Friday, February 16, 2007

IT JUST HAPPENED...REALLY I was looking through my three Elsebeth Lavold books from her Viking series to see if the pattern my friend Sabrina was asking about was in one of them (it wasn't but she found her book so the world is again in alignment). As you would expect I oooohed and ahhhhed over the patterns and found myself over at EBay clicking the "buy now button" for a pile of her cotton patine. I'm a latecomer to the joys of buying from EBay but I'm catching up fast. The seller was amazingly prompt and even included the angelfish tape measure for free. Sabrina has suggested that we find a pattern that we both like and knit ourselves matching sweaters. Since we are vastly different as to shape and size it will be interesting to see how things turn out. We'd like to use a EL pattern.

Claude continues but I don't want to keep posting every inch that I've knitted. I'm also almost through with another pair of fun summer pants. We're heading over to Utah and Phoenix next week so having warm weather clothes will be nice.
This is the jacket I want to use the yarn for. It looks pretty complicated but I think I can do it. It would be just perfect for summer. A few days later Sabrina herself came by after riding her horse (it's boarded a few miles from here) and we knitted up a storm while drinking tea and eating brown sugar cookies which were featured in the latest issue of Cook's Illustrated. Hubby liked them so much that he has requested that I make them again (and had a slight problem with me sending a baggie of cookies home with Sabrina for her hubby).
Personally I am off sugar, even fruit sugars for a few days. I have done something wicked to my left shoulder and am in pain. It's difficult to raise my left arm. Never fear though - I am still able to knit and sew thankfully. I've been adjusted twice and things seem to be calming down. New pillow? Sitting at an angle while knitting? I don't consider myself much of a delicate flower but something went wrong.

I attempted to try and get a photo that gave the illusion of Omar standing on the yarn. This is the best of the lot.

Ollie felt that he was being ignored the other night (and he was, I was a bad parent). What you can't tell from the photo is that he is slowly and quietly flexing his claws. I have the holes to prove it. Yes, I was good. I stopped and gave him a huge cuddle. He likes to lie back in your arms (while on his back) and have you stroke his tummy. He's a big cat running 16 to 17.5 pounds and after a while your arms just get so tired. Maybe that is what happened to my shoulder though this is not the first time I've done this.

While parts of the US and Canada complain about frozen nose hairs we are basking in 70F weather. Spring as only California can do it. After seeing the chiropractor I took Omar up to one of the larger NID canals and power walked for almost two hours. It was gorgeous and so mild I wish I had worn shorts. Dappled sunshine, a gurgling canal along one side deep forest along both sides, almost no one else out on the trail. It was a gift of a day.
The first crocus are out and looking like liquid sunshine.

The last rains helped the lichen puff up and turn green. A few daffodils have opened. It's always a surprise to see what has survived the gophers.


At 7:41 AM, Blogger Lisa L said...

Thanks for the pictures - they are beautiful! It gives me hope that Spring will return - it's a little hard to believe after all the snow we received on Wednesday!

At 8:22 AM, Blogger Trish - My Merino Mantra said...

You have FLOWERS blooming? Wow, gorgeous. I love the sweater choice. I considered making that same one, only shortening it. Can't wait to see it.

At 4:16 PM, Blogger Valerie said...

What does injuring your shoulder have to do with going off sugar? At any rate, I hope the shoulder heals fast... and that you have a great trip!

That really DOES look like Omar's standing on the yarn. Hilarious!


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