Looks tranquil, doesn't it? I spent a moment admiring the lilac when I first stepped outside this morning. Then, after gazing at the clouds and sky, a brown lump on the lawn to the left of the lilac caught my eye. A pile of dirt? A stack of matted dried leaves? As I stepped toward it, I discovered, to my horror
a headless brown bunny rabbit, with one foot lying six inches from the body and the bowels spilled out onto the grass (a graphic description, but, for heaven's sake, you all have seen and heard worse on CSI and Law and Order!).
Mother Nature often seems a cruel kind of gal but I guess it is the natural order of things, the law of the jungle/forest. We have owls in the woodland around us and one Barn Owl in particular has lately been hooting loudly, day and night. I am hoping the bunny fell victim to the nighttime hunting skills of this local barn owl. And not a coyote. Oh, please, Mother Nature, not a coyote! And I hope decapitation was swift.
I suppose the presence of a corpse on the property will lower the real estate values around here. These houses up back are empty at present and I was really counting on summer rentals.
are, in a manner of speaking, collaborating on a great project - Isolda Teague's Strokkur pullover.
My darling daughters gave me the Létt-Lopi Icelandic yarn as a gift. Last year, Golden Girl gave me, as well, Amy Herzog's book on how to choose the style and size of sweater to best suit the individual knitter. I have used it to take my measurements, reflect on positive and negative ease, and decide on the sweater size.
I have always been a great fan of Isolda Teague's designs. Her Ishbel was my first experience with lace knitting. Her patterns are very well written and cover quite a range of garments for both children and adults.
This pullover is seamless and knit from the bottom up on a circular needle. After doing so many socks with thin fingering weight sock yarn, the Strokkur, in an aran weight, seems to be progressing at positively breakneck speed!
I am anxious to finish it off before the really hot weather arrives (if it does!) as rustic Icelandic yarn is the last thing I will want to work with on a sticky, hot summer's day. I am also propelled along by the memory of the brutally cold winter that we have finally managed to put behind us. I will be ready for the next one.