Sunday, April 14, 2019

April Stuff

 I don't think I told you that April and I met up at the Interweave Yarn Festival in Loveland, Colorado. Oh, it was inspiring to see all of the lovely wool and other fiber treats.  You pay to get into the marketplace, so I didn't feel compelled to buy anything, but of course I did!  The yellow fingering weight skein on the right is as soft as a feather.  I think I'll use it in a shawl.  My favorite wool is Nebraska based Brown Sheep.  I always buy their wool when I go to the fest.  The prices are very reasonable. 
 Isn't this a gorgeous shawl?  I think I have a similar pattern in my collection, so I may copy.
 They had rabbit yarn, too.  I was reminded that even though I almost always use wool or alpaca yarn, I do not like to pay high prices. 
 April and I had our own little knit along.  We both made the Flax sweater by Tin Can Knits.  She was finished with hers way before I was, but I DID finish.  While she waited for slow Granny to get her project off the needles, she made a Flax for Cadence!  Here we are in our twin sweaters.
 Brad and April's church put on a conference and Bill spoke for one of the sessions.  I rode along and stayed with the kids while the adults attended the event.  FUN! 

Bill had two little garden gnomes help him rake up dead pine needles. 

 After that we went to a nearby school to play.  It was lovely THAT Saturday, but THIS Saturday was cold and a bit snowy.
 We needed two new screen doors.  Now the warm spring air can blow through the house. 

I'm working on my colorful sweater and I am nearing the finish line.  It's so very bright and random.  I'm not sure I'll be wearing it out where it might draw attention to me.  I do like the way the Brown Sheep wool knits up.  
 I decided to make a few changes to the pattern.  I wanted to tone down the shape of the sleeves so I added some corrugated rib and a picot hem.  Do you like it?  It's very heavy and it hurts my arms and elbows when I work on it for too long. 
 Sometimes I like to get things I've made out of their hiding places and just gaze at them.  Even though I made some mistakes on these two pair of socks, I am still happy with them.

Kelli and Bryan's Christian theater company is going along well and it's almost show time!  Jenny has been helping with scenery.  All five local granddaughters are in the show.  
Would you like to see some of the mermaids?  They like their skirts I made.  Yay!
 Here is Mr. Lazybones. 
 Our Jenny just returned from a Florida vacation.  She said it is HOT in Florida and necessary to stay at the beach. 
  I think the girls had LOTS of fun, don't you?
 Brad and April took the kids up to Rocky Mountain National Park yesterday for a sledding outing.  They enjoyed a tea party, too!
Kim for My Field of Dreams gave me a delicious dairy-free/gluten-free carrot muffin recipe.  She told me that gluten-free baked goods can be sticky so I ordered silicone cupcake tin liners.  Wow!  They work so well!  The carrot muffins/cupcakes were delicious!  Thank you, Kim!

Well, I've been knitting, cleaning up my computer (it's running faster now!) and doing other inside things.  It's time to go outside and walk.  As things green up around the neighborhood, I'll start bringing my camera along.
Spaghetti with meat sauce for dinner (gluten-free pasta is pretty good!)
Oh!  I finally made friends with my food processor.  It scared me for the longest time, but I realize now that it is an amazing little kitchen work horse, so I gave it some room on the counter.  I plan on stretching my cooking to include a little less "easy" and a bit more "doing".  
Thank you for popping in today.
I hope your spring (or your fall if you are a down under friend) is going along well and that you are finding happy things to do and that you are encouraged that you are deeply loved by the KING of the universe.  It's almost Easter! 
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