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Spring is officially here, though it hardly feels like it.  It snowed a little bit on Sunday and I have yet to leave the apartment in the morning without a scarf, a hat, and my rain jacket.  I wish I could leave the house with some mittens on, but alas, I have but a lone mitt due to a tragic accident in Japan.  Oh, and I have these:

A gift from my mom a couple of winters ago.  Yes, they squeak, which makes it hard for people to take me seriously when I try to fist bump them.  Then again, how you’re supposed to take anyone seriously when presented with a bro fist, is beyond me.  Mom, I love these mittens.  I still wear them on occasion (just ask any of my friends), but a girl’s gotta have options.  I know you’ll understand.

Besides, if I’m going to don handmade scarves and hats, I might as well put on some handknit mitts.   It’s really the only way to go here.  How appropriate is this pattern for Spring mittens?  Oh how I love pretty colorwork on itty bitty wooden needles.  Something about it makes me feel so prim and proper; all my flowers standing neatly in their rows.

Look at the colors!  Look at the flowers!  It screams SPRING!!  With these mittens on, I’ll surely be able to look past the cold wind, grey skies, and occasional snow bursts and welcome Spring with warm hands.

Oh and by the way, yesterday was Persian New Years.  Happy Norouz!  If you have any Persian friends, wish them a happy new year.  They will like it and they will like you.  Maybe they will offer you some baklava.  I would offer you some baklava, if I didn’t intend to eat the whole pan by myself.  There is no shame in this.

How are you going to welcome this Spring?  Work in the garden?  Clean your home?  Pay your taxes?  Knit some colorful mittens?

For those of you unaware of my genetic makeup: I’m part Persian, so when March 20th rolls around, not only does it mean that it’s officially Spring, but it’s also Persian New Year’s.  Granted, I’m a day late, but I just wanted to say Happy New Year’s, everyone!  As I’m closing a major chapter in my life, I feel like it’s so appropriate that it’s at a time where I should focus on new beginnings.  So I got my ass out of bed, made some baklava and bought a couple of hyacinths.

This last week, I’ve been a hot mess.  I need to find a new place to live, I need to find a new job, I need to file my taxes, I need to sort and upload photos from our trip to Argentina, I need to go to the gym.  It all seems like pretty basic stuff, but I feel overwhelmed.  Today, I’d like to take a step back and focus on simple things.

For the last two year’s, J’s mom has given us an amaryllis bulb for Christmas.  The first amaryllis never bloomed.  And as the months have gone by, I had given up on this one, especially since J’s mom and both his sisters sent pictures of their amaryllis in full bloom a couple of months ago.  I should really know by now that nothing is really what you expect it to be:

My amaryllis may be a late bloomer (literally), but it is blooming despite the fact that it lives in Seattle.  That’s gotta count for something, right?

But let’s stop talking about plants, because this is a knitting blog, after all.  I began knitting with the yarn I purchased from Sweet Georgia.  It makes my insides melt;  It’s soft and silky, the color is perfect for spring knitting, and it’s a real pleasure to knit with.  Lace knitting is easy when you’re working with size 4 needles and DK weight yarn.

The pattern for the shawl is Haruni (sorry for the Ravelry link) by Emily Ross.  It works up quickly and the pattern repeat is simple enough to remember.  I can’t wait to see the finished product!

What are your Spring knitting projects?

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