"Measure your health by your sympathy with morning and spring. If there is no response in you to the awakening of nature -- if the prospect of an early morning walk does not banish sleep, if the warble of the first bluebird does not thrill you -- know that the morning and spring of your life are past. Thus may you feel your pulse."
-Henry David Thoreau
-Henry David Thoreau
Signs of incipient spring are everywhere, if you just know where to look.
The snow is melting away...
The sky is a brilliant blue...
The snowdrops are pushing their brave little blooms through the detritus of last season's denouement.
Everywhere you look, the earth is stirring, waking up from her long winter nap.
The thermometer may still linger in the 40s, but spring draws ever closer with each passing day.
Ah yes! Sylvan spring...
When every young man's fancy turns to love and every young woman's fancy turns to...
what do I have to
Sorry, but I call 'em like I see 'em.
With the snowdrops bursting into bloom, and the narcissus poking their shoots above ground, can the crocus be far behind?
She's a flippy, flirty little slip of a lace kerchief, done up in crocus-like shades of new leaf green, sunshine yellow, and bright-eyed blue. The perfect thing to drape around your neck to brighten up your trench coat or denim jacket this season.
Now I ask you, is this yarn not the essence of spring? (Handmaiden calls this shade, "Dandelion." To each, her own...)
And yes, there are beads. (When are there not?)
To bead or not to bead - is it even a question?
My first swatch was too undefined. And the bead placement surrounding each motif did nothing to enhance the pattern.
But adding rows to the motif elongates the pattern into a crocus type shape, and comes closer to what I had in mind.
Moving the beads to the inner confines of the floral shape reinforces instead of fighting against the pattern.
This one only took a couple iterations before coalescing into a finished design. Of course, the border design lurks around the corner, hoping to pop out and ambush me, like a late winter snowstorm.(Boy, do I know how to stretch a metaphor or what? I can feel my editor cringing...)
But I have some ideas on paper that I think will work well.
More repeats remain to be completed, before adding the leafy border I designed, but, even with the beading, she zips right along.
The best part of all:
These cunning little flower shaped yellow and blue glass beads I found at my LBS (local bead store.)
Are they just not the best?
A little trail of crocus buds dangling along the bottom edge.
It's just around the corner and comin' on fast...