Yes, there are signs.
Spring is here again. Those who despise Winter are jumping for joy.
Me - not so much. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy Spring with the flowers popping through the dirt and the Red-Winged Blackbirds singing as loudly as they can. I just hate to see Winter, the season that most people around here do not care for, go. I LOVE it! So peaceful and serene with the earth covered in snow. Oh well, it will be back. I will be patient and enjoy the seasons in between.
I've been busy with my new job. While not as new as it was - I started in December - I'm still learning new things daily. I'm getting a little faster, which is nice. Working from home with very little traveling is so different than what I'd been doing. I'm happy with the switch but do find that it's difficult to sit most all day long. Sometimes, I feel the walls creeping in!
Mom and I have joined the Miami Valley Rug Hooking Guild. What a great group of women and so talented!!! The guild held a Saturday Hook-In a couple of weeks ago. It was loads of fun and so inspiring to see what everyone was working on. Prior to moving to Ohio in 2009, rug hooking was a HUGE part of my life - the studio, teaching, running rug camps and workshops, president of our local guild, etc. In the move, all the rug hooking stuff was packed in boxes and there it stayed until Mom and I found this guild recently. It feels good to get back to the art. At the end of the day, we had a "throw-down" where everyone displayed what they had been working on all day. So much fun!!
The day before the Hook-In was Mom's 85th birthday! The hooking guild surprised her with a birthday cake and the all sang Happy Birthday to her. Again, a wonderful group of women!
On the knitting front - I've been knitting like a fiend! I'm trying to finish up some things that have been relaxing in the various project bags around the house. I'm also trying to get some knitting done for a special event coming up in June. Our younger son is getting married! It will be hot and I've found just the perfect shawl to wear - Echo Beach. I'm knitting it out of Noro Taiyo Sock Yarn - a blend of cotton, silk, wool, and viscose. I LOVE the colors!!!
one colorful and super easy Eyelet Cowl,
Annis, a light little shawlette knit out of a baby alpaca and cotton blend,
a Brioche headband,
Empalme, another beautiful cowl, and
Esjan, a huge interestingly patterned shawl.
Daddy is ready to see warmer weather and so is Lily! Lily became quite a little snow dog this year - heading right through the white stuff undaunted to do her business. Daddy and Lily enjoy their daily walks and will be glad to have the Spring and Summer warmth.
Daddy had left hand surgery in early March - trigger fingers released and carpal tunnel - and is doing well. He'll be glad when he can be two-handed again. Mom will be, too! She'll soon need gardening help.
What is it about company coming to visit that lights a fire under us? Brian, Eryn, and the girls are coming for a quick visit soon and Andy and I have been working like crazy! He's finally gotten back to painting the interior of the house that he started in 2009. It looks wonderful! Last weekend, he finished the downstairs hallway, up the stairs, and the upstairs hallway. Now, I've convinced him to keep on going to the big room at the top of the steps that we call the library. It is a beautiful room that overlooks the backyard. It's painted an awful baby blue. By the end of next week, it will be a bold dark barn red! I can hardly wait! That will leave us one room - the office. I'm thinking mocha.
This past week, our younger son turned 31! My how time flies! Doesn't seem that long ago that he stepped off the plane from South Korea into that airport waiting room. He was 4. Wow! 27 years ago. How does that happen? Just doesn't seem that long ago at all.
Found these two pictures in the "archives". Hard to believe he is all grown up with children of his own.
Gosh, I feel ......... old!
Until next time - which I hope is not near as long as last time - thanks for reading For The Love Of Fiber!