I think February must be the greyest month of all and the one in which summer seems most distant. Like most of the UK we've had far too many grey skies of late, sometimes a light silvery grey but mostly dark, brooding and full of rain. We have been very lucky though and are not affected by the flooding but I know some who are and I hope for all those affected that we see a big change in the weather very soon.
Here inside is warm and bright but I've still been drawn to greyness and have been working on lots of February coloured woolly things...
... a recently started shawl
Pattern: Dream Stripes, by Cailliau Berangere
Yarn: SofTrope soft singles in 'netsuke' and 'raku' bought from Meadow Yarn
... a finished scarf
(details of pattern and yarn here) It really needs a proper blocking to bring out the delicacy of the pattern but I've been a bit too lazy and am already wearing it. It's like a soft cloud and despite my numerous mistakes (mis-counting stitches etc) I'm really pleased with it.
I have also been quietly but industriously working on a new pattern for a grey animal, I'm sure you can guess which one ;)
I'll keep the blog updated with details as soon as it's ready to share
At least the mood here is no longer greyish and I'm feeling far more positive than I did at the start of the year - thank you all so much for your good wishes and kind messages about my eyes. At the moment they are stable and I'm just waiting for an appointment to have some further inner eye images taken. Hopefully the results will be fine and I can just go onto regular monitoring appointments and no further problems will develop.
There is also happiness at finding colour in unexpected places. This beautiful small tortoiseshell butterfly is currently hibernating in the corner of my windowsill. On the greyest days he looks lifeless and still but when the sun comes out he crawls up the window for a spot of sunbathing.
Hopefully he can make it through the rest of the winter and when the weather turns warmer I'll be able to open up the window for him to fly away.
I hope there is a little colour and happiness in your days right now, will you be pleased to see the back of this winter?
wishing you all the best for Valentines day, see you soon, J xxx