Walking in the Woods – The Cure for Learning Curves and other Life Bumps

Low hanging ornamental plum blossoms. Beautiful against the blue sky.

Low hanging ornamental plum blossoms. Beautiful against the blue sky.

It has been a year – OK only three and a half months – but it feels like a year – of changes and they just keep on coming.  Changes in my children’s lives, changes in my friends lives and a dose of Spring Fever that is leaving me feeling restless! The best cure for restlessness is a walk in the woods.

Shaded wooded path at the Canyon

Shaded wooded path at the Canyon

My mind is abuzz with design idea’s and never enough time to create them all!  I am getting better at writing without knitting first – but that is slow and does not satisfy my creativity as much as the knitting itself.  The best cure for frustration is a walk in the woods.

Curly (Fawn) Liles carpet the old mossy road in the woods.

Curly (Fawn) Liles carpet the old mossy road in the woods.

I wanted to do some work on my blog site – learning curves bit back!  The only way to ease learning curves is a walk in the woods.

Woodland reflections in the flowing waters.

Woodland reflections in the flowing waters.

Not as much time for walking it seems as well!  Though that is going back to normal!  Between, visitors, a miserable cold and equally miserable weather – there was not much walking going on.  The best cure for not walking in the woods is walking in the woods.

A Spotted Towhee, entertainment while walking in the woods.

A Spotted Towhee, entertainment while walking in the woods.

But visitors are gone, cold is gone, weather is improving and life is going back to “normal” or what ever that is for me!  I am walking in the woods.

Reward for walking in the woods

Reward for walking in the woods

IMG_9154 (730x1024)Trilliums are just starting in the woods. Curly (Fawn) Liles, Maple and Dogwood blooms are bountiful right now in the woods.  As are Yellow Violets and a few unknown (to me) blooms.  The triple lobed leaf of the Trillium is pushing up all over the ground, following behind the Lilies.

It is Spring in the woods.

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Crown details

Crown details

Ode to….

I have just released a pattern onto Ravelry, Ode to….  A classic, slightly slouchy colourwork toque.  The green sample was knit with Cascade 220 Superwash Sport and the grey sample was knit with Buffalo Wool Co Buffalo Skies.

It will be free until Wednesday 7:00 am Pacific.

For Aunty Evie and other Logan Fans – Logan in the Jolly Jumper.  Playing with a baby helps to keep one sane and happy.  Who could not smile at a happy baby?!

Walking in the Woods – is the grounding I need to keep sane and creative.  How do you ground yourself?

Happy Viewing

Lynette

 

 

 

 

 

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Renewal

Rest, Relax and Renew

Happy Contemplation

Lynette

At the Canyon Side Channel

At the Canyon Side Channel

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Andean Dreams

Andean Dreams Cozies

Andean Dreams Cozies

IMG_8777 (683x1024)I have never been to see the Andes, except in the books I have read.  It is a place that I have dreamed of visiting – Maybe one year.

Until then – I will visit them every time I have tea!

The pattern is up on Ravelry, Andean Dreams Cozy.  It is available at half price until April 7th.

I hope that you like them.

Happy Knitting

Lynette

 

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Sunrises this Week

 

Sunrise earlier this week.

Sunrise earlier this week.

It has been an amazing week of sunrises!  I have been getting up a little earlier to try to get some work done and catching the Sun as it comes up.

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Logan loves to chew on his feet right now.

Logan loves to chew on his feet right now.

Logan and Beth have been visiting and have put me a little behind on my pattern writing – but I am catching up.

Camelia

Camelia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flowers in the garden have been beautiful as well – especially the Camellia!  Though I have to admit to a particular fondness for the Lion Daisy along the fence.  They are so cheerful and the deer have not noticed them this year!

Cheerful Daisies!

Cheerful Daisies!

Happy Viewing

Lynette

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Photo Shoot Success!

On Saturday Feb 27th Tamera, the camera and I invaded Turley’s Florists and wrecked havoc among the flowers there.  Not Really – but did we have fun!

Look for the patterns to be released over the next few weeks, starting with the release of C.C. Slight tomorrow, March 7th.  I hope that you like what you see.

C. C. Slight looked great amongst the greens.

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Cloisonné Shetland Moebius glowed in the light.

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Furrowed Skies Blanket Vest was ranked number one by the blooms.

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Tulip Fields Forever incited envy with the tulips.

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Cherry Blossom Rain evoked Spring.

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Happy Viewing

Lynette

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After the Rain

The rain poured down all night and first thing in the morning the skies cleared - Crocus's at Morrel Sanctuary.  Rain Dappled.

The rain poured down all night and first thing in the morning the skies cleared – Crocus’s at Morrel Sanctuary. Rain Dappled.

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No More Whispering ….

Hairy Woodpecker at Neck Point.

Hairy Woodpecker at Neck Point.

….. Spring is shouting out loud that it is on the way – around the corner even!  If only the rain would slow down, and let the sun break through!

IMG_6076 (1024x683)There are flowers in the garden, Crocus, Hellebores, Aconite and even the little Iris’s that I planted a couple of years ago are up and glowing purple! There are birds everywhere you look, singing and chirping and announcing that change is on the way.  The colours and noise of Spring is all around us now when we go for our walks.

Spotted Towhee on he path!

Spotted Towhee on he path!

Yes the trees are still bare – but that will change quickly.  There are buds on those trees!

IMG_6424 (1024x940)Even bare the trees can be incredibly beautiful.  This old Garry Oak at the Nanaimo River Estuary stands alone and is an incredible reminder of the complexity of the patterns in the bare branches of the trees.

IMG_6518 (881x1024)The Dried seed pods of the fall are amazing in their complexity of pattern.  The shapes and forms that they create are unique to each pod.

Carpeting the Ground.

Carpeting the Ground.

On a sloping bank in Bowen Park I discovered a feast for the eyes – Snowdrops carpeting the ground.  Pushing up through the roots and around the rocks and between the branches dropped from the trees above these tight, beautiful clumps of Snowdrops are determined to bloom and spread.

A promising spot!

A promising spot!

Waters are high in both Nanaimo and Millstone Rivers.  Their banks are being worn away and massive tree roots are being bared to the sun and the sky!  There are full sized trees caught up in debris catches along the banks as well.  It is fascinating to watch as the world around is changed and reformed by the work of water; whether by the wearing away on the banks of the swift running rivers or by the sudden intense bloom of mushrooms, mosses and lichens in the trees along our pathways.

Fabulous Fungi!

Fabulous Fungi!

My favorite find in the last couple of weeks was this Sharp Shinned Hawk – just hanging out on the Wires above my head.  It just sat and watched as we stopped the car to let me out to take the portrait.  I didn’t get too close, I could see that I was being watched as carefully as I was watching it!

Sharp Shinned Hawk.

Sharp Shinned Hawk.

It is truly an amazing world that we live in.  Each day we watch as the changes unfold to create a new beauty.

Happy Walking

Lynette

 

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