Sunday, February 18, 2007

Here comes the sun

(of course, now I'll be humming the Beatles song all night after typing that title!)

I was certain the weatherman must have made mistake in his report for Saturday. Here’s what the official forecast said we’d be having:

Looks like pretty typical weather around these parts for February.

Instead we got this:

For once the weatherman’s mistake was in our favor! Usually it works the other way around; if sun is predicted you can bet we’ll get rain instead. Of course when rain is predicted we also usually get rain. Funny how that works.

That unexpected sun and balmy 62 degree weather (practically tropical around here in February!) made me want to work out in my garden to eliminate some of that bedraggled winter look, but unfortunately other conflicting tasks were already mapped out for the day.

Toby and I spent a few minutes in the yard snapping photos and enjoying the sun before returning our noses to the grindstone.

Toby contemplates the strange glowing orb in the sky

It's a good thing that we took a few moments to enjoy the sun because here’s what our view of the sky looked like just a couple hours later:

The weatherman has the last laugh!

Not too much to show right now on the spinning front. I’m still working on the February skein for my swap pal. The first bobbin of Blue Faced Leicester (BFL) is done and I’m nearly done spinning the bobbin of merino-tencel blend that I’ll be using as the second ply.

Chameleon Colorworks BFL in Autumn

This was the first time I'd spun BFL - very enjoyable. I'll be spinning more of this in the future. Though, not on a deadline.


Barb said...

Ahhh Toby is enjoying himself. What a cutie! Beautiful photos of your flowers - WOW, is that happening now? I'm missing it. Some varmit has eatten my bulbs. Probably the squirrels - they think I'm hiding nuts when I plant bulbs. I love the BFL colors. Can't wait to see the plied yarn!

Jo said...

Heavens to Betsy,your spring is ahead of ours! No fair! It's howling winds and rain here right now and all the dogs snugged up refusing point blank to go out AT ALL.

How the heck do you get your spun yarn so smooth? Years of half-hearted spinning and mine is still lumpy and bumpy and - oh yes, full of character. That makes it sound a bit better.

janel said...

Oh very pretty flowers! And Toby is such a cutie.

I can't wait to see the two different fibers plied together.

Cathy said...

I love BFL too. And am looking forward to seeing the ply. And... so that's what spring looks like. Maybe by April I will see it in person.

marti said...

the bfl looks lovely! saturday was so beatiful, although i think the squirrels got all my bulbs this year. sigh.

Maia said...

Toby is a very handsome Boston! I'm sure we need to see more of that cute face.

The flowers are beautiful. We have had warm weather here too (60s - mid 70s!), the cherry trees are in full bloom, and we are planting spring vegetables (lettuce, carrots, beets, peas). I know we will get more rain and the temperature will dip again, but it is so gorgeous right now.

e's knitting and spinning blog said...

The sun, the flowers, and the spinning look gorgeous:-)

Joanne said...

Wow, you have flowers? The dog, the garden, and the handspun all are an inspiring burst of color. Thanks for the update. Around here? Suddenly warm today, but I haven't gotten any gorgeous stuff on the spinning wheel in a while..

Melanie said...

Saturday's sunshine was an unexpected treat, and seeing the snow drops and crocuses is such a hopeful sight.

BFL is my favourite fiber. You do such nice spinning, I'm just feasting my eyes on your beautiful singles.