It has been gloriously sunny here in Revelstoke for the past week or so. After a winter of bundling up, our warm coats are leaving us looking like we’re hanging out in a sauna! I saw someone walking around in shorts, a long sleeved t-shirt, and winter boots on yesterday and thought, “only in Canada”. In the grand scheme of things it’s still chilly out. I looked yesterday and saw a few very brave little shoots peeping tentatively through the soil to make sure it’s safe to emerge. “Yes, little sprouts: I will be your personal cheerleader! Grow, GROW! “(Insert silly GIF here. LOL)
This time of year can be tough. Besides the time change messing with our inner clocks: don’t get me started on that. (I might just be a time-change-abolitionist.) March is great when it’s sunny, mind you. But yeah. As the snow melts we get to see how much sand has accumulated over the winter. Victoria Road is a very busy street and since we are located right across from the CP rail yard, we tend to get even more dust and dirt floating around our patch of Revy. The snow piles along the street look like they might be gravel piles for how filthy they are. (No pure white Olaf style snowmen dancing around here, singing about summer. Imagine Olaf as a chimney sweep and you’ll have the right idea.)
When I went out this morning to take a few photos I was impressed with the gritty perseverance of my perennial bed. Granted, it’s a bit patchy. But it’s also very early for anything to be green here. I love my perennial plants. They are bad-ass! They laugh in the face of frozen dirt and short days. As you can see in the photo, everything is just plain old dirty. And we won’t be able to do much about it until the snow is all melted. And once it’s melted, everything will be power washed and raked and cleaned up. But for now, we will just celebrate the sunshine and blue skies. Knowing our weather here, those will turn to rain and gloom soon enough. But you know, I won’t feel bad about that. The rain washes away the last of the snow. That my friends is a beautiful thing.
Last fall I planted at least a couple hundred new bulbs in the flower bed along the sidewalk. I think it was somewhere between two and three hundred bulbs. All different tulips, daffodils, crocuses and snowdrops. My soul is thirsting for some springtime flowers… and I’m not talking about those forced pots of crocuses in the grocery store. No. I’m talking about the flowers that earned their right to bloom in early April. So, if you are here in Revy, you will likely see me out checking the flower beds every morning, rain or shine, willing those flowers to rise up and bloom in all their splendor and glory!
I hear that the vernal equinox was on March 20th. So, were we supposed to go out and dance under the moon or something? I didn’t get a memo about it so I decided to knit instead. As I was knitting I realized I might have made a mistake in my blog about Sock Madness. I think I referred to what is in fact the qualifying round as round one. Consider that error corrected here. Since then, I completed a full qualifying sock and received my status as a Sock Madness Cheerleader! Yay me! I then completed sock 2 of the warm up round. Here is a photo of the completed pair:
I managed to get the cuff of the second qualifying-round sock done, but that’s as far as I am. I am not getting as much knitting done this year as I did last year. I’ve been busy doing a lot of paperwork, which is okay too. I really don’t mind it. I have another weeks’ worth of office work to get finished up and then my evenings will start opening up for more knitting again. I’m so glad.
I would like to dust off my Alecia Beth cardigan and get it finished this spring so I can actually wear it come May. And it makes me antsy to have so many pairs of socks on the go. I still haven’t completed the gradient red ones (the ones that I didn’t read the pattern for), the Dirndl socks, a pair of “Scandic” vanilla socks and the qualifiers. That’s 4 pairs on the go, and the pattern for the actual first round of Sock Madness dropped last night. It’s a great looking sock and I want to knit it too. I don’t generally like to have more than two pairs of socks going at a time so it’s irritating me. You know what I mean? I also have a “Close to You” shawl on the go. I’m knitting that in Mohair for my sister. (She graciously gave me a whole bunch of gorgeous pairs of leather boots when she moved last summer. This is my thank you to her.) My hope was to have it done in time for her birthday, but that is on April 5th, so unless I make that my new top priority (which, if I were a perfect sister, I would) it ain’t happening. Meh, it’s not like world peace is hanging on my capacity to complete my knitting on any particular timeline. Oh, Lordy! It’s a very good thing that world peace isn’t hanging on my capacity to complete my knitting in a timely fashion! We would all be doomed! Just sayin’.
I guess what I’m saying is that while the great outdoors is hovering between winter and actual, real, bonafide, genuine, true, beautiful, warm, lovely, green spring, I can take this opportunity to get some knitting done. Woohoo! When the time comes the battle will be choosing between gardening and knitting. That is a tough call. They are both pretty fantastic.