Monday, May 19, 2014

Finally – It Has Warmed Up!

It has, and the Trillium are blooming in my yard. They are profuse and just beautiful. I feel so blessed to have them in my flower beds, particularly when I didn't put them there. They just grow wild throughout the area where I live. How lucky am I?

The azalea in front of the house is also in full bloom. When I was growing up in Oregon, we used to remark about the fact that Rhododendrens and Azaleas bloomed wild on Mount Hood. Here in the Mid-west they seem more fragile, and their survival depends upon which side of the house they are planted on.

Over the weekend we went up to Door County and about half way through Saturday, I realized that it was the weekend for the Door County Shepherd's Market - an event I seldom miss. It is always the weekend before Memorial Day weekend, and I only think I've missed it once in the last 8 years. So, mid-afternoon, we drove over to the Woodwalk Gallery, where the Market is held. Yes, my husband came along. Most times that would be OK, but I always feel pressed to see everything and get out of there when he is along. He really isn't interested in the yarns, but he goes to please me, or so he thinks.

At any rate, he chose to accompany me, and so we didn't stay long. I found some really yummy shetland sheep yarn and bought enough to make a sweater in 3 natural colors.

I am going to try to be grown up about it, however, and make myself wait to start anything with it until I have finished some of the other projects I have already started. Perhaps I can use this yarn for the 2015 Design-A-Thon pattern. Either that or I could make one of Alice Starmoore's patterns. Her Norway pattern in Fishermen's Sweaters would look really nice with it, although I would like to knit a cardigan rather than a pullover. I think I could adapt the pattern to that configuration without much trouble.

Well, I have Knit Group today, and I just got home from the old house, where there is much rose pruning to do. I'm doing about an hour's worth every day this week. That's all my back will tolerate. See you all soon, and happy knitting.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Bay Lakes Knitting Guild Picnic a Success

A great time was had by about 18 members of the Bay Lakes Knitting Guild last night, and for the first time ever, it didn't rain. We were able to be outside on the deck, albeit with light jackets towards the end of the evening.

This is an annual event, and notorious for its bad weather, but we lucked out. Everyone brings a dish to pass, their beverage of choice, and AJ and I provide burgers and condiments. The food was out of sight magnificent as was the company.

The evening was the culmination of the 2014 Design-A-Thon competition, and four prizes were awarded in two categories: Professional Knitters and Recreational Knitters.  These (see left) were the entries. In the Recreational Knitting category, Beth Harris won first place for her Funky Purse, and Andy Trotti won second place for the knitted wire pin.

In the Professional category, I won first place for the Alpaca Sweater and Zoe Moulton won second prize for the Fair Isle cable mitts.

About a year ago the BLKG received a hefty donation of yarn from the estate of a Green Bay fiber enthusiast, and we have been using that yarn to do charity knitting for Green Bay school children, new-borns at one of the hospitals, and chemo caps. All that yarn resides in my house when not in use, but last night I got it all out and set it up on a couple of banquet tables to encourage our members to choose what they wanted for charity knitting over the summer.

The table above held mostly baby yarn and by the end of the evening was gone by half. Phew! Less  yarn for me to crate up.

All of this came on the heels of a Yarn Crawl we did last weekend between here and Madison. All in all I think we had a very productive, interesting, and informative spring at the Bay Lakes Knitting Guild. If you live within driving distance of Green Bay, you should plan to join us. We meet on the second Thursday of every month, 12 months a year, and we are all pretty passionate about knitting!