This blanket has been on hold for a bit... I ran out of my supply of white yarn. The store I originally bought it from no longer carries it, but the owner did give me the name and company the yarn was from. I tried white yarns from two shops, ordered a few skeins online and ordered the same yarn from the original company, but none of it matched. Whites and yarns can be so different... it's amazing. Someone suggested trying to find the exact dye lot through Ravelry, but I'm too impatient. And doubtful. So, I've picked the best match and will keep the blanket out of direct sunlight. Just don't look too closely when you come for a visit.
And I started a new watercolor project that's been rumbling around in my head for a bit. Hoping to spell out the entire alphabet with sea creatures and mermaids, of course.
I've been admiring the red buds and thinking about my mom.
I needed to take a crochet project on our trip to Florida. The two remaining blankets [this one and this one] are too large to pack, especially in a backpack as carry-on luggage. And I've been thinking about and dreaming about the pretty pinks in the blanket that an Instagram friend has been making on the other side of the world in England. And so inspired by her, I grabbed a few shades of pink and a yellow and packed them for the plane trip. I'm so glad. Crocheting is so much more calming and easy to do on the airplane than reading, I've decided. There's no need to block out all the chatter and escapades going on in the seats around me when crocheting. And I felt less tired when we landed. Surprisingly, it even worked out on the beach, when I wasn't running around building sand castles and chasing barnacles.
I'm trying to use lots of patterns and maybe even different sized-squares. I think I need a good crochet book. I might try this one: Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts: Lacy Crochet. Can anyone recommend a good crochet book that they like?
And I plan to make this a small blanket, maybe Klaus-sized. The kids can use it for dolls and hedgehogs. My son actually requested a blanket for his hedgehog. He also wants a very small tent. I'm feeling the itch to pull out the sewing machine. I even ordered some fabric yesterday. I'm so bad. It's really cute, though. One of my favorite crafty and creative bloggers Merrilee of Mer Mag designed it. She's such a good artist. I love, love the bunnies. I hope she starts designing more fabric. I hope I start designing fabric. It's on my list of things to do, you know.
We're home. Settling in. Laundry. Children back in school. Experienced the most horrific preschool drop off this morning. I won't go into details, but my ears are still ringing. I'll be picking that little boy up in a few minutes and he'll be happy to settle in at home with me. In the meantime, I'll be sharing more beach photos. Let's pretend we're still at the beach.
We are on a mission to find the best beach in the Fort Lauderdale area... we've visited three so far. Of course, this is probably the busiest time of year to be here—St. Patrick's Day and Spring Break. But so far we've encountered crazy, scary traffic, tough parking in underground garages, huge crowds and lots of trash. It's hard to believe in this day and age how many people just leave their trash in the sand. The kids are still having lots of fun navigating with their parents through this crazy beach town. I'm sure there must be clean, nature beaches somewhere nearby? Maybe?
The reason I'm a bit worried about missing out on the spring blossoms is that I knew that we'd be away for spring break. You would think this wouldn't be a problem in March. I assumed that it would be cold with a chance of snow, and therefore a visit to my in-laws in Florida would be the perfect plan. And it is a wonderful plan. Really. But I feel a bit anxious knowing that the magnolia blossoms are already falling to the ground, and that's it... one of the my most favorite events is over for the year.
But really there's no reason to be sad. We're having a great time in Florida. It's hot here. I've been sitting around typing away on my laptop with my feet propped up as often as possible.
So far, we've visited the beach a couple times, enjoyed the blue, blue pool and gone for a quick morning hike in the closest swamp forest.
I love going on nature walks in Florida. Each time we travel south I try to visit the closet spring or sanctuary. I love the twisting old trees covered in Spanish moss. I try to avoid the enormous spiders. I love the thrill of the possibility of an alligator sighting. I love that the forest and the trails are so different from the woods near my home.
This particular swampish hike took place in Fern Forest Nature Center. It's free and seemed mostly deserted. And the trees were filled with butterflies. I highly recommend it.