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! 
Note:  I changed my comment settings so only members (followers?) of my blog can comment.  We'll see if that works.  I don't like getting spammed by bots.  


Marcie said...

Love all the homey bits and piece in your post, both in images and in your descriptions of daily living. Your colorful sweater is intriguing. I cannot wait to see it done. Hope you will model it for us! Happy Mid-April, my friend.

Hooks and Needles said...

Nice seeing your colourful makes, I too love re-looking at things I've made. Also areas that I've cleaned & decluttered - it's very satisfying seeing order restored.
Yes I am encouraged that God is still on the throne and wants a relationship with me, it blows my mind. Be encouraged & have a good week Cx

Julia said...

So many nice sweaters, socks, and mermaid costumes. I'll be on the look-out for silicone muffin liners. What a great baking idea. Like you, it took a while to feel comfortable with my Heavy Kitchen Aid Food processor and now I love it and use it all the time.
It's so nice getting some new screen doors. It was so nice and warm on Friday, I opened the window to let the fresh air in.
Happy Easter.
Hugs, Julia

Granny Marigold said...

That pretty yarn makes me wish I could have learned to knit. Your sweater and the socks look so comfy.
I never used to want a food processor but now I have 3 in small, medium, and full-sized ( all bought used) and I use them a lot.
Have a blessed week this special week leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Julie said...

You 3 girls look wonderful in your matching sweaters Pom Pom. I love the look of your colourful sweater you are working on ... love the different patterns in it. Hello to dear Timothy. I missed my two furry ones when I was away at Mums & they fret for me so they had both lost weight! A pity I couldn't fret a bit & lose some weight!!!!! Have a lovely week my friend ... always enjoy my visits to your gorgeous blog xxx

Kim said...

I am in love with your colourful sweater....especially those sleeves. Why, you will look oh-so-fabulous wearing this pretty. Food processors are really the best thing...they are rather magical. I do love that pretty shawl. Yes you must fashion one. Have a blessed Easter with your beautiful family. Enjoy a fun-filled celebration♥

Elizabethd said...

Don't the three of you look great in the knits! You will certainly stand out in a crowd in your colourful sweater!
Those mermaid costumes are amazing....clever you.

Connie said...

Wow!!! To be young again and have all this energy. I had a great time tagging along on your adventures and seeing all of your knitting projects. So very colorful and pretty . . . there is even energy in your happy needle work . . . I can almost hear those knitting needles clicking away and singing a song.
Thank you for your prayers, they are truly appreciated.

magsmcc said...

So glad that it's nearly Easter! My little walks happen after the sun goes down but I'm excited to watch the moon grow and grow and get closer to its full self, and then we'll have Easter Sunday. When we can all think about getting closer to our full selves too and why we can x

Lisa Richards said...

All the pretty knitting! And the mermaids are gorgeous! :)

Between Me and You said...

What a 'woolfest'! I love all your knitty stuff and lucky you getting to the yarn festival. I missed out on our one this year because of yet another nasty virus but on the upside, I saved quite a lot of money by not going.You did a great job on the mermaids. They look adorable. Have a great week,

Jeanie said...

That sounds like a fun festival. Loving all your colorful yarn and that adorable bunny in a mug!

Henny Penny said...

Your posts are always fun and interesting. I do like the sweater you are working on. I love big comfortable sweaters and keep three hanging behind the laundry room door.

ellen b. said...

Love the mermaid skirts!! So cute. You did real good. What a contrast from those Florida beach scenes and the snow scenes.
Looking forward with you in reflecting on what the events of this week in history mean to us.

Kit said...

Hello! Everything looks lovely. I am just in love with your mermaid costumes. 😊 I hope you have a very lovely Easter! Kit

happyone said...

Oh so nice to see and read what you've been up too.
I like walking around the wool and yarn festivals.

Farm Girl said...

What a nice post! I love seeing all of the bright colors and all the fun your family is having. Of course Tim is such a cutie. I love those costumes!! They are awesome! What a hard job that must have been.
I enjoy stopping by your happy blog.

Lowcarb team member said...

I so enjoyed reading your post.
You've been up to a lot of good things, and I loved seeing all of your photographs … from mermaids to helpful gnomes … to snow pictures to sea pictures … just a delight.

Enjoy the rest of your week and with Easter so near I wish you (an early) Happy Easter.

All the best Jan

GretchenJoanna said...

You have been so busy - I'm glad yarn and knitting were part of the fun! I think that sleeve variation is the darlingest!

Do you have that muffin recipe of Kim's in an easily sendable form? Because those are the ones she served me and I forgot to get it from her.

The Liberty Belle said...

Don't you just love the feel of a gentle breeze through a screen door on a warm day?! The sweaters are very nice.

Pom Pom said...

Just testing out the commenting. Yikes! It's confusing and I don't want the bots visiting! I hope it's all sorted!

M.K. said...

I also don't like all that spam commenting :( It's a trial. Somehow along the line I lost having my comments come to my email, and now I don't know when comments happen.
Mr. Timothy Lazybones is a perfect and elegant name!
All your yarn and knitting looks so lovely. My hands are achy and I have to it in little bits.
So glad your family is active and the kids are very involved. Looks like lots of fun for them and you.