and effort into making something special, then it needs to be pulled out and started over, making sure the buttons holes are on the correct side. Even if I kept going, its recipient probably wouldn't be able to wear until fall anyway, so frogging (as much as I hate to) is probably what I will do. What would you do? I do love the color of this sweater, Lupine in Lark from Quince and Co. I chose it with the blooms of this time of year in mind.
Of course, with cold, rainy days comes the desire to snuggle in bed early with a cup of tea, a warm quilt, and a good book. I am currently reading The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and I am thoroughly enjoying it. When finished I am looking forward to moving on to American Bloomsbury...a look into the lives and interactions of the famous New England authors, Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. I have heard and read mixed reviews about this book, but I have decided to give it a try. Being from New England, the lives of these authors have always intrigued me.
What are you currently reading and/or knitting?
By Robert Louis Stevenson
All the names I know from nurse:
Gardener's garters, Shepherd's purse,
Bachelor's buttons, Lady's smock,
And the Lady Hollyhock.
Fairy places, fairy things,
Fairy woods where the wild bee wings,
Tiny trees for tiny dames--
These must all be fairy names!
Tiny woods below whose boughs
Shady fairies weave a house;
Tiny tree-tops, rose or thyme,
Where the braver fairies climb!
Fair are grown-up people's trees,
But the fairest woods are these;
Where, if I were not so tall,
I should live for good and all.
*Thanks to my daughter for her help with the photography.*
Linking with Ginny today.