Yes it’s March – does that mean Spring is here? Not exactly but it has been much warmer than normal for us and the snow (except for ice piles in the shade) melted earlier this week. The red winged black birds are returning and there’s rumors that there have been robins spotted but I haven’t seen any robins and they really should hang out somewhere warmer for a bit longer before coming back to Wisconsin if they are wise.
And I discovered Spring in the grocery store today — the price of fresh asparagus, my most favorite vegetable — finally came down to a still expensive price but one I was willing to pay. So check out this bowl of soup –
Okay – not the most attractive photo but it was delicious. Creamless Cream of Asparagus Soup. I came across the recipe earlier this morning so made sure to add the rest of the ingredients to my grocery list. Super quick and easy to make, very healthy since there’s no cream in it and I think its very good. I never have cream in the house and rarely milk and if I have asparagus, then the rest of the ingredients are pretty much staples that I normally have here. The recipe is from the website aheadofthyme.com and I definitely need to go back and check out the other recipes on that site. I had a bit for a late lunch today (when I did the taste test after pureeing I simply had to have a bit) and then I’ve divied up the rest in little plastic containers so I can have a bit of soup with a salad for lunch at work next week or stick some in the freezer.
I need to get off the computer and go do some cleaning but I’ll leave you with a few in-progress shots of my knitting
Kidsilk haze and Merino lace project is coming along slowly — those skinny yarns! — but surely. I’m just making up the sections of each yarn as I go along. I think I’ve decided I will turn this into a cowl because (1) to knit all the length of a scarf in these lace yarns would be so very boring and (2) I think it will make a lovely light cowl and not stretch out of shape link the hanging down ends of a scarf might.
Another pair of fingerless mitts with my Ariel Sparkle yarn (it has silver sparkly bits in it that aren’t showing up in my photo. I made the lacy cuff double long so I could add more beads to it.
I don’t have a photo but nearly finished another scarf which I should have on the blocking boards tomorrow – just a few rows left before I’ll run out of yarn.
And I’ve been swatching a stitch pattern that I want to use along the bottom of an A-line, cardi that just has a 3 or 5 buttons at the top to close it (not buttons all the way down.) The stitch pattern is from a shawl I once made and I always thought it would look good as the hem of a sweater (and I’ll put it the bottom of the sleeves too). I think it will work.
When it’s blocked it will make a zig-zaggy hemline on the sweater.
I’ve also been working on finishing off a sock that has been languishing. I decided to try Magic Loop once more after buying circular needles with longer cord than I had previously tried twice before (and failed before) and I think the longer needle is the key to my success. So far so good I think and it’s easier to use this method on the bus (than possibly dropping one of my doublepoints never to be found on the bus floor or breaking one when getting in and out of my bag) but most importantly – so far it seems much easier on my hands since the double points had been making my hands hurt – must hold them differently or something. Time will tell if I have really mastered it or not.