Spring has finally arrived in Connecticut. I was working in my little garden plot, trying to get it cleaned up and ready to plant some seedlings. Spying what I thought was a dead bird, I bent down to take a closer look. "Poor little thing", I thought, "I'm going to have to find a spot and bury him." I bent down further to investigate. Not a bird and definitely not dead. A tiny bunny, trying to make himself invisible in the weeds that I was about to dig out. I reached down and picked him up. He didn't care for that idea, and squealed and cried like the baby he was. Wiggling himself out of my grasp, he took off through the holes in my wire fence and headed for the neighbor's yard. I have no doubt that he thought he was in the safest place on the property.
That was actually pretty perceptive of the little guy. I'd neglected the vegetable patch since last fall and the dog can't get in there. But now the rabbits think it's theirs. Which puts all of the seedlings I bought today in jeopardy the moment they get tucked in. So now what? Do I put landscape cloth and mulch all over the garden and grow vegetables in pots? I can't seem to locate straw bales for a straw bale garden. At least not for this season. The rabbits may get the best of me but I'm not going down without a fight.
I knitted the little hoodie sweater for my son's best friend's first baby - little "AJ". The shower was last Sunday. The pattern is "Hooded Cardigan 3898" by Sirdar Spinning using Sirdar Snuggly DK. It wasn't a difficult pattern but the instructions were written by a U.K. company for British knitters. I'm not an expert knitter but have enough experience to be able to get the gist of what the writer was talking about. For example, "commencing with the second row, work one inch of one by one ribbing". After picking up a couple hundred stitches around the fronts and hood, I figured out the direction I had to be going to get the button holes on the "boys side", as if that really matters....Patterns written in the US in 2017 would tell you to work one knit row, then start the ribbing. No matter, it came out fine, because I have many baby sweaters in my rear view mirror. I'm loving the cool blues right now because it's HOT HOT…
The days here in Connecticut are still warm but the nights have cooled. We can still hear the peepers but the night time rhythm of the cicadas has slowed as the temperatures have dropped. Afternoon light has taken on a golden hue. The figs have turned pink on their way to burgundy red. Tomatoes are ripening more slowly and they are warm gold and sweet as honey. I'm working on my first wool applique piece called "Be Thankful" designed by Little Bits by Joan. My son, daughter-in-law and two of my grandkids are at Disney World in Florida riding out Hurricane Irma. I will be extremely thankful when they're home safe and sound.