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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