Friday, May 26, 2006

Another Finished Project

Well, let's see what our friend Blogger does with these photos. I think they are pretty self-explanatory, since no one will confuse the two pictures of my finished black-and-white shawl with either the pretty rose (a David Austin variety called Sceptered Isle) or my poor busted-up driveway. This ruin is the result of a 150-year-old oak tree falling over in Jan. 2005, after all the rain. Needless to say, the driveway had been undermined by the rain as well, and the heavy truck plus many trips with a heavily-loaded bobcat took their toll. Monday is now set for the date to rip this all out and replace it with a nice new concrete driveway. We'll see how it goes. I am of course now having second and third and fourth thoughts about the whole project.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Still Stitching

I decided yesterday before heading out to my Daytimers SnB that what I have on my plate right now is a knitting funk. My projects are--well, to give you an idea, I finished the black-and-white shawl, tossed it in the washer and dryer, and it's still languishing in the dryer. I will get it out and deliver it to its new owner today, I hope. The blue shawl (formerly sweater, see a few days back) is now a LARGE ball of yarn. Other People are getting things done... this is Marie's silk sweater from Interweave Knits. She blogged about it a month or so ago if you want to check it out! Anyway, I grabbed a couple of balls of Jiffy and started another Candleflame Shawl. That seems to be my default pattern these days, and I made a lot of progress on it. Between my time at SnB--which was, as usual, very soul-soothing and inspiring--sitting in the foot dr's chair, and then the quilt guild meeting, I had lots of knitting time. Did a few more rows at the Social Security office today, too. Having mentioned the quilt guild, here's a picture of their current Opportunity Quilt (one can't say raffle, as raffles are "gambling"). Pretty thing, isn't it? The appliques are nicely done, the quilting is exquisite, and we are hoping to get lots of "donations" as this is the guild's main fundraiser this year. Most years, we've done a mini-quilt auction and/or boutique, but this year the decision was made to forego that effort and concentrate on selling opportunity tickets instead. Makes a lot of sense to me!

Sunday, May 21, 2006

One More Thing Done

New rosebushes! Two of them, little shrubby ones, each in its own pot. Right now the pots look kind of overwhelming, but they'll grow into them, right? The color on these is a wonderful fluorescent red, ought to be a nice touch of color for this otherwise rather drab yard. On the knitting front, not much has been done this weekend, but I'm looking forward to a nice evening's worth of knitting. Two hours of my favorite "house porn" Extreme Makeover Home Edition, then maybe a couple of hours of CSI. Tomorrow, I hope I can blog about some progress on the knitting front. Rain is due, which means no temptation to be out in the yard instead of on the knitting couch. I'll take any respite I can from moving the sprinklers around!