Sunday, April 13, 2008

2nd Annual Paralegals with Needles - Dogwood Winter 2008

On Friday, My knitting pal and I headed again to The Cabin at Still Waters in Cumberland Furnace, TN, leaving husbands, children, cats, dogs, hamsters, etc. to fend for themselves for our 2nd Annual Paralegals with Needles knitting retreat.

It was unseasonably cold, so there was very little knitting in my favorite nest, the screened-in back deck. In addition, both of us are battling nasty spring colds. (Sniff! Cough! Groan!) However, we still managed to have a great time, get a lot of knitting done, and vegged a little in front of the TV without having to fight for the remote.

I finished my Hazy Paves scarf and blocked it last week, so I brought it for show & tell:

This flowering shrub seemed to like it because it grabbed hold as I walked by:

It was about 40 degrees and blustery this morning, so I tried to warm up this little fellow:

I decided he needed something a little more substantial, so he tried on my tank that I finished on this trip:

Our Guardian Indian looked a little forlorn so I let him wear the Calorimetry and the wristbands for a while:

And finally, here's EC's birthday gift hanging around the dog pen. (Honey, there's no dog in there any more.)

Sniffles, piles of tissues, and spells of crummy feeling aside, we had a wonderful time and enjoyed lots of knitting and cleaning up some of those pesky UFOs.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

How fast do you type?

I just love these kinds of things:

87 words

Speed test

All that knitting keeps my fingers nimble (plus the fact that I type for a living??)

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

What have I been up to since I last posted in February? Too much!
Mid-March, Baby Girl and I went to Girl Scout camp.

(Wow! What a blast from the past!) I was a Girl Scout in 4th and 5th grade and absolutely loved it. BG wouldn't go unless I went, so of course I couldn't resist. It was a cold, rainy weekend, but it didn't hold the girls back at all. They did a 4-hour horse program, cold rain notwithstanding, and we all (moms included) rode horses for about 2 hours in the arena. Not only was it BG's first time on a horse, it was mine as well. (I don't think I can count the pony rides at the zoo when I was six as actual horseback riding.) They assigned BG to the tallest horse I think I have ever seen:

and will you just look at what they put me on:

The world's shortest draft horse! Could I look any more ridiculous? Hubbo says I look like "Mongo" - what a prince I married, huh?

My girls were on spring break the week after GS Camp, so we went to the Smokies. We had a great time, but came home more tired than when we started. We hiked, shopped, went to Wonderworks, walked the strip in Gburg, and I knit and knit and knit. I made a set of discloths for the folks who own the cabin we stayed in.

While we were in Gburg, I also knit this felted bag for a friend's birthday. I worked the body on the Bond knitting machine. It was supposed to be just a rectangular bag that I was planning to put shoulder straps on. But, I used a different wool for the burgundy stripe at the top and the bottom and when it felted it ruffled at the top. It wasn't what I expected but it was a good surprise.
For the last couple of weeks, I've been working on the Hazy Paves scarf for myself in a charcoal Malabrigo lace weight. It is so soft and wonderful to work with.