Saturday, April 15, 2006

Welcome!


Hello. It is a beautiful warm Saturday Spring morning. There will be no Easter Dust (snow) this year. The daffodils and tulips my cousins planted in my lawn along the driveway are ready to bloom tomorrow.

Mona, my dog, has learned to not tread over the sprouting plants among the grass. Every year either the daffodils or the tulips bloom on Easter morning. (Except last year, last year was different.) This year I will have both. These gifts they placed for me several years ago, bring me much pleasure.

Until December I was a crocheter. I had tried knitting. Even completed 3/4 of a sweater 23 years ago, didn't enjoy any of it. The needles were cold and uncomfortable, I was very slow, it seemed tedious and admittedly too involving. Then I tried to change Christmas. I felt it had become too monetary. I wanted to give something that was more meaningful to those I love. I was in one of the local thrifty grocery/department stores looking for yarn to crochet scarves, when I found the fun furs. Those jewel tone colors! But all of the patterns on the skein labels were for knitted scarves. I hesitated. This found me eye to eye with the swatches. Very nice swatches. I reread the label. The US 19 wooden needles looked like it would be pretty quick to do. Those colors would be just perfect for my nieces. And the yarn was on sale! (I am now convinced the starw were aligned, for there are no coincidences.) How could I not try it? If I needed help, I thought I could go to my friend/sister-in-law who knits, or perhaps find some information on the web. Oh, what I have learned on the web! How to knit, purl, yo, ssk, cable and TURN A HEEL! I made seven scarves for Christmas. Since then I've done a baby hat, booties, dishcloths, socks and a pair of mittens. I've had fun! I've also managed to accumulate a stash, a mini library of books, and discovered a whole world of knitters on the web. I am very grateful to the many people who have provided so much information and inspiration.

I hope all of you have some of this beautiful sunshine.

1 comment:

Judy said...

Hope you had a nice Easter. Love the picture of Mona. I recently rescued another weimaraner. She's 3 yrs. old and had some health issues that I'm hoping will be resolved soon. Dino has adjusted well to the change except he wants to play rough and she's not that interested in it...maybe when she feels better. Also, the new dog "Phoebe" (her name was originally Fee and I added a syllable) is therapy certified, so I may as early as next month start visiting retirement centers and hospitals.
Take care,
Judy