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28.4.11

Art in Bloom


The last of winter melted away yesterday with a visit to the MIA.  My friend, Lynne, and I spent the rainy day at the museum taking in the Titian exhibit before it goes away and it was also cool to watch the floral artists set up for the Art in Bloom exhibit all over the museum.  Florists chose works of art as inspiration and arranged flowers to display along side the art.  Lovely colors, textures, and smells!
A nod to Alenander Calder




This is the painting to the left of...

Hortense! 
Renoir is to her right.
This one was so beautiful and captured the light and color of the painting.
Ahhh, Monet...

This was a clever and very Americana interpretation
of Grant Wood's work.



Chagall needed no flowers!
Lynne's friend did this arrangement beside the monkey.



The art teacher at CRHS made her vase and arrangement.
This was one of my favorites--simple and elegant.

The Quant is finished!
I finally got photos of the dreaded headband.  I like the Great Adirondack yarn much better than the Noro for the project.  I used the pattern modification to make both ends the same.  The left sleeve of the Aranmor is almost finished and I started the cuff of the right sleeve.  Light at the end of the tunnel--at last!  The weather is still dreary today, which is fine--I do not have class until later.  I hope the rain stays away during the baseball game, as Jim and some colleagues from work took the train into the city to see the Twins play.
I like the pattern modification to make the ends match
A sleeve and a cuff
I have a lot of catching up to do.  I lost a few days with being miserable.  Bronchitis = ugh!  We received some "medicine" in the mail the other day from Bernd and Angelika--Ritter Sports and Milka chocolate bars, a chocolate bunny, and Milka eggs with little purple spoons for scooping out the cream centers of the eggs!  That will make me feel better really quickly!  Danke!

23.4.11

Bunny hop


The yard critters were out and about recently.  The bunnies came out from under the deck and nibbled on what little vegetation is growing.  A robin popped into the photo and even a squirrel came by, although he was not around for the photo.
Jim shows Jeff how to use flint and steel to start a fire.
Thumbs up!  Drinking lots of hot cocoa to keep warm.
I was Scoutmaster for the cooking campout last weekend.  Of course, we had snow!  The boys had a great time and it was fun to try out some of their goodies.  The older scouts made burgers at lunch and I had one.  Very tasty and cooked on a griddle over an open fire.  Jim stopped by during the day to help.  The whole camp was turned into Hogwarts for the Cub event with the theme of Harry Potter.  There were at least 500 Cub Scouts and their parents in camp for the event on Saturday.  I was asked to be Madam Hooch and run the Quidditch game, but I had signed up for the campout.  The Quidditch field was right beside our campsite and it was quite an event.  Three of our younger Scouts were asked to be Golden Snitches (one was not enough!).  
When I got home from camp, I was so tired and just slept as much as I could.  The warm bed felt good!  I developed a cough, which promptly turned into bronchitis.  Ugh!  It has be down for the count!  Ben and his buddy, Paul, came home for Easter on Thursday night.  I spent Friday in and out of the kitchen.  I baked a batch of brown sugar cut-out cookies.  MMMmmm...good!  
April?
Happy Easter!
I'm working on Quant.  I decided to do a shop sample.  I made one with some yarn Kathryn gave me.  The project is nice.  I just do not care for entrelac.  Making a second headband is painful.  Aranmor is going well.  The first sleeve is coming along fine.  (I would much rather work on it than the headband!).



11.4.11

Spring might just be here...

The water at the Rum River Dam in Anoka was really rushing
now that the snow has melted!
I am afraid to say that too loudly.  As the snow melts in the back yard, I am doing yard patrol.  Not my favorite job, but necessary.  A robin hopped by the back door.  I think it is safe to say SPRING!
I finally edited the felted bowl pattern, and since it has been a week, it is time to try it one more time.  Kathryn is taking a shot at testing it for me.  Aranmor is progressing...meh...I had to frog that darned center section because on row 97 the numbers on either side of the section were off by one...not happy about that.  Such is life and knitting.
Bottom of the bowl marked for the first triangle tier
11.04.11  Wow, it has been some time since I started this post.  As you can see by the photo of Aranmor, the buds on the maple tree are popping out.  
I made another entrelac bowl and took photos of it in progress.  I have two to felt and Kathryn did a great job with the pattern and I just need to re-word the top triangle tier. It will be a perfect pattern for teaching.  

I will call this one "daisy."
My knitting demons have disappeared for now and the second side of Aranmor is just about finished.  I will be very happy to begin the sleeves.  
I like that this photo shows the true color of the yarn.
I really love this pattern!