A week ago, we had a lovely day--warm enough to wash and hang out almost all our winter woollies...or at least all the (mostly handmade) mitts, scarves, and hats that the twins and I had piled up. The weather has been unpredictable...everything was in use just a few weeks ago. In fact, it sometimes flurries in May, and our kitchen sink is still dripping, as the ground is still frozen 8 feet down. While it is warm on top of the soil, there are still reports of properties whose pipes are frozen. (522 properties without water, last I heard)
All of Winnipeg is rushing around in practically no clothing to enjoy the short season of warmth...and I have finally gotten to wear short sleeves. :)
Here's a series of shots of the warm day, the clothes on the line, and the bits of green as we begin spring. It's all a celebration for me as I used to wash wool and sweater type things every spring, before twins. Clean woollies, packed in airy, sunny places and rotated frequently, are best for avoiding moth damage, as per the advice of my Professor husband, who does actually study butterflies and moths for a living...
Right after the twins were born, I tried using the clothes line, but it was too hard. I had not recovered sufficiently healthwise, and I could not manage carrying heavy things up and down stairs or outside. I also could not bend and stretch too well, and it's all even harder to do while wearing a baby. (or two)
So, the clothesline has not been out in quite a while. Of course, doing extra spring cleaning was also not on the agenda.
I am surprised by and enjoy small things these days.
The last bit of news was knitting related. In April, I was surprised by wonderful online pattern sales on Ravelry.
I have no idea why. I'd done no advertising and only one new pattern in the last several years. The only different thing was posting those new pdfs from Knit Green
and Fiber Gathering.
So, I seized upon the opportunity and decided to do a small notebook ad
on Ravelry to see if good sales continued. As May closes, I can conclude that it did absolutely NOTHING and I have sold almost no patterns in May!
I am trying to embrace unpredictability. It goes against my nature, but then, life with almost three year old twins is different from one moment to the next. (Potty training, for instance, is a truly unpredictable enterprise--different with each kid and from day to day.) Time to try to enjoy any small positive change...like the first cherry blossoms and flower bulbs blooming this spring.
Labels: frozen pipes, handknit, knitting designs, Ravelry, spring, writer's life