Look what we spotted when we left the house on Saturday:

Do you see them there? The snow hadn’t been melted for more than 24 hours before the crocuses started to push up through the ground. We still have about 6 inches of snow over most of the yard, but it’s been warm this week and it’s melting fast. In the sunnier spot we even have a (small) patch of bare ground. And as far as those crocuses are concerned, it is spring.

There hasn’t been much progress on anything this week. On the second day of break, I got felled by a cold. It’s not even a bad one, but I’ve been so tired from work lately that it didn’t take much to land me in bed all week. The timing was perfect (in that I don’t have to work while I’m sick), but it also means that none of my grand plans for break have come to be.

I did get those braids carded into batts, which now need to be blended. It occurred to me, though, that the accent colors didn’t need to be carded, so I went ahead and got started with those:

Since Saturday when I took that picture, I’ve also added one small skein (75 yards) of the dark purple and need to ply a small skein of the light. Those will also be accent colors, and then the rest of the purple will be blended together to make the yarn for the sweater body.

This project has been kicking around in my brain for quite a while. I dyed these colors for the Greencastle show, back in 2012.

As soon as I saw them together, I realized that they would be perfect for crocuses.

It’s taken me two years to figure out how I could possibly wear those colors. I think I’ve got it now. But will it be ready for crocus time?