Spring has Sprung!

Spring has Sprung!

Welcome Spring – come on in! Sit down and stay for awhile!! Are you all as excited as I am that we ushered in spring last night? Boy oh boy – I can tell you that this household certainly is! And, it seems that as March came roaring in like a ravaging lion, the forecast for the next 8 days are more lamb-like! We are supposed to reach 50 degrees today – and it is supposed to rain! Unlike the song – rainy days and “Wednesdays” don’t always get me down! The rain will be welcome – something to wash all the dirt away. Something to help perk up the grass and encourage the tulips and daffodils to bloom! With a week of 50 degree temperatures, by the weekend there will be color everywhere!

I have been looking through the new Knitty.com and there are several patterns that have caught my eye! Tahoe is certainly a lovely sweater!

I love the drape of the yarn and the sleeves! Debbie Bliss and Koigu – can you get a better combination than this?

What about Bauble? I have not done any bead knitting, but the colors drew me in!
Nice? I love this! This would match much of what is in my “spring” closet! Michaels here I come!

Then I saw these… Quill Lace socks!

Okay, I can see my daughter in these – I don’t have any Lisa Souza yarn, but I do have a goodly amount of sock yarn in my stash – I will have to finish my Bloomin’ Feet Socks and cast these beauties on!

But, the thing that really caught my eye was More stripes!
I have some Noro Silk Garden in my stash – all I need are 4 skeins of a contrasting color. I think that will not break my New Year’s Resolution too badly – so I am heading for my LYS to get the yarn! This sweater will also help me with my resolution – it is “steeked” – so I will be learning a new technique as well! I need to knit furiously on my Simple Knitted Bodice so I can cast this beauty on!
Have a wonderful day as you usher in spring to your neighborhood!
Sunday Blues

Sunday Blues

It is a chilly day here in West Michigan – a mere 29 degrees out. Here is a picture of our morning sky though – there is blue sky and do you see the buds on the trees?


It amazes me that just a couple of warm days and buds appear on the trees and tulips and daffodils are coming up.

Last night I had dinner with some friends to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – I really wonder how much green beer is served in Ireland! We went to our local pizza parlour – I know, there is some real Irish fare! They had a band that was not very Irish either, so I was home early. Plus, I had work calls – I need to counsel those people on getting a life!

I worked on SKB yesterday and I have plans to knit much more on it today – while I watch March Madness this afternoon. Knitting and college hoops, what a great afternoon. Sunday nights used to be a much better television night when Grey’s was on – how many of you are watching the Apprentice this season? It has not impressed me at all. I am ready for the “Reality Show” phenomenon to fade away. It seems to be an insult to one’s intelligence – or have we all become voyuers – wanting to peer in to other’s lives – lives that are orchestrated by directors. Seems a bit odd to me – but, maybe I am odd! After all, I blog about my life so you all can read about it!! And, as you can see – I read about your lives too! Okay, I definately need to get a life! That is most certainly true! (There is my Lutheran comment for the day!)

Have a relaxing Sunday everyone!

Frenzied Friday!

It is March and Madness has arrived! For those of you who don’t know, I absolutely love March Madness. I have my brackets filled in, there is smack talk around the coffee pot at work, and I have my $5 in the office pool! What can be more fun than hours of college basketball and March?!

March is also a birthday month for some friends of mine! Not only is March 17th Saint Patrick’s Day – it is also the birthday of Lynne and Ruby! Stop by and wish them a Happy Birthday!!

Several of you asked me what SKB was – sorry about that. I thought I was the only knitter who had yet to cast on Stitch Diva’s Simple Knitted Bodice – now you all know, SKB = Simple Knitted Bodice. A decidedly feminine sweater that is knitting up quickly! What more can a girl ask for as spring is looming on the horizon!

I heard from the weather man that a warming trend is going to usher in the end of the month – this is good since March roared in like a lion!! I am not holding my breath for no more snow this month, but even it more white stuff falls I know it won’t last!!

Hopefully you all will have an awesome Friday and an even better weekend. Oh, and Lynne and Ruby – you have the most happiest and blessed birthdays!!

Spring? Or winter?

Well, only in Michigan can the weather go from 68 degrees one day to 34 degrees the next. Spring is challenging Winter and the Old Man is not quite ready to give up yet. Keep on trying Spring – he can’t hang on that much longer!

Judy is having a little contest that you might want to stop by and see. Put on your creative cap and write up a post for her sock adventures! There will be 3 lucky winners and you have until the 17th to enter. Get on over there!!

On the knitting front – I am working on my Bloomin’ Feet socks for my pal – they are coming along. I am about an inch from my toe decreases on sock #1. I have been knitting on my lunch hour – it is a nice break for me during the day! As I knit, I think good thoughts about my sock recipient – I think these socks are gonna look awesome on her feet!

I also pulled some yarn out of my stash and cast on SKB – yes, I know – everyone has already knit this! But, I had some lovely Berroco Ultra Alpaca in an awesome hot pink shade and I thought – this is just the “pick me up” I need. I am working through the neck and shoulder increases. I am liking the yarn alot as well.

Several weeks ago I went to a doctor who had been an OB-GYN, but she is now doing Women’s Mid-life health. It was an eye opening visit. First of all, to have a physician talk to me for over an hour was shocking, to say the least. When the longest time you ever get to spend with your physician is what, 4 nano-seconds at best? I was impressed to say the least. She listened, asked questions… and she put me on some medication – which is doing amazing things, I might add! She also scheduled me for a bone density scan and a follow up with her in a few weeks. The one thing I kept thinking was something she said to me, women take care of themselves last. This is very true! So, my fellow readers – please take heed. If you are over 40 you need to have a mamogram. When was your last pap test? Have you had your blood pressure taken recently? Do you know what your cholesterol levels are? Do these things for you!! YOU are worth it! If your doctor is one on the nano-second chart – tell him or her that you’d like a bit more time. Write your questions down if you need to!! Okay, I will get off my soap box now!! But, remember – I care about you, take care of yourself! 🙂

Have an awesome Thursday everyone. Keep on cheering Spring on!!

Rainy Days and Mondays…

Gentle Readers, it seems that spring is creeping into West Michigan! Yesterday the temperature soared to 50 degrees – and when I woke this morning, it had not dipped below 40 degrees out. They are predicting a warm day today – with a sprinkling of rain. Rain on! It will help wash away that dirty snow! Tomorrow – be still my soul – a whopping 60 degrees are predicted!

Don’t you just love the progression of seasons? I certainly do – it is so comforting. Without any work from us, each season arrives with it’s unique gifts. As the days lengthen and the weather warms, I am so happy to be alive and experiencing every moment of it.

I knit quite a bit yesterday on my Bloomin’ Feet socks. I am almost to the toe on sock one, and will hopefully have it completed this week! I love the pattern I selected – it is a fun sock to knit!

Have an awesome Monday everyone… enjoy your day!

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