The traveling woman shawl by Liz Abinante had somehow made it into my Ravelry favorites three times. It was just a matter of time before it found itself on some needles. I found some silk/merino lace in the stash closet when I 'cleaned' this weekend, I wanted something with a lot of plain knitting for the above book..... the stars sort of lined up, and ta-dah....another shawl cast on.
Yes, bridgewater is still waiting for its border and (eeek!!) I started two other things this weekend; plus, I noticed that my Rav page was lacking the Rill scarf which I found this weekend, too, and gave a couple rows in apology for having neglected it so long. I keep thinking what fun it will be when I start seriously finishing all these in-progress things.....they should be cranked out like crazy! (in my dreams!!!)
The Burgess Brothers is Elizabeth Strout's new book. It's a family story....Jim Burgess, the successful NYC lawyer--his big-hearted little brother, Bob, a Legal Aid attorney--and Bob's twin sister, Susan, who never left the family hometown in Shirley Falls, Maine. Single mom, Susan, finds her only son in a heap of trouble----and calls on her brothers for support and help. It's beautifully written, the characters are deeply moving, and the themes of family, home, struggles and triumphs are well developed.
So far, I'm really loving it.
Joining Ginny for yarnalong and Tami for WIP Wednesday.
I barely got her second boot laced, when she grabbed her cape and bolted out the back door.
Of course, she's going to dance in the rosemary!
The cape immediately got ditched. It was a glorious day....and Miss Rosemary (Rosie to her friends---and they are already many) was ready to explore every bit of it. She found a playmate right away, although she had to do a bit of tunneling through the mint to find her.
Then, off to the jungle gym.
Hey! Wait!! Those are the tomatoes. Be careful up there!!
She rolled a bit in the thyme.
Checked the cabbages for white caterpillars. So far so good. Was there an ulterior motive, maybe??
And then, finally, found her true love. Bunnies don't waste much time!
Meet Miss Rosemary Chively--we call her Rosie. She originated here, at Rosylittlethings, arriving flatter than Stanley late last week. She's hand-sewn, and went together like a dream. There were a couple little short-cuts with the sewing machine for her Liberty dress and the use of some elastic thread (who knew!?) that made the entire project very quick. (The pattern for the knit dress came from the same site.)
And yes, I know....what's with the button? Beats me. I got this from Laura (hi, La La!!) at the Middle Tennessee sheep and wool festival---Rosie saw it on the desk and immediately pinned it to herself. Not sure if she's proclaiming her love of the podcast, the fact that she considers herself a knitgirlll with all her handknits, or that she was enjoying an Awesome Monday. Probably all of the above.
Here's hoping you are having an Awesome Monday, too!
i look pretty beautiful after getting all my cage pooh out of my lovely angora fur....
don't I have great curls? (probably not for long)
yes, I'm very cute.....and I'm going to keep it that way.
snack time at.....
The Middle Tennessee Sheep and Wool festival.
It was a little show---about 50 vendors, some animals, some classes and demos. But a good time was had by all....in spite of the fact that we didn't come home with tons of yarn. (If we had had spinners in our group, things might have gone differently.) I chatted a bit with Laura (LaLa) of theknitgirlllls fame (and got their button), quickly met up with a blog friend, and just thoroughly enjoyed the cool spring day, the company of friends...and.....
Bridgewater (by Jared Flood) is finished but for the applied border. Ha! Finished???...but for the 768 stitches that each get 13 x 2 stitches knit in order to bite off one stitch--or....19,968 stitches to the finish line. (You can tell I'm rather bored with this project when I start doing the math.) Ordinarily, if I had a great audiobook, or a good movie---I'd be sticking this out....but
Dan Brown's new book came in the mail yesterday. I'm hooked. Of course, I'm hooked. I love Robert Langdon (I was an art history major, too--spent a year studying iconography!)...I love Florence....I actually read the Inferno once upon a time and didn't hate it.....and those short little chapters suck me in every time---you know, just one more...oh, the next is only two pages long....OK, one more....and the next thing you know---the characters are in the middle of a crisis, and you just HAVE to read a bit further. It probably won't win any literary awards, unless you consider shooting to the top of the NYTimes bestseller list is an "award", but it sure is a page turner----and I'm not able to knit a border and turn pages at the same time.
So the little green blob is going to be a dress for the Maggie Rabbit that I will make someday after the kit arrives. I'm sort of putting the dress before the rabbit (cart before the horse) thing. It has some mindless knitting that will allow some reading and page turning.
Like jam making....I can crush, stir, read, and turn pages.....couldn't get that French tarragon planted, though!
Papa Geek's foster elephant is a little boy (most likely less than a year old), named Tundani--for the region in which he was found roaming alone.......and mine is Ajabu, a little girl, her name meaning 'mystery'; she was found following the tour vans on the Tsavo East National Park reserve, thought to be only a couple days old, momma no where to be found--both now rescued and happily living in the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust outside Nairobi.
There are sweet videos of all the elephants and rhinos offered for foster care....the one of Ajabu just stole my heart.....the way she follows her keeper around and the way he shelters her with her own little blanket to keep her back from getting sunburned and rubs sun screen on her baby elephant ears.
We are scheduled to visit the Trust right before we come home.....it's a members only visit, so hopefully I'll be able to take up-close and personal photos of our 'babies'!
65 days.....but who's counting?!
(It was much easier finding adoptive homes and relocating these guys!)
:: waited most of the weekend for the predicted rain to hit, but a couple of quick little sprinkles was all we ever got. It should have been a total gardening weekend, but an encounter with an anthill and the early arrival of flying, biting somethings limited it to sporatic, harried planting. The meyer lemon is potted, a couple blackberry bushes were thrown in the alley flower bed, and some zinnias that threatened to die if not attended to are in the ground. I took a little hand trowel to the weeds between the rows of onions and called that weeding. There is still a cotton plant and climbing rudbeckia (bought why???)....waiting on the patio.
:: the annual art and music festival was this weekend.....our church sold barbeque (to help support the LWW mission trip to Kenya this summer), listened to a lot of great music (the barbeque booth was across from the main stage music venue--- and we sold for 5 hours!), and shopped! Yarn bowl!!! You can tell the yarn bowl was made by a knitter. (The pretty indie dyed yarn with partially knit lovelies setting around in the bowls was sort of a give-away, too!) It easily accommodates a 400+ yard ball of fingering wt yarn, with room to plop a pencil and a few markers.