Sick of this Endless Winter!

IMG_3319This picture was taken last Sunday, on a walk by the lakeside. Despite the cute model, the landscape around her really seems somewhat on the bleak side, right? Well, that would be because it is.

OK, snowdrops. There are snowdrops, and there is wild garlic – we went for that walk scavenging, because the place is positively covered in it, and it seemed to good to waste.

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You think this looks like grass? You’re worried that my judgement’s clouded by vitamin D deficiency and scurvy? You may be on to something there. But this is still actually that magically, slightly garlicky, tender little harbinger of the lately elusive creature called spring.

Wild garlic is great for making flavored butter or cream cheese, for adding to a Béchamel-type sauce, chopped and added to scrambled eggs, or even as a sandwich topping. It gave my little squirrel something to do as we walked. It’s been weeks since we took a longer walk, and years since we last visited that particular spot on Wannsee. Even in subdued color, it was beautiful to take in the water, the shore, the tall beech trees and the ducks doing their thing by the water. It put a smile on my face, and yes, I’m absolutely wearing a down coat. It was f…ing freezing.

So what do you do when you’re starved for color, and sunshine, and warmth? My best practice strategy, unsurprisingly, is to make something bright and beautiful.

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In my last post, I wrote about the Dotty Crochet Blanket I was going to make for my daughter. Here’s the beginning. I made quite a few round polka dot centers in all the colors I could find in my stash, and then I fussed a bit with what came next. There was a bit of trial and error, as there will be when you insist on doing your own design, but finally I was happy doing this: Two rounds of bobble stitch and DC clusters (polka dot), then one round of SC in off-white to give it a nice edging, followed by the three rounds of Granny Square clusters in off-white you can see. There. I’m really excited :-). It’s going to be so pretty, and it looks a lot like spring to me also :-). In short, it makes me happy!

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Now my husband, being more the gardening than the crafts type, has taken it upon himself to grow his own seedlings. What you can see there is zucchini, I believe, and something else I’ve forgotten, very promising :-), and also a valid strategy for battling end of winter depression.

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And then I met the Easter Bunny, look, standing in front of the chocolate shop on the corner, looking friendly, serious and competent – as he should.

There will be more soon on the Dotty Blanket front, hopefully some spring pics and a new recipe I’ll need to write up before I forget how good it was: marshmallow muffins, yeah!!!

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