Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Everything is blooming most recklessly;              
if it were voices instead of colors, there
would be an unbelievable shrieking into
the heart of the night. 

~Rainer Maria Rilke

 The skies have been
sunny and blue,
with temperatures
not at all like they
should be for January,
 and while I never know
how to dress, wondering
is it hot or cold today,
 it seems  that the plants
in my yard are just as confused,
and think that it's time
to awake and bloom.
 Along with flowers opening
everywhere, baby shower
announcements are arriving in
the mail, mostly from the young
people my babies grew up along
side.  [I know, I can't believe it
 So I set aside my Pi Shawl,
and cast on a Simple new born hat
designed by our hostess, Ginny.
This is my all time favorite baby
hat, so sweet and perfect for new
souls just in the world.
 My Amazon order just
arrived so I will be digging
into my copy of Making Home
in my never ending quest to
be self sufficient.

Is there something fun on
your needles?

Joining Ginny for this week's
Yarn Along.


  1. oh so sweet tracey! and so lucky to have new babies to knit for! our temperatures have been cold, but this morning i found dafodils in bloom! happy knitting my friend!

  2. i just love knitting for babies. <3 that hat is very sweet, i might have to give that one a go. i would love a review on that book, it looks really good. :)

  3. Love the colour of magnolias - oh that baby hat is just perfect.

  4. and now I have to check out that book...I cannot believe that things are blooming down there! Crazy weather. Love the wee baby hat :)

  5. Oh this weather is so topsy turvy of late. A new born hat is just what I need for my nieces first baby. So cute.

  6. Your post made me smile. And I have added your book to my wish list, thanks!

    PS My parents arrived yesterday and they were very happy with the temperature :)

  7. That book looks like something I would LOVE to read! And yes, the baby shower invites seem to be filling up my mailbox. Tis the season??? lol. The little newborn cap is delightful!

  8. looks like my kind of's on the 'list'!!! cute little baby hat, too!! I have a couple summer babies to knit for; i really should get busy, too. (a reminder is always good!!!)

  9. Our Japanese Magnolia bloomed a week ago. Nearly all the petals have fallen (ours are white on the inside - this is the only snow we get!) and green leaves appear almost overnight.

    My birthday present from B should be getting here today. I'm so excited! It almost makes up for my total failure at casting on that lace shawl last night. (:

  10. I am looking forward to flowers! But, they are a long ways off :-) I hope you enjoy Making Home, I thought it was really very interesting and thought provoking!

  11. So much to like here... The Magnolia blooms look so pretty, the knitting is precious and the book looks very interesting.

  12. That books sounds fascinating. I've added it to my list. I'll have to live vicariously through your posts of flowers. We got snow again yesterday. Not that I'm complaining...we need the moisture!

  13. look at your magnolias!!!

    you always make me homesick in the best possible way!

    the hat is darling!

    have a lovely, my dear!

  14. Beautiful images today Tracey...the magnolias are so lovely- can't belive they are in bloom! I bet this will be a well loved little hat- so very sweet.

  15. I loved your post! Yes, the weather here in western Virginia is acting strangely also. My kids were playing in the creek yesterday! I also loved the look of that book. Thanks for sharing.

  16. What amazing colours. Congratulations it's fun to make tiny things. Your book sounds interesting the Homemade Pantry 101 looks good too.
    Enjoy the sunshine.

  17. our japanese magnolias have been in bloom for several weeks. azaleas too. it's too early!

  18. The hat is adorable. Let me know what you think of the book. It looks really interesting.

  19. Oh my goodness the same thing is happening in our neighborhood with the trees too! Even with the frigid cold snap we had last week. Poor trees! I love the baby hat. So sweet!! It looks so nice and soft.

  20. Enjoy knitting the hat - it will be gorgeous! Also, thanks for sharing Ginny's pattern. I hadn't seen that one before!

  21. Ooooo! Baby stuff makes me feel all squishy. :-)

  22. I love newborn knits. Sadly, this does not seem like the year for babies around here (everyone had wee ones last year!).

  23. It's so trippy to see the next generation sprouted and being born. You realize how time has passed and how people have evolved. White is so classic. This will be a cute hat.