Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Setting the Stage

This weekend was a special one because it set the stage for a wonderful event...Marisa and John's special day! Here you see gathered Marisa's sweet cousins and friends posing before their night on the town. They took Marisa to her Bachelorette Party in Newport. Need I say more....

Below is a very special pillow. It will hold the special couple's wedding rings. It's made from my wedding dress worn 35 years ago next September. I'm thrilled to have it be part of the ceremony and carried by my grand nephew. The excitement is building!!

Knit content: Work still continues on my Opal Tiger socks. I also picked up a linen feather and fan shawl from the UFO pile. I will post pics soon.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Standing Room Only

Last Friday the sock and I had a damn good drink after visiting Classic Yarns of Grafton. This was all Judy's fault, of course. On the spur of the moment I agreed to visit Grafton in order to hear the Yarn Harlot speak to quite a few knitters. I was at the back of the room and could barely see and hear her speak because there were so many in the audience. Many of us brought knitting along. As you can see above Judy is holding my sock ( made with Opal's new Tiger in a pattern for Gentleman's Hose in Vintage Sock Knitting) over a two limit Margarita at a lovely Mexican restaurant whose name escapes me at the moment. I drank while waiting for a low carb dinner ( just kidding).

Below you can see some of the knit bloggers who gathered at the restaurant after visiting with the Yarn Harlot. First we see Carol, who smiles so sweetly behind her beverage. Notice her wonderful cat's paw shawl knitted in Koigu.

Of course, other bloggers were there as well.

Can't forget these bloggers....... Somewhere in the crowded restaurant is Laurie, who has been waiting for the Alpaca man...hehehe. She sounded seriously addicted. I got to see her lovely blue socks in person by Jove.

Last but not least here is Stephanie speaking to other bloggers.....Notice Stitchy's aluminum can couture bag just behind her head in the pic below! Very Kitschy, Stitchy!

I did have a great time and believe it or not I bought no new yarn to add to my ever growing stash. I even managed to knit almost the whole leg of a sock by the end of the night...when I wasn't drinking Margaritas!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Shoots and Socks

This week has been exciting in the garden. One of my fragrant lilies...can't think of it's name at the moment....has begun to show itself. It is a beautiful snow white with a spectacular fragrance. I hope it will be as lovely as when I bought it. It is planted next to Cathy's daylilies which are popping up as well. The thrill of springtime in the garden is such a joy.

Here are the Trekking XXL fraternal socks I completed for my mom. I gave them to her as part of her Easter gift last Sunday. They fit her perfectly. She's very happy to add them to her collection of handmade socks. She loves all of them so much that she has me mending the older ones. She claims she's saving this pair for next fall and winter.

Well...I'm off to the coal mines!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Springtime Fibonacci and More

Fibonacci Poetry is in the air according to the Knitting Curmudgeon so I wrote one using Fibonacci sequencing:

Fibonacci Spring

The slow
The slow growth of
The slow growth of spring buds
Inflames my tenth sense
Sixteen times I have held the bud which cast me in its pregnant spell.

Blooming Pussywillow

Mrytle...Mrytle Turtle

Judy.....this is for the hummers of spring!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

A Surprise Gift!

This is quite a week!!! Laurie sent me a lovely trio of Blue Sky Alpaca. She is so sweet to think of me. But how did she know that I needed such a treat this week of all weeks!!! My mom's illness and other events have made life challenging lately. Leave it to the kindness of the blogoshere to come to the aid of the weary.

I did continue working on socks for my mom. I'm coming down the home stretch of the second sock. I 'm thinking of what I can make with the Alpaca.......hmmmmm....maybe a hat or scarf!