Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Egg Day

Dyed Easter Eggs
Pretty eggs?  The kids and I had fun playing 'round with the dyes.  We even went egg hunting in the melting snow . . 
Plastic eggs found in the snow
Now don't think it was all work--lots of R&R.  There's nothing like a long weekend for extra rest and relaxation.  Surprisingly warm temperatures and loads of sunshine left me further contented.  And of course, there was plenty of delicious meals, goodies and treats . . . life is good!
Little peep on a chocolate treat
courtesy of
Hope this bodes well for the rest of the week.  Have a good one!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Like a Lion . . .

March came in like a lamb, promising warmer clime and less snow.  Alas, she has deceived all!  Winter still reigns here, y'all!! **grumble, grumble**

This week we had not one, but two snowstorms!  The last of which caused most of town to shut down.  Snow isn't so much the culprit as strong winds.  Even on a clear, sunny day, if the wind is blowing hard enough it'll drift the snow back onto the road or cause white-outs.  Not fun.

So with lots of time on my hands, I worked on my course (yay, finished the first complete draft of my essay).  And yes, there was knitting.

My sock is almost ready for the toe shaping.  And with the continued snowy weather, I'll have to cast-on the second sock pronto as I'll probably still wear my woolies well into May **sigh**
Sock Almost Done
As I near the end of my sock, a nagging doubt plagues my thoughts: I fear the yarn will run out before completion. Thus far, 1 ball of Patons Kroy has had enough yardage for one Acrylic-girl sized foot.
Yarn Remains: Enough?
And I also began work on the second sleeve of that lovely Avocado.  
Sleeve Detail
I kept notes on stitch counts, shaping and such (and yes, I will post that info ASAP). Not too hard to change the original pattern from bottom-up to top-down.  I certainly enjoy the top-down process more than the other way around.
Cardi in Progress
If I'm diligent enough, I can finish this cardigan before it becomes too small for my niece to wear . . . 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Waiting for the Green . . .

Vintage Photo courtesy of
I know its St Patrick's Day and all, but I'm still waiting for the green--the green of spring!!  All the snow actually melted this past week . . . And then it came back a few days later.  And even though it was a lovely sunny weekend, it is currently snowing  **sigh**
Shamrocks courtesy of
So for now, I'll content myself with the green of shamrocks  . . . 

Hope you had a nice St. Patty's Day ;)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Slowly . . .

Frozen Lake
Amidst the gnarled tree limbs, you feel it.  Springtime slowly makes its way to our parts.  Not in big melts and sudden bursts of spring colours.  
Knarled Tree
Instead a steady sun slowly picks away at the snow piles, melting them ever so slowly.  The earth warms up and then it happens.  Brown, yellow and faded green peaks here and there through the white stuff.  Tufts of old dead grass poke through. . . 

Spring is coming.  Slowly.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Some Wee Progress . . .

It goes without saying that my knitting mojo is slowly waning.  That there is any progress at all is a surprise to me.  But progress there is!
Avocado Progress
The baby garter sweater (aka Avocado) has one sleeve completed.  Yay!
Sleeve Detail
And even my lowly sock has finally got the beginnings of a heel flap (there's always a sense of accomplishment when I can get the leg portion finished.  It feels as if I'm forever knitting and knitting  . . . until suddenly I've reached the right length).
Ribbed Sock In Progress
I always like working the heel flap--so I can watch the colour changes as I work back and forth.  And of course there's the heel turning which still inspires wonderment: it literally looks like magic!

Now back to my baking and cooking.  Yes, I'm actually making supper which is a wonderment itself (as I so rarely cook--mainly because I don't like to cook and there are other better cooks in the household who actually enjoy cooking).

Have a great week! 
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