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30.3.10

I'm springing!


We had some warm weather recently and it certainly put me in the mood for spring.  I can't believe the snow is all gone.  It melted quickly this year.  
I finished the Taiyo Top and I like the fit, but I have to play with arranging the large cowl neck when I wear it.  The colorway is a bit out of my comfort zone, because I don't wear plain stripes except for Fair Isle work.  The Stone Walls vest is coming along nicely.  I'm working on the front section and I am less than an inch from the neck shaping.  I think the weather will stay cool enough for me to wear it.  
29.03.10  I was able to wear my vest yesterday.  I love it--it's the perfect size and Rox took a photo of me wearing it and then one of me in the Taiyo Top.  It was a good day for projects from my students.  Mary wore her latest, and had another vest done, and then Melody, Judy, and Connie were wearing finished projects.  It's very satisfying to see the progress of each student and the pride they take with each finished project.  
The last photo is of what I call Big B--it's my variation of the Baktus Scarf.  I had this skein of Mango Moon Bali.  It's a great size for warmer weather.  
It's really feeling like Spring this week.  We're expecting temps in the 70s this week.  I may have to dig out my sandals this week--good thing I polished my toenails!

12.3.10

Foot in the Door 4

Yesterday Ben and I went to the MIA to see the Foot in the Door 4 exhibit.  It was great fun to see all the art work on display.  There are 4,700 works by Minnesota artists on exhibit until June.  We took time to walk around and see our favorite paintings.  
We've been having rain and now it's foggy.  Ben and I ran an errand in Elk River to pick up flint and steel for Grey Wolf.  Of course, we had to poke around the antique shop in town and then ducked into the bakery to get some rhubarb fritter bread, peasant bread, and two cranberry white chocolate scones.  Om-nom-nom...as Ben would say.  I picked up a little vase at the antique shop.  I look for sheepy/spinning/or  knitting.  This was a bargain at under $3 and in perfect condition.  I think the little nest looks very spring-y for now.  I have to get the Easter decorations out this weekend.
Knitting...I'm working on the first sleeve of the Taiyo top.  I love the Noro cotton blend yarn.  I know it will be nicer when it's blocked, but I tried it on and it fits great.  I want to check the large cowl against Roxanne's shop sample.  I liked the way hers fit and don't know if she altered it.  I have to get busy on the Stone Walls vest because I want to wear that on Wednesday!  It won't be difficult to finish, I just need to dig in tonight after pizza and during Ghost Whisperer and Medium. 

7.3.10

Olympic knitting and finishing

It looks as though I will only medal once this time around.  The Lopi Cardigan is causing me to continually disqualify!!!!  I'm fighting a cold and lost some knitting time for a couple of days.
We went to the college to watch the Div. III championship swimming.  Our guys won!  It was so fun to meet more parents and watch the kids swim.  The gals came in second.  What's even better--the men won by a huge margin without divers!
I've been busy the past week catching up with work around the house.  When Spring's just around the corner, it's time to thin out the junk!  I have four bags of clothing so far (for Mom and me).  Jim and Ben have to go through their closets and drawers, too.
07.03.10  Ben's home!  We went to the District Dinner and it was great, because Jim was one of four to receive the District Award of Merit.  He was very surprised, which we always love.  He's a very humble person and the award is well-deserved!  
I've been working on multiple projects--nothing new there--and now that the Lopi cardi is hibernating, I'm focusing on the pullover and the vest.  Our weather is beginning to warm during the day and we can see the grass.  Rain is expected for this week and will probably wash away most of the icky slop (one can only hope).  I love snow, but not the melting and dirty slop.  The shop got in lots of lovely cotton yarn and some spring-y colors of Cascade 220.  
The Fair Isle Scarf classes have been doing well and it will be fun to watch the progress and the finished projects, soon.  Very colorful!  Speaking of colorful, I finally re-finished the pansy sweater.  I'd made it for my sister when Ben was a toddler and didn't like the way I sewed it together.  It's been in pieces for quite some time, I'd bought new buttons, and this week I've been wearing it.  It's a lovely piece and now I feel like it's mine--I think Tishie would be pleased.