Monday, March 30, 2009

Hand: Bread and Dandelions

The weather has been so warm and wonderful here in the Bay Area the past few days. I've been able to walk around the apartment without socks, and can leave the house without my scarf, hat, and gloves.

The birds are singing, the wasps are happily building nests on the BART rails (a little scary, yes), and everything is just so green and alive. I've never considered myself much of a spring person, but after the winter I've had, I'm ready for some happy, life-affirming changes.

This little bread-basket liner I stitched up a few weeks ago really kinda sums my mood these couple days:

Bread Basket Liner, side 2

I made this from a single white dinner napkin I had floating around my linen shelf (I have no idea where it came from), using Sublime Stitching's Kurt Halsey artist's series pattern.

Bread Basket Liner, side 2 (detail)

Here's the other side:

Bread Basket Liner, side 1

Details of the little bee/fairy critters:

Bread Basket Liner, side 1 (detail)

Modeling it is a batch of Irish soda bread I whipped up for this year's St. Pat's dinner. I look forward to that corned beef dinner the way other folks look forward to their Thanksgiving turkey.

While I'm here, I also want to share the reason the weather has been so nice here: I finally finished my first ever, honest-to-god knitting project...a scarf for my husband.

My first scarf

Completed JUST in time for the warm weather!

I'm quite proud of this scarf. I love how the variegated yarn brought out a triangular/stripes pattern. Adam is also especially excited, since he admitted he'd never owned a scarf before. I'm looking forward to seeing him wear it come June ('cause it's true: coldest winter ever is a San Francisco summer).

Now, off to go see Watchmen as part of husband's long weekend of birthday festivities. He turns 30 tomorrow! Movies, gaming, and a trip to our favorite microbrewery, Triple Rock. It's good having four days off in a row. I can't think of a better present for him.


Knit - R - Done said...

Adorable stitches.

Rachel said...

Oh wow, that napkin looks FANTASTIC! Your stitches are really neat & the pattern is too cute :)

Congrats on your first knitting project too! I know my first scarf didn't look nearly this good :)

Kimberley said...

*squee* I love the napkin so much !

Sherezada said...

Thank you, all! It mades me all excited to make/buy bread goodies so I can use it! ;)