A Rambling Tuesday ~ 27 May 2014

Sort of a ramble today ~ Lots of pictures.

I received my craft swap today! A beautiful scarf hand-spun & dyed & knitted by a graduate student in my department. It’s soooo soft! Did I say it was BEAUTIFUL? 🙂 Will be getting out my Scottish Thistle pins! In exchange for the scarf, I made the lap quilt in the previous post.

Hand-spun/dyed/knitted - merino wool and silk

Hand-spun/dyed/knitted – merino wool and silk

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We stopped by Boca (near the train tracks and Truckee River) on the way home from spending the day up near Hobart Mills.

Old trestle bridge over the Truckee River at Boca.

Old trestle bridge over the Truckee River at Boca.

VERY old lilac bushes where there once was a house…Boca (near old bridge).

VERY old lilac bushes where there once was a house…Boca (near old bridge).

Old apple trees to go with the lilacs.

Old apple trees to go with the lilacs.

Lupine along the Little Truckee river at Boca.

Lupine along the Little Truckee river at Boca.

It’s been warming up here in Reno/Sparks…and being upstairs just makes it hotter. This was Leo yesterday (with windows open and fan on) while I was piecing mini quilts.

Leo (Bengal Tabby Monster)

Leo (Bengal Tabby Monster)

Using Jeni Baker’s Nordika I made up a bunch of 1.25″ (finished size) HST’s…making a few mini quilts…and I do mean MINI…will be approximately 8″. The three on the left are finished, still working on the right two. Then will need to quilt and bind.

Nordika HST Mini Quilts.

Nordika HST Mini Quilts.

Signs of Spring in Northern Nevada

Northern Nevada’s weather is just plain crazy! You’d think after living here for 32 years I’d get use to it…but we went from 69F on Monday to a 36F snowy and windy Tuesday! One day and a 33 degree temp change…can we say SINUS KILLER?!

On a good note ~

Hello my sweet new lilac growth! I can’t wait for you to be full of green leaves and pretty flowers! I’m sure the bees are dreaming sweet thoughts of you in their cozy wee homes.

Hello Mr. Daffy! You still look a bit sleepy, I can’t wait to see your happy, sunny face!

My basil has grown enough to be divided….

I transplanted them up to their first real leaves. Will have to remember to start pinching off the tops to induce bushy plant growth.

So Flippin’ Ready for Spring

Big sigh…

Since my bulbs are only 2″ high at the moment ~ thought I’d post pictures of some of my yard’s flowers from last year.  I can’t wait to get my hands into the soil again!  I was pulling some weeds out around my iris’ and about froze my fingers off ~ the soil was warm for the first inch or so, but VERY COLD after that.  But I noticed the crocus, daffies, lupine, poppies, mums, iris, and tulips were all starting to sprout new growth.

Calfornia Poppies Delphiniums

Columbine Thistle

Wee Sunflower Big Sunflower

Lilacs Peony

Old English Rose Lupine