Remember I said I had started a new blanket? I am using my UK yarn that I ordered a while back. It is such a basket of yummy colors, that I almost hated to dig into it.
I am using a pattern that I found on Annette's blog.
The yarn she used was a heavier weight, and looks somewhat different because there are no open spaces. The yarn I am using is a DK weight, which is one under worsted. I have not used this type of yarn before, and it is quite different. But I am loving the way it is crocheting up. A perfect summer weight blanket, in such light and dreamy colors. Here is how it is shaping up so far.
We (as in I) have been working on the fitness room, and guest bedroom. Yesterday after dropping Noah to school, I went to my favorite Thrift. They do a 50% off every 1st and 3rd Friday. I got the perfect sized night table for the guest bedroom. I wish that they had had two, even though it was not my plan to use two in there. The one will do nicely.
The Ernie Els picture that my friend Rob the photographer took at Pebble Beach for us is now in the fitness/sports room. Beneath that is a signed photograph of Michael Jordan and two of his cards that Greg's cousin Cory got for us.
Across the room, a signed baseball jacket that our friend donated for an auction that my Dad was involved in organizing. My Dad wound up bidding on, and ultimately buying the jacket, and then gave it to us.Greg has collected golf balls from all of the golf courses he has played on. We need to get a display to hold those so we can put that in here. All in all, both rooms are shaping up nicely. Now, if we keep using the fitness room, maybe Geeps and I will shape up nicely too!!!!
A couple other things I found thrifting on Friday. This Cath Kidston book that I LOVE!!! For those who may not know, Cath Kidston is an English designer. She has many wonderful books and shops with her products. Her things are just dreamy!!! This book was ONE dollar. It has a paper jacket, but the jacket was slightly torn, so I removed it. I prefer the pretty blue of the book this way. Also another book that piqued my interest. I have not heard of this author before. Although she is not English herself, she adores visiting England, and has been on many occasions. She has written several books, and a couple of others that are about England as well. I have only just begun this, but I can tell already that I am going to LOVE it!!! Some of my very favorite books of all time were written by English authors, about a place I so hope to one day visit!!
Even this one rather provocative picture of a sketching of a naked lady having a bubble bath. She says it hangs in her bath in her country home. Even though I am sometimes called a "prude" or my personal favorite by my kids, "an English school Marm" I adore this photo. I would love to have a copy to hang in my bathroom!!!
Isn't that great!!! I love it!
At any rate, both books, for one dollar. Oh and one more find. I got these two darling heavy ironstone mugs.
I love this color combination. In fact, I am in the process of adding a touch of blue to the brown and sand colored bathroom now.
I am sipping my hot tea from one of these mugs this very minute.
Lastly today, I want to share with you something that my friend Denise made for me. Last week when the "Knitty Biddies" were gathered here at my house, I sent everyone home with oranges and avocados, and half a dozen fresh eggs from my hens. When the "Knitty Bitties" met on Thursday this week, Denise said she had something for all of us. She said she couldn't bare to just toss those beautiful egg shells, so when she used them, she cracked them ever so gently so she could make this darling craft. She carefully cracked the shells about two thirds of the way from bottom, and then washed and dried the shells. Using some paper excelsior, or Easter basket grass, she put a tiny dab of glue in bottom of shell, then added grass, and these cute little fuzzy chicks. Topping the heads with the small top piece of egg shell. They were just darling! Some even had two chicks inside one shell.
We all thought that they were adorable! So I have been cracking eggs ever so carefully, so that I can gather enough to do this little craft with my grandchildren one day next week. I think they will really get a kick out of making these.
I had Geeps bring my pretty little primrose inside so that the rain doesn't pelt them to death. They are so happy, and just say SPRING to me!
If you made all the way to end with me......Happy Saturday! Happy St. Patrick's Day! Enjoy the weekend...whatever you may be doing!!!