Start of 2nd comfort Shawl
Ok, I promised a picture of the start of the comfort shawl I have designed (well I didn’t create the lace pattern – it appears to be a shetland lace pattern, someone correct me if I’m wrong – but I did design where that pattern went on a rectangular shaw.) I am stagering the pattern every other row rather than have them right under each other every row. I’ll post another picture when I get more done, it was hard to block enough of it to see the design properly with so little of it done yet. This is alpaca yarn, and unfortunately has been disconntinued but it is very soft and I love it. A comfort shawl should be comfy and soft and so I wanted to use alpaca for it, I should have just enough to do this shawl. 🙂
PIF!!!! (click picture to enlarge)
I got home from work today and there was a box for me. WOOHOO! it was the PIF (pay it forward) from my knitting/spinning friend at LS Fiber Adventures.
Don’t you love getting unexpected packages? It came at a perfect time as this has been a hard week. I opened it up and there was all this loveliness! She knitted me the most beautiful lace scarf with beautiful shades of turquoise (my favorite color!) I’m sure she spun the yarn as well. It will be well loved! 🙂 There is some beautiful Bluefaced Leicester roving to spin – I’ve never spun this kind of wool it will be a fun adventure and spinning hand painted multi color roving is way fun because you never know what you will end up with. There is a CD with gospel music that will be a wonderful addition to my Sunday music, I love hymns and gospel music ;). There was a fun pair of Easter socks (they will be very fun to wear!) There are two very cute journals, as a latter-day saint I do keep a journal, tho not as diligently as I should, this is a great reminder to keep up with it and when my present journal is full, these will take it’s place. And last but hardly least there is some very yummy eatable goodies – wonderfully delicious wafers rolled around a vanilla creme 🙂 and Cadbury mini eggs. I feel like it’s Christmas!!!
- Old Indian Wisdom (click on picture to read words)
I notice the older I get the faster things come up. Remember when you were young and it took forever for your birthday or summer to get here? Now they just whiz by at an alarming rate, that seems to be one of the unfortunate things that happen as we get older and gain wisdom (well I hope I have accrued some wisdom anyway :P.) At any rate, I used this Old Indian bit of wisdom again because (with just a hint of sarcasm) obviously the federal government didn’t pay attention last year when I used it on my blog and day light savings time is here again this year. sigh.
Well, WOOT WOOT, my car has been repaired and is in my garage!!! However (don’t you just know there is always a however?) my foot isn’t healed sufficiently yet to drive it. I drove it home from the mechanics house about 20 mins away and my left ankle is letting me know about it (it’s a manual with a clutch and not an automatic transmission). So it will be a couple more weeks before I can drive it because I went back to the Dr yesterday, (my supervisor thought my foot should be healed by now and suggested I go back to the Dr), and she said “nope, as long as you are using that ankle the ligaments you tore will be very slow to heal”. She wanted to put an air cast on it because she knows I am single and self supportive and staying totally off of it is not an option, but they didn’t have one and I have to wait until I get paid on Tuesday to afford it. But I want it to heal so I can drive and walk and all that other stuff that I haven’t been able to do since the middle of Jan when I fell down the stairs, so on Tuesday when I get paid, I will go get one and use it (the pharmacy is only a few blocks from my house). She did put a splint type of brace on it which she said would be better than the soft support one that I was using, and she put me on a high dose of ibuprofen every 6 hrs for a full week to help with the inflammation. So I’m crossing my fingers that in 2 or 3 weeks I will be back to more normal :).
After 4 trips to the frog pond, I have finally figured out my pattern for the new comfort shawl I am making. When I get a bit more done on it so that you can see the pattern I will post a picture of it. When I am completely done I will post a link to the original daisy shawl pattern and my version of a rectangular shawl pattern for it along with the picture of the finished shawl :). I’m torn right now between wanting to spin and wanting to knit, but the knitting is winning out at the moment. Perhaps later this week when I need a break from the shawl, I will pay more attention to the “come hither” from my spinning wheel.
I did see the geese flocking back a week ago last Thursday (March 3rd) and all the wonderful red-breasted Robins!! The female Robins should be showing up in the next week or so – they are usually about 2 weeks behind the males so the males can set up their territories to court the females and entice them to their carefully picked out and fought for spots. AHHH, SPRING IS IN THE AIR! Farewell Old Man Winter!! 🙂
Late Christmas cactus bud
While I was watering my plants this last week end, after neglecting them for a little over a week, I noticed a single bud on my Christmas cactus. It has already bloomed this last November or December and I have never seen one bloom so late. Not sure why just one bud or why so late in the season. But I will just enjoy the beautiful blossom when it unfolds and wonder.
Also this weekend when I was trying to update my wordpress software for my website, it failed and knocked out my blog and other pages. I could see my home page but that was it, I had no access to my admin functions. So I went to my brilliant son (who is the server administrator for my website, and a programmer). When I told him I wasn’t able to get into my admin functions, he looked at it and said “it is very broken”. But he had it restored and up and running before I knew it. If you are needing a new website and interested in someone who is willing to listen to your needs and work with you do check out his website TDM Web Consulting. 🙂
I’m still working on the design for the comfort shawl, but after having to frog it 4 times, I’m going to cast on a few patterns of the daisy with some scrap yarn and work on that instead of messing up this nice alpaca yarn, until I figure out what I need to correct the pattern. Maybe this week end.
Also we are suppose to have 40’s and 30’s the rest of the week, WOOT!!! Gotta love that Spring is right around the corner. I haven’t seen them, but someone told me that they have already seen male robins before March 1st. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them here before March. I’ll be on the look out and see if I can get a picture. 🙂 I guess that means an early Spring, maybe that groundhog was right!!