One of these days I'm going to have to write something about the business of knitting, but today I write to explain why that isn't happening . . . again. The trouble is, it is definitely spring here in central Mexico. And that means the gardening bug has bitten me again. So, although I have several projects going for my spring/summer knitwear collection, I can't seem to get much completed because I am constantly drawn outside. Here is one of the reasons why:
This jasmine vine is growing just outside my kitchen and it is in full, intense bloom. It beckons me to sit outside on the terrace and enjoy its lovely fragrance. And once I'm out there, I realize just how much gardening/landscaping work begs to be done. It is now the dry season here; the rains probably won't come until early summer (although, like everywhere it seems, the weather has been rather unpredictable). Once it starts raining regularly, things, especially weeds, will start shooting up and taking over. And when I say "weeds", I mean plants like tithonia, or Mexican sunflower, which can reach 6 or 7 feet high and branch out to 4 or 5 feet. There's also a wild gourd, that can spread seemingly for miles if let go. Oh, yes, and a kind of wild grape that will cover trees.
So, even if I sit out on the terrace to knit, I'm looking around the property at all that should be done. I see the irises and lavander in bloom and the figs leafing out and I know the seasons won't wait for me to find the time.
But, just to show that there has been some knitting taking place, here is the latest piece now for sale on Etsy:
Connie is a knitter and gardener in love with life on a small ranch in rural Mexico.