One way to tell that Spring is coming is to watch for the crocuses to start breaking the soil. Another way (for me) is to notice that it's not dark in the morning when I leave for work. This was Wednesday morning and you can see the sunlight just starting to show. It was beautiful and I stood outside just watching the sky. It's less depressing to go to work when it's not dark. Unfortunately, this will only last until March 14 when Daylight Savings Time hits the east coast here again. I keep hoping we'll give it up and just leave time alone but not this year.
I am inordinately proud of this. It's the beginning of my Evenstar shawl. It's only the center and I haven't even started the actual pattern. It took me about 10 tries to get the circular cast on and keep the stitches on the needles and not get them all twisted and to not leave extra large holes. I was determined last night to do this. After 3 additional tries, I finally got it using Emily Ocher's crochet cast on. It makes beginning stitches that are more stable and easier to manage. This is the thinnest yarn I've ever used and it's like thread. I just managed to get it onto the smallest circular needles in the options set. As I look at the photo, I can see it's not perfect but it looks good to me. I don't know if I have the heart to start again and blocking will help even out the center (I hope).