spring means flowers

it also means a renewal of creative energy. between spinning yarn, sewing, knitting a tunic, and planning, i managed to knit a tea cozy for a competition. usually i'm not a terribly big fan of knitting. i think it's because i need to rely on a pattern and even with a swatch i'm not always certain of the finished size; and it's not like you can rip out seams and cut down the fabric to resize, or sew on another trim to make it larger, or that you can make a muslin mockup first. as well, it becomes disconcerting ripping out rows of yarn and restitching several times. so when i say that this cozy was an effort and that i'm glad teapots come in various sizes, you can take it to mean that to get exactly what i had envisioned was a trial. i'm just merry that it is as cute as it is!

not everything is focused on textiles this month; orchids are another thing which interests me. i have eight which i've recently repotted and am looking for signs of growth every time i water them. this past weekend there was an orchid show at the local mall. seeing all the varieties of shape and species is amazing! they're so exotic, but familiar, garish and humble, dazzling and so alive. i snapped many photos, but don't want to become too "family photos from our recent vacation" like, and so will share only some random favorites.


  1. the tea cosy is very "kawaii". the orchids are lovely in the shops here but I never have any luck growing them.

  2. I love the tea cosy, I don' t think I've ever seen one like it, your labour of love was worth it.
    You're orchid pics are great, what a variety of shapes and colours.

  3. thank you both!

    jean-orchids like the love that comes from never watering or feeding them. they do pretty well for me. mind you, i've killed many plants including air plants, crown of thorns, and cacti. so i'm constantly amazed at how healthy they are.

    sharon-i based it on an earflap hat i knit last year; going without a pattern was an interesting adventure for me. thankfully, ribbon makes most things better!