Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Warmer weather and knitting

   Good morning!  Hope you are having a wonderful morning so far!  Yesterday was a doozy!  Not only was it windy, cold and 38 degrees, it also SNOWED!  Now, I know it wasn't much and it did not stick, but that is trivial!  I almost thought I was hallucinating!  So many people have already put in flowers, trees, etc.  I've only lived here 13 years, but I know you don't plant until May!

   I have really gotten the knitting bug!  I am  slow right now, so I'm not knitting any baby clothes.  The babies might be in 3rd grade when I finished their booties!  I have fallen in love with the Debbie Bliss books.  My favorite one so far is ' The Knitter's Year'.  It is broken down into the four seasons, each having several projects.  I am working on one in the Spring section.  I will show you that in a few days.


   These are some of the projects in the book.  The pink baby cardigan is so cute and seeing it is worked in seed stitch, the sleeves can be turned up and the collar turned back without seeing the 'wrong side'.  These flags are also cute!  I really love anything British.  .

    I have also been reading a book series by Gil McNeil.  The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club is the first book.  It is about a young woman and her two sons moving from London to a town on the coast and the woman running her granny's yarn shop.  I am almost finished with it and will start the next in the series.  I do recommend this book.  It is a good read and it shows just what a single mom can do.  I say BRAVO for the bravery and stamina of single moms!

   That's all for now.  I hope the day brings to you good times, warm weather and many blessings.


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

   The Easter lily is a symbol of purity, virtue, innocence, hope and life.  It has also been called "the white robed apostle of hope".  It has been said that when Eve was banished from the Garden of Eden, her fallen tears turned into lilies.  The lily was found growing in Gethsemane after Christ's agony.

   The lily was originally brought to America by a tourist that had been in Japan.  By 1941, America was importing the lily bulbs in great quantities.  Today, they are mostly grown in Oregon-California coastal areas.  About 11.5 million bulbs are shipped to local greenhouses each year for Easter.

   I hope that all of you have a wonderful Easter.  As you celebrate this day with family and friends, stop and remember what the day is really all about.


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Snafus, weeds and a new friend

   My goodness, it seems like eons since I have posted!  We had anelectric snafu that lasted 6 days, yes, 6 days without electric!  Then my poor, old, tempermental computer decided it needed a vacation, so it went away to Computer Vacationland, and has just returned, rested and ready to work!

   Have you been having a problem with weeds this spring?  I am mostly talking about dandelions!  My goodness, they are taking over the entire city!  I'm thinking it must be due to the warm winter we had, with a very limited snowfall.  I am not sure, but I think i saw a sci-fi movie about the weeds taking over!  It has gone from 1 pretty dandelion to whole fields full!  Allergy meds are flying off the shelves!!  It may be a bit soon to ask for it, but we need a cold, snowy winter!

   Now I am going to tell you about my afternoon.  There is yarn store in the town I live in.  It is called Ewe-Nique Knits.   I have lived in this town for 8 months and never, until today, have ventured inside.  Now, seeing you don't know me except through this blog, you don't know how hard it is for me to talk to a stranger.  I just clam up, break out in sweats, the whole nine-yards!  My daughter has told me that I really should check the place out.  I love crocheting and am getting back to knitting and there is nothing like being surrounded by yarn!  It is a calming experience, at least for me.  So, today I ventured out.  I probably sat in my car, outside the shop, for a good 5 minutes.  I finally gave myself a talk, opened my car door and went inside the shop.  It was heaven!!  I touched every hank and skein of yarn in the store, looked at book upon book, and guess what?  I talked to the owner!  The nicest woman there is!  She talked to me about the yarn, projects she has done, showed me a scarf she designed and then, she invited me to come to the Monday group that meets!  I tell you, I haven't felt this good or happy in a while!  The knitting night is April 16 and I am going!!  Besides getting help with my projects, I may make another friend!

   I must be off now.  Have some things left to do today before I can play with my new yarn and needles!  Thanks for stopping by and hopefully, I won't have anymore snafus in the future!