Dream of Spring

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Time of Flowers blog

Oh, hello! I've been here, peeking in on my shady little glade. Frogs are croaking here. Mud is squelching. Winter's muck is being parted by new growth. In our yard, tiny choirs of tiny daffodils (my favorites are called 'Minnow') are starting to pierce the ground and prepare their songs. Our yard is still filled with brown — dead leaves, colorless stems of dead grass, old blooms, withered things — but everywhere below the surface the season is changing.

I come to the change a bit sullenly. Our winter here has been very mild, with almost no rain, and only one (beloved, wonderful) snowstorm. I guess it could always still happen, of course, but it doesn't feel like it will. As you walk around town you smell it — winter daphne. The fragrant harbinger of future blossoms. I do love it. And so it begins. Our plum tree is already dropping its first freckled fairy petals. The spirea begins to swell with its little buds. I have the bedroom window open behind the curtain every night now, and now we listen to the cold night sounds, and the early morning crows. Spring is coming.

I'm happy because I heard back from the distributor (Wichelt) about the discontinued fabric (I unknowingly chose) for this new cross stitch kit and they still have fifty yards in stock, out of which we can make four-hundred kits. I'm seriously thrilled by that number. I thought it would be, like, four. Or three. So I bought the fifty, and it's on its way. Yesterday I also ordered all the floss from DMC, and so it will be on its way soon, too. This will be another design, like First Snow, that will fit into an 8" x 10" ready-made frame. (I'm going to do one for each season, and just this morning I got my idea [pop! right into my head!] for my summer design.) I'll give you more details on this one for spring and will start taking pre-orders probably next week. If there is more interest beyond the four hundred, the manufacturer has agreed to dye more fabric (at, naturally, a higher cost, and with a six-to-eight-week lead time), but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. We've sold 492 First Snow kits of the 600 we originally made, so I'm a bit worried we could go over the 400, if everyone does want to do a series of seasons, and I do want everyone who wants one to be able to get one. With my luck I'll probably sell four kits, total. Well, weeeeeeeeee'll see. Now I'm just rambling. We'll figure it out when we get there, no worries.

My creative mania, as it reduced itself from a rolling boil to a gentle simmer, seemed to also direct its interest (I'm speaking about "it" in the third person because I've lost control and am now disassociating, apparently) toward hand-dyed speckled sock yarn. Exclusively. Only hand-dyed speckled sock yarn. I mean??? This from the woman who has only ever, in twenty years, knit one sock. But, seriously, how pretty are these yarns? And these? Why am I so late in understanding about these? I saw some of them recently at Close Knit and Starlight Knitting Society and Twisted and I walked by them without a backward glance, fixated on All The Solid Colors. Now, just weeks later, I have gone back and bought them, and for fun I literally open my iPad and staaaaaaare at them on-line, all of these freckly wonders, and try to choose between them. I have a pattern picked out for a new Easter-ish sweater for Mimi, and have ordered several other skeins to work into the granny-square blanket, etc. I've bought yarn with sparkles in it. I really never thought I would do that.



Angela Silver says: February 11, 2018 at 12:24 AM

Hi Alicia, I absolutely love this cross stitch and hope I will be lucky enough to get one! Could you please tell me, in your last blog post on Feb 2nd there is a beautiful photo of a punch needle cushion with a rabbit and trees.Did you make this? It's beautiful!

I am sure it will be a race to the finish when you put the kit up for sale.....we are all waiting. I cannot wait to get it and have one for each season. Like Melissa above we have just had our biggest snowfall of the year 12 inches and then another 2-3 last night on top of that. I love each and every one of your posts!

Laura Nelson says: February 11, 2018 at 10:27 AM

oh lucky you! I long for anything of color. We are still in the midst of winter and ice. We won't see thaw until end of March, and we have a very long mud season. I will tell you I went onto the reviews of those sucrolose gummi bears and I must have laughed for 10 minutes. But it was not funny for lil Mims to have the tummy cramping. bad lesson learned..jeez

I'm still new to the world of yarn & recently watched an artisan's clip of hand dyed speckled yarns..love the look of them! I really need to learn to knit.

It's a slippery slope you're sliding down with the speckles, my dear. Have you discovered barnyardknits or evillittlegoat dot com? (Don't say you weren't warned!)

Yay! Once again - so beautiful!! Thank you for offering a series of the seasons. What fun is that! And inspiration to finally get going on First Snow, but there has been a new baby (born today!) to knit for, so it's all good.

Your patterns are always gorgeous make me smile and this one just added to the beauty and love in my day today. Thank you! I can't wait to order. :)

The spring cross stitch design is lovely! I ordered the sampler kit years ago and have yet to get the courage to attempt it. I'm more experienced in embroidery than cross stitch so it feels a bit daunting. I enjoy knitting socks for two reasons - 1) wearing a pair of hand knit socks feels like a complete luxury and 2) turning the heel feels like magic and we all need a little magic in our lives. Those Hedgehog Fibres speckled yarns are gorgous and would make a lovely shawl that I'm now going to daydream about for the rest day.

Yarn with sparkles -- yep, definitely something done by your Creative Mania. I'm sure it's a winter thing that "happens," but the socks will be pretty all year!

Andrea Rose says: February 14, 2018 at 03:22 PM

I only read 5 blogs, and very rarely do I ever comment. But, have a true, good thought from the heart, share it. I just want to say, I keep yours to read for last. It is always my up. The cherry on top. And anytime I feel anxious, sad or can't sleep (all rare,
thank goodness) I open your blog, pick a month and scroll. You being you, lifts me. Your space is such a gift. We are the gate keepers of our minds and you are welcomed right in! Thank you. I hope you know how sincere my thanks is. Love from Minnesota! -Andrea

Welcome to the rabbit hole world called Indy dyers.
I wish you could see my stash of speckled & sparkly yarns. They are alluring and oh so beautiful. I just look at them wondering what special shawl, pair of socks, or etc they will become.
Ah yes, Indy yarns are so inviting.

Chicken soup is my absolute go to when feeling poorly. Hope your daughter is feeling better soon. Thanks for sharing your crafting, I love all the colours you have chosen. Have a lovely weekend xxx

Kristi Shreenan says: February 19, 2018 at 08:28 AM

Alicia, here is my "gift" to you: A Homespun House. Molly is an expat from WI living with her husband and 2 young girls in Germany. She hand-dyes speckled and tonal yarns. Her favorite color is pink. Need I say more?! Her podcasts reflect her enjoyment of the every day and her gratefulness for her full life...including a lovely collection of vintage teacups. Right up your alley. Have fun!

I'm with Jenny - your posts definitely have a calming effect on me! And I love the gif - hey, anyone who has interests and passions, no matter how specific does, indeed, lead a gripping life in my book. You should see me when I'm following a lead on my genealogy! As I tell my kids, if you're never bored, you're never boring.

What a lovely granny square blanket! Is the pattern on ravelry? I don't see it on your ravelry page.
Hope spring is busting out all over bringing its own charms.

Ruth THORNE says: April 06, 2018 at 11:45 AM

love the speckly freckly yarns! and the gif made me laugh... I think its for me! but I enjoy my life anyway! xxx

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.