Monday, April 28, 2008

Spring Has Sprung, Fling Has Flung

The late spring we're having means that I returned from my wild weekend in St. Louis in time to smell the roses (or ogle the tulips and cherry blossoms).

Spring Fling 2008 is now a thing of the past, only living in photographs and memories. It was fabulous meeting Sheri, Janice, Wendy, Cookie, Claudia (the Woolmeise herself), the two indie dyers Allen and Stacey, Kellie from New Zealand, and all the rest of the knitters - some virtual friends from Ravelry and some brand new friends. Everyone I met was happy to be there, thrilled to visit The Loopy Ewe, and enjoying life as a knitter. Though we were from all parts of the country (and world) we had knitting in common and there was always something to learn, something to share, something to talk and laugh about. Here's the whole group:

Some of us made squares for a blanket for Claudia. We chose squares from The Great American Afghan book so she could have pieces of America to take back to Germany. I made the blue one in the top row, the burgundy one underneath it, and the cream one in the bottom left corner.

Sheri is just as sweet as can be, even when we were 1/2 hour late for the van driver who was waiting to take us back to the hotel. We couldn't help it if the shopping just took a little bit longer than scheduled....

Now if we could just convince Sheri to host an event like this more often; say, once a month? If we win the lottery with those tickets I bought for DH when I rode with the van driver to the gas station, I'll arrange something!

Friday, April 18, 2008

What's Going On?

Today's blog post is weather-related. I'm having a hard time figuring things out. Tuesday we drove an hour north of Seattle to visit tulip fields, where the tulips are a little late to open, because (except for last Saturday, when it was almost 80 degrees F) we've had a cool, wet spring. The day was cloudy, cool, and we had a little rain, but we saw some pretty flowers.

Here's what it looks like outside my door tonight: This is my gazing globe which I usually can't see from here because the clump of lavender (now lying down) hides it.
These pink things are rhododendon buds which thought they should be opening, but instead got buried under a ton of wet snow.
This is our pink dogwood tree, which appeared to be ready to blossom any day. Now I'm not so sure.

At the end of this week, I'll be flying off to St. Louis to attend the first Spring Fling hosted by The Loopy Ewe. I'll be out of this weird snow and into conditions much more familiar to us west coast dwellers. There was an earthquake there today.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Catching Up

It's been awhile since I've posted any knitting, but I have finished a few things. Let's see, I got it into my head that I had to finish my Cozy wrap before our trip to Ireland, so I could take it on the plane as a blankie. Well, I knitted and knitted, so much so that my elbow began to hurt (ack!) but didn't finish. I decided to take it with me as airplane knitting, even though the larger, sharper Harmony needles I was using could perhaps be a problem, but they sailed through security screening each time. (I love these needles by the way, in all sizes. I haven't had any problems with them at all.)

So Cozy came with me, sat on my lap, and I finally finished it halfway through the trip. Then I decided that it wasn't long enough, so I packed it into my suitcase and planned to block it out larger after returning home. Well, I blocked it and now it's really long, but I still like it and use it to throw over my shoulders as I sit and knit at home. Here's how it looks over the back of my knitting loveseat.
As it turned out, I didn't need it to keep me warm on the plane on the way home from Copenhagen, since we somehow got upgraded to the front of the plane, where they have really nice blankets, lots of leg room, big tv screens, and champagne. It made a long flight much more enjoyable!
Here's another photo of my completed Flower Basket Shawl, modeled by the Princess. It must be time to start another lace project. It's true - it's addictive.

I hurried to finish a sock for the shop before I left. I now have my first sample done and on display! I used Handmaiden Casbah, which is yummy yarn, and made the Little Square Sock, which is a pattern that comes with the yarn. It was fast and easy.
It's been really cold around here lately (I know, I know, how cold can Seattle be?) but it seemed cold to us - there was snow!
so I quickly made some fingerless mitts I'd been planning to do for awhile. I had some more of the Classic Elite Beatrice that I'd used for my Waterfall Scarf, and I made them from Wendy Johnson's pattern. Very quick and cozy.
Lastly, I finished an afghan square for a collaborative project I'm participating in with some other Loopy Ewe Spring Fling participants. This is one of the patterns from the Great American Afghan book. It has a pattern of hearts in the background, and is made from Cascade 220 superwash in a pretty burgundy color. I'll choose another square and start that tomorrow.