25 May 2009

by the wind swept

Today the wind swept almost all of the apple blossoms away. 

The flowers that remain are fragile, faded and bruised. Their petals are scattered across the lawn and wilting in the furrows of my garden. The perfume of apple blossoms is almost unbearable. The trees must know that the flowers will soon be gone, therefore they are giving off one last drenching of scent. I'm sure the smell of our apple blossoms will carry into the next township. 

At the start of such a day I was in a rush to finish my Bella Mittens. Inspired by the mittens the character Bella wears in the movie Twilight, based on the bestselling novel by the same name by Stephenie Meyer. I couldn't help but throw myself into the symbolism of forbidden fruits. 

A few red apples and a couple of star-crossed lovers would have been nice at this juncture, but having none of those 'props' on hand, the fading blossoms seemed like the perfect backdrop. 

This pattern is a free download on Ravelry, and it gets five stars from me. Easy to follow and lovely when finished. 

Made from our own hand spun these mittens are unbelievably soft and pliable. (And I'm not just saying that - they are!) I love the way the cables pop in this natural color. These mittens were a practice run with this fiber, now I'm going to start spinning for a sweater. 

Something with lots of twining cables.

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