Sunday, March 31, 2013

3-31-2013 He is Not Here

... He has risen, just as He said...
Happy Easter!!!
This lovely photo is sourced from
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Today I finally finished knitting my Thrummed Mittens!
They are sooooooo warm!
Looking forward to using them next winter!!!

3-30-2013 OutDoors

Today has been our first day
of Spring-like weather 
with temps in the 50*F's...
Grandson's first day outdoors 
walking in grass in his backyard
(he doesn't look to sure about it!)...

...and Granddaughter 
had fun swinging at the park!
(Just look at her smile!)

3-29-2013 Tenebrae

a worship service
observed during the final part of Holy Week
commemorating the sufferings and death
of Jesus the Christ.
Tonight DH & I attended this service
featuring music written for Good Friday.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

3-28-2013 Blocking Gail

Today I purchased some lace weight
blocking wires
from my LYS
to block my first lace shawl.

I began this shawl on April 5, 2012
so it has taken me almost an entire year
to complete!

Looking back, I probably should have: 

1) chosen a different pattern
for my very first lace shawl,
as this one was designed for
advanced lace knitters
and NOT beginners 
(but I LOVED the design in this one
so just jumped right in!), and

2) chosen a solid color yarn
instead of the colorful varigated yarn
which competes with the lace pattern
for your eye.

So glad I finally finished it...
have a second one in mind already!

3-27-2013 Stubbornness

Thanks to my stubbornness
and the encouragement of my LYS pals
my Gail (aka Nightsongs) lace shawl
is off the needles.!!!  YAY!!!
I began this shawl on April 5, 2012
so it was almost a year in the making!

Tomorrow I will get some blocking wires
and steam this nemesis!

Hopefully it will be ready to wear
on Easter Morning!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

3-26-2013 Bodies

... our most precious gift ...
Today DD & I attended the Bodies Revealed" exhibit.

Monday, March 25, 2013

3-25-2013 Snip-its

All winter long
I've been saving my snip-its
from each knitting project...
I plan to hang them in a suet basket
and spread some on the bushes
for birds to use
as nesting material.
Hoping to see some colorful nests!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

3-24-2013 Happy 39th!

Today is my 39th wedding anniversary!
Thank you, dear husband, for putting up with me for 39 years!
Here's to the next 39, my dear!

To celebrate this happy occasion
we went out to dinner last night...
enjoyed Moroccan cuisine by Chef Monika
at her fabulous bed and breakfast,
She never disappoints.

This morning we woke up to greet Old Man Winter...
apparently he did not get the memo
that it is now Spring!
I took this pix when I got up in the morning...
we got another 6 inches throughout the day.

I am encouraged, however, but this sign of Spring:
a Robin!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

3-23-2013 Yarn Bowl

At last night's "Sit & Knit" session
at my LYS
I got to see a colorful yarn bowl
custom made by one of the employees!
Great job, André!!!

3-22-2013 Dog Whisperer

Today I had lunch with Cesar Millan, Dog Whisperer...
along with 700+ other people~
He was the guest speaker at a fund-raiser luncheon
for Gilda's Club of the Quad Cities.
The dining hall was quite dim... and large...
and all I had was my cell phone
to capture an image...
He was VERY entertaining!
Thank you so much for helping Gilda's Club, Cesar!
I'm a huge fan of your 'Dog Whisperer' show
and wish everyone who owns a dog
would watch them!!!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

3-21-2013 Gail (aka Nightsongs)

I've been working on this
lace triangular shawl
for a year now.
All I have left to knit is the edging...
and I don't have a clue how to do it!
I'm hoping to have it done so I can wear it for Easter.
Today I went on the knitting forums
begging for help.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

3-20-2013 Snowflake Catcher

Took my GD for a stroller ride
in the softly falling snow...
she kept sticking out her tongue
to feel and taste them.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

3-19-2013 Thank You Gift

Starting a "Thank You!" gift
for a very kind lady in Australia!

3-18-2013 Winter's Last Blast?

Today we got about 3" of very wet snow...
"Old Man Winter" is still around.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

3-17-2013 Godspell

The best production of this show I've seen yet!
So glad we attended!

Take a bow...

3-16-2013 Fiber Festival

Today DH & I did a road trip
to the Fiber Festival in Vinton, Iowa.
The luck of the Irish was with me...
not only did I run into some friends
from my LYS, 
but I won a door prize...
a $10 gift certificate to be spent
at any booth. I bought a drop spindle
and some roving to practice spinning yarn.

3-15-2013 Greens

Brought some 'greens' to
Friday night's "Sit & Knit"
to share with my gal pals.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

3-14-2013 Frankie Finally Finished

Finally finished Frankie the Monster...
he looks more chill than scary
don't you think?!?!?

Also made some frogs...

3-13-2013 Eight Months Old

Love you, grandson!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

3-12-2014 Mall Walkers

Still messy and snowing outdoors
so DD and GD and I
went to the mall to walk several miles today.
Ten more days until Winter is officially over!
I'm so looking forward to Spring/Summer/Fall
so I can start running again!

Monday, March 11, 2013

3-11-2013 Work In Progress

DH is (wood)working on some
birthday presents for the new grandbabies!
Hard to believe their one year birthdays
are coming up soon.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

3-10-2013 Frankie the Monster coming right along... is my 'ugly blanket'...

3-9-2013 HuHot

 DH & I tried out the new
HuHot Restaurant today...
cool artwork on the walls!!!
Lunch for the two of us was $42...
a bit pricey for our taste
even tho the food was good!
We may go back for special occasions
but not on a regular basis.

3-8-2013 Button, Button, Who's Got the Button?

Fun new buttons
at the LYS!

And "Thank You!' Suzie
for bringing in this wine
for Friday night's "Sit & Knit!"
It was fabulous!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

3-7-2013 Crochet Bunny

Made this little Spring/Easter Bunny
for the LYS owner's little boy.
Hope he enjoys playing with it!  

I'm guessing he does! Look at that smile!

3-6-2013 Mystery Ami Progress

Well, I wasn't satisfied 
with the shape I had made previously
( see post on 3-1-2013 )
so I ripped back to the pink thread
below the bump on the left
and redid the lower part of the ivory section...
much happier with it now!

3-5-2013 Thank You

A knitting friend in Maine
sent me this colorful roving
and an adorable thank you card
for letting her see my thrummed mitten
(under the card).
Thank you, my dear friend!
You know who you are!

Monday, March 4, 2013

3-4-2013 Perfume?

Perfume? or Liquor?

3-3-2013 Easily Forgotten

Our dear nieto/grandson was napping when we arrived
for this month's visit.

Since we only see him about once a month
we are easily forgotten by the little guy
and he's not happy with a 'stranger' holding him!
His 'sad face' makes me laugh!

But after we've been there for a while
he warms up to us
and becomes his happy self.

We love you, dear grandson!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

3-2-2013 Snow Day

Someone made good use of their Snow Day
after the recent blizzard!