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March 5, 2007 at 4:10 pm | Posted in baby, country living, family, free knitting patterns, gifts, knitting, knitting for babies, love, marriage, photography, yarn | 13 Comments

Fireflys Hand Knit Spring HatI thought I heard a baby bird chirping outside my upstairs office window, but I was wrong. It is a windy, blustery day and there must be a piece of metal scraping or something that is making the little sound.

Many birds are out and about these days, however. We continue to get more snow, but there are warmer days in between when some melting occurs so the birds are getting ready for spring. It was very noticable when, one snowy morning as I walked around shooting photos, I heard birds singing everywhere. For weeks, no birds calling, then suddenly there are so many.

This morning as I had my tea and breakfast, knitting for a bit in the livingroom, dark morning became early dawn and I realized it was snowing quite hard outside. Now the snow has stopped and is replaced by strong gusts of wind. I hear the roar come and go through the trees around our home, and against the house.

I am knitting my spring hat now, and it is nearly complete. Later in the week I’ll tell you more about the yarn I am using. As a matter of fact, it is one of the yarns I will have available in the new Yarn Shop I’m building at the I Live on a Farm website. The Yarn Shop will be open later this week, I’m just a wee bit too tired to get it all completed today.

I completed two paintings this weeked: one was the boathouse painting I displayed a few weeks ago. I had a few more details to put in on the boat in the painting, so I did that and will be shipping the painting off to my son this week. The other completed painting is a gray scale study I did of a rhododendron flower. I worked from a photograph I shot last May of a one of several rhododendrons I found growing in our yard all of a sudden one morning not long after I first came to live on the farm.

I had never seen rhododendrons before, and was amazed how the nine-inch span of the glorious pink flowers. If you would like to see the painting, I have a separate blog dedicated to my paintings and you can view it there.

As promised, I am publishing the patterns for the baby gift bag set this morning. My time this morning is very limited, so I will have to provide more info later in the week regarding the source for the baby soap and rubber duckie.

I’ll catch up with you a bit later in the week. Meanwhile, hope you have wonderful day,



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  1. Great work firefly! I checked out the new blog. Great to see all those pictures. I love the ‘Picnic in the Virgin Islands’ painting. The colors are so vivid!


  2. Firefly-

    I love the color of that yarn. Your photography is so beautiful.



  3. I also checked out your painting blog! They are wonderful – you are a talented lady!
    I love the colours in your new spring hat. I lived on the East Coast of Canada – and I can remember needing a spring hat! Those winds in spring can be coooooooooooll!

  4. I found your site today and was poking around in the archives and saw that you are giving caffeine a miss. One of my favourite sources for tea (besides my local Worldly Goods store) is Stash Tea

    (I hope the html worked)

  5. So pretty~ I love the gift bag also.
    I knit some but whenit comes to doing a pattern in it, I have trouble.
    Patty H>

  6. The bag and wash cloths are lovely. I hope your Yarn Store goes well and that you find more time in the day!

  7. I love the color and style of your hat, very pretty! And I looked at your paintings, wow firefly, they’re gorgeous! Now I see what’s keeping you so busy! oxox

  8. Sending you some good wishes, since I feel like yesterday was not the best day on your books. I hope you feel better! Thanks for the patterns!

  9. Your spring hat looks lovely and your paintings are amazing.

  10. I think all the birds are over here! It was quite warm here in Portland (Oregon) and the birds were out in force this morning. You have all the lovely snow, I have spring out in force.

  11. Thank you for the gift bag and washcloth patterns, they are perfect for the baby gift knitting I want to do.

  12. Nice patterns, blog, and web sites! Just a suggestion: can you make your links open in the same window instead of a new one when you’re surfing around in one site? I ended up with a bunch of windows open. It makes sense (to me, anyway) to open a new window for a new site (like blog to painting), but not for another page (like pattern to list of patterns).

  13. You are definitely a woman of many, many talents – your paintings are just beautiful and I have knitters envy for many of your projects!! I can at least aspire to make things as cute and beautiful as much of your projects!

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