Yep, that's me! I was one lucky girl today! Some of you may recall me mentioning Sara, one of our Saturday knitters, many times on this blog. I am in awe of her talents. She not only knits but is a potter and beadmaker.
She reminds me of me. I was always into fiber stuff and went along with my mother to a weekly stitching group in my early teens. Even in my rug hooking guild, I was always the youngest member. I did needlepoint, tatting, knitting, rug braiding, rug hooking, twined rugs, cross-stitch, etc. Anything with fiber was fair game. I really enjoyed making things.
No question about it - Sara is a knitting machine. Not just any knitting machine - a LACE knitting machine. She turns out the most beautiful shawls right and left.
When I arrived at knitting today, Sara handed me a gift bag. I pulled out the tissue paper and unwrapped THIS GORGEOUS SHAWL!
The pattern is Radiance. It is SO pretty! She used Ella Rae Sock Yarn and the colors are perfect for me - kind of olive green - gray with sparks of yellow. LOVE IT!
Actually, there were two lucky girls today at knitting! Joanne was also a recipient of Sara's generosity. Joanne loves Paris, France and is especially fond of the Eiffel Tower. So, nothing would do but for Sara to knit the Eiffel Tower Shawl for Joanne. How absolutely perfect for her! Sara used Dream in Color's Smooshy Baby Alpaca yarn for this project. What a great shade of red. I know Joanne will treasure this.
Sara and her family are die hard Cincinnati Reds baseball fans. Both she and her mother knit baseball hats to wear to Opening Day this Thursday. I think they should knit a whole bunch of baseball hats and sell them at the game. I bet they'd sell out in a jiffy! A great way to make yarn money, too!
We had storms last night. It was a beautiful day and then the clouds rolled in. I love to watch the sky. I sat out on the front porch last night and watched the storm approach. It was a light show courtesy of Mother Nature. The picture is a bit fuzzy due to the lighting, etc. I had to have a very fast finger to catch the lightning bolt in the upper left corner. It lit up the navy sky to this beautiful shade of pink-purple cast.
This upcoming week is supposed to be a rainy one. Andy has already had the inaugural mowing this year. It was just the beginning. He leaves tomorrow for a week of work in Virginia. By the time he returns, I'm sure the grass will need a good cut.
Andy has been home for two weeks - the longest spell since November 2011 - and has made great progress in the basement. The bathroom walls and the walls in the under-the-stairs space are all up and patched. The plumbing and building inspectors both came out this week and blessed everything. The building inspector will need to come again when everything is completed. Next, we have to drop the ceiling tiles in place and put the tile floor down. Then, it will be time to position the toilet and cabinet in the bathroom and the cabinets and sink in the kitchen area. I can hardly wait! I think I can see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel! Very exciting!