May columbine phlox

For my dad's birthday every year, we join him and my mom at their home in the country to hike, hunt wild food and enjoy a delicious meal (with my mom's famous yet low-fat chocolate cake). This time of year in this place always makes me feel so happy to live in Wisconsin.

May cottage 

Stairs down to their home; my dad, brother and I laid these stones when they first built the house.

May showy orchis
My mom's favorite spring wildflower, the Showy Orchis.

May hammock
Every time we visit, it's such a joy to leave our home and usual worries and habits behind.

May ferns
In knitting news, I'm working away on my Pavonia, but had to frog the first attempt. Not a lot to show yet, and I need to knit on it while looking at the chart, so it's going slowly, but promises to be so pretty when its done that I'm willing to take the time it needs. 

This week, I finally decided to frog a beloved project that I'm sure many of you will recognize:

May noro scarf
A two-color Noro Scarf,  the famous version from Brooklyntweed. A little-known fact: Jared was so generous as to allow us to reprint his blog post and photos in the very first Knitcircus! Because it was so kind, I excitedly found the Noro skeins in my stash and cast on…as the knitting progressed, however, it didn't look as I'd imagined, or like Jared's lovely scarf.

Once when I was little, we were celebrating Easter at my grandmother's house, and I had my basket in hand. Everyone was busy in the kitchen, and there was a small bowl of olives on the coffee table. "I love olives," thought I, "and I love jellybeans." A sudden inspiration struck, and I picked out a red jellybean and carefully placed it inside the olive. Well, I loved both of those things, but after some sputtering, decided that combining them did not multiply their enjoyment.

These skeins of Noro are like jelly beans and olives, so now are back in their original skeins, to savor their distinct falvors.

May curvaceous
This project accompanies me everywhere, one of those delightful patterns that appear more complicated than they are. It's the Curvaceous Scarf, by designer Jane Prater, whose work I'm very excited to feature in the upcoming Fall Knitcircus.

For the other color, it too will be a scarf, this one of the fun yet fiddly variety. Monday I was lucky to be able to take an Entrelac class at the Sow's Ear;  I had written it on my calendar for seven o'clock, and had looked forward to that all day, so imagine my surptrise when it turned out to have started at six. Sigh. But thanks to Teacher Liz, I still made my way through the beginnings of an Enrelac scarf!

May entrelac

These colors, though, look a bit too earthy for pretty much anyone in my family (we're colorful characters?!), so hopefully I'll be able to reproduce the techniques with these:

May entrelac skeins

Next week, when I make sure to get there on time, we'll be learning to knit backwards! Yay.

Tune in tomorrow when I get to post the final stop on the Woolly Blog Tour.

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