Few things give me as much pleasure as the simple flowers of early spring: white blossom (cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera) in this case - am I right? - which is easily confused with sloe (Prunus spinosa) but generally flowers a month earlier than the latter) bursting forth on bare wood against a grey sky which holds the promise of blue. March has arrived with its temperamental weather and one gust of cruel wind will send these dainty petals into the air like a whirl of snowflakes. For the time being, however, these ephemeral flowers will remain clenched on twigs clothed with the rich bloom of age-old lichen overlooking the slow-moving waters of the river Loire.
This year I wanted to capture those shining white flowers with their golden stamens and keep them close for a long while. Nothing soothes my winter-weary heart as much as a piece of beautiful frivolity or whimsy and so I purchased this head wreath for Angélique...just for fun! It's girly, holds the promise of spring, and sits so prettily on her head of loose curls.
If you too are easily seduced by aesthetic frivolity take a peek at the sweet shop Sparkle & Posy. I think there may be the very same wreath gracing those alluring shop shelves!
After the Mad March Hare and Easter Rabbit flurry I am planning to start a new series of creations in April. Of course I am keeping it secret for now but the work above by the artist Maurice Prendergast of The Tuileries Gardens, painted in 1895, will give you some sort of clue!
My sweet son Tristan has been learning the art of patience. Finally for his ninth birthday in February I promised to make him his first pullover and asked him to choose both the pattern and the colourway. He was so thrilled that he performed a happy dance on the spot! Dear child.
He opted for a simple knit called Tea With Jam And Bread which I had first caught sight of on Itty Bitty's inspirational knitting blog back in October and which lends itself to playing with colours a little. Tristan's choice of Duck Egg blue, yellow, and cream sing out Tristan to me and, dare I say, spring too. Tempted though I was for a short while to name this pullover 'Lego' - don't those stripes remind you of Lego blocks piled up high? - my son has never liked Lego. I could have called it 'Cars With Music And Art' - his three favourite things but he urged me instead to find a spring name for his first pullover. We came up with 'Blue Sky, Clouds, and Daffodils'. My Ravelry notes can be found here.
Like most knitters I have a list as long as my arm of patterns I would dearly like to try my hand at. As a contrast to Tristan's straightforward sweater my roving knitter's eye caught sight of the delightful picture below of a slightly more complex knit - 'Lobelia'. Generally speaking I rarely buy magazines. I do, however, think Pom Pom Quarterly, a small-scale, homegrown publication launched in autumn last year, deserves a shout. It is fairly pricey - you can see how much it costs on the front cover pictured below - but it boasts a handful of very lovely knitting and crochet patterns enhanced by a modern aesthetic and appealing writing. The fourth edition, entitled Verdant Stitcher, celebrates spring both in colour and subject matter. If you too have leafed through or bought Pom Pom I would be curious to read about your impression.
Inspiration has also been found in Ashley English's recipe book: A Year Of Pies. Héloïse said to me today how each seasonal recipe looks more delectable than the last. She's absolutely right and however much I have been seduced by winter's feasts my fingers are itching to turn the page and move on to spring's recipes.
The sweet tart pictured above has been inspired by Ashley English's Maple Orange Walnut Pie but I played around with the ingredients today and turned it into a Maple Syrup, Lemon Almond Tart instead. It reminds me of the delicious treacle tarts I used to eat as a child on sundays both in taste and texture with a slightly crunchy almond topping.
Heaven on a plate.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I wish you all a beautiful and inspiring week. Spring is on its way!