Saturday, April 15, 2017

Here I Go Again...

All your wonderful comments about my Begonia Swirl shawl have boosted my confidence for knitting lace to a whole new level.  I thank you all for that and because of those wonderful comments I've plunged myself right back  into yet another complicated lace pattern.

I had spun some merino a while back and just loved the color combination
but it hadn't spoken to me yet as to what it wanted to become back then.
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 When I came across this  Heaven Scent pattern on Ravelry I could hear that yarn screaming out from the stash " This is it......I want to become this!!!"  I was in total agreement so I cast on right then and there!  I'm feverishly heading for those crazy scary lace charts again.  I'm almost done with the mindless stocking stitch part
so it won't be long before intense night knitting begins.  Am I crazy or what?!  I'll get this lace thing down if it's the last thing I do.  But first I better get a list made for the grocery store because Easter has crept up on me and I have family coming for dinner.  I have to come up with a menu, bake, clean the house and color eggs.  This might be making those lace charts look easy.  LOL!  Before I head to the store I want to thank Deb over at http://araigneestangledweb.blogspot.com/ for yet another wonderful gift box of soapy goodies!
I can't wait to dig in!  You're the best Deb.  That Freshly Zested Lemon bar is calling out to me.  It smells heavenly!  I've become spoiled by these wonderful surprise gifts so delightfully wrapped!  They truly are a joy to receive.  Thank You so much!

HAPPY  EASTER  EVERYONE!!!!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Ta-Da!!!

Look who's sun bathing on the back porch!  It's my version of the Begonia Swirl Shawl all sprawled out on the porch table.  I really need to invest in the proper blocking materials.
Now don't look to closely....there may be an error or two... and if there is it is totally the fault of "The Inn at Rose Harbor", the audio book I foolishly thought I could listen to while knitting lace.  Oh and The Gardener shares in a portion of the blame too.  He kept asking me questions and tried carrying on a conversation with me while I was knitting.  
It still managed to turn out fairly well and I'm pretty proud of myself for over coming my fear of lace charts.
Now all I have to do is master the art of the selfie!

Monday, April 3, 2017

A Berry Good Weekend

We had a wonderful week with a nice long visit from our son and grand puppy Reba and to add to the fun the strawberries are ripe in North Carolina.  When I lived up north, this wouldn't happen until late June or July.  The guys went picking while I stayed home with all the hooligans.  When they returned with the loot

we turned the kitchen into a pretty serious jam making operation.
I dug out the canning jars

and we proceeded to heat up the kitchen. By the
time we got the berries cooked down and thickened, the kitchen was filled with the aroma of strawberry.  Heavenly but also hot and wouldn't you know this would be the exact time the AC decided to quit working!  

We found the screens opened the windows
and got several jars of yummy jam to eat while we are waiting for the AC to be repaired.