The Sap is Rising
We've had about a week of temperatures above freezing during the day. The snow is retreating and today the first snowdrop is allllmost open!
The tough little snowdrops are about the only flowers that bloom for me this early, but spring is coming.
tell smell because at night, the skunks are coming out of their winter dens, phewww!
The bark on the willow trees and red osiers is getting brighter, and it's still light in the evening when I leave for work.
That means it's time to tap the sugar maples.
It's a good sign when you start to drill the hole, and sap leaks out with the sawdust on the drill bit. Now I'm sorry I didn't put my tap in five days ago!
Maple sap runs in the spring when the daytime temperature is above freezing and the nighttime temperature is below freezing.
Once the nighttime temperature also rises above freezing, the sap flow will start to dry up, and then it will be time to pull the taps.
As long as we get enough sap to boil down to a pint or two of syrup, we'll be happy!
On the knitting front, I've been turning a Goodwill sweater (too short and too wide to wear) into cakes of yarn.The sweater tag says "100% lambswool". It's very very soft. I'm thinking mittens for next winter.
I've been reading the current issue of Piecework (my mom extended my subscription for Christmas: thanks, Mom!) and the special Knitting Traditions issue that I bought with a gift card.
And I've been knitting a third pair of Wool-Ease-footed socks.
I need to get back to knitting on the Stargate before the weather gets so nice I want to spend all my time outdoors ruining my hands in the garden.
So what have I been doing? Looking through my stash of Valdani crochet thread, thinking about this year's Valdani bag.
I've decided not to cast on for that until I'm casting off on the Stargate. I'm hopeful that having that treat waiting for me will keep me moving toward the final rows.