Friday, March 30, 2012

Yay, Lambs!

EstonianHandPuppetWithLavenderBunchMarch is nearly over; therefore, I declare it is time for lambs. I will still allow for Lambert the Sheepish Lion to visit, but that is about it. Things are improving, and good things are happening. I am still waiting to hear the verdict on my computer, but the last report was hopeful. I figure I will know something early next week. In the meantime, I am coping with the stressful aspects of life by knitting itty-bitty bunnies, giving them away, and entering the contest.

Beyond that, I do not think I am getting much done, but it is Spring Break, so that means for a lot of Aunt Sarah time. Speaking of my auntliness, my sister's baby is soon to make his way into the world, but he is not headed in the right direction. So, if you have a moment, Rufus (that is what Bruce is calling him) could use your prayers and encouragement.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Technical Difficulties

The laptop is in trouble, and that makes for some inconveniences. For one thing, today I have to show you an old picture. However, it is a good picture, because these just might be my favorite flowers. It is good to focus on favorite things when the world is coated in pollen. At least the violets are in bloom.

With my time away from the computer, you would think I would be making great progress on everything else, but then you would remember that we are talking about me, and all expectations are out the door. I am not getting much of any one thing done because I have too many things going on at once. I have something going on both the Ashford and Cricket looms, and I have removed something that did not work on the inkle loom. I could use three or four more shuttles for the piece on the Cricket, and I think Bruce is going to make them for me, so that is good.

I am keeping the needles going, and I believe I have made it to the halfway mark on my Rata Lace Scarf. The pattern continues to fascinate me, but I really want to finish it. Mostly this is because I cannot wait to see the lace after blocking, but also because I want to wear it. Our temperatures have been in the eighties, so a bamboo lace scarf is more suitable than some of the others I have.

Mostly, however, I have been recovering from last week. It really was not anything major, but a lot of things that, after the frustration, just resulted in a pile of sad. There was just so much of it that it was a bit overwhelming. It all just rather drained us, and it has taken more than a minute to get up and going after it. I can tell just how exhausting it all was because whenever I sit down to read my book I fall asleep. I have finally stopped fighting it, and have taken a few extra naps. I think I need it, because there is a chance I could end up at a Junior League American Girl fashion show this weekend.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Random Like a Lion

Well, we are glad that the beginning blast of March weather did not make its way any closer to us. I just kept the television on in the background to keep an eye on things, and curled up with the Kindle and finished reading a book. However, after finishing, I have kind of floundered, not really able to settle on anything. I knit some, but interruptions prevented any real progress. I even considered making more owl hats, but I could not find my crochet hooks. Rather than make you worry and wait, I will let you in on that mystery--I had put the hooks away where they belong. Imagine that!

We followed that with Aunt Sarah duty with a just-unwell-enough-to-need-to-stay-home-nephew. He remembered to bring his uke along, and we made great progress. I gave him a new set of strings, and he is one chord away from being able to play one of his favorites, "This Land is Your Land." Oddly enough, he was rather unimpressed with my rendition of "Hungry Like the Wolf."

After that, it was a flurry of housework that ran headlong into an unexpected out-of-town visitor, and then one we were planning on having. I had hoped for a quiet, plain, boring, nothing day, but it is not likely to happen anytime soon. Maybe one week from tomorrow, but that is the Ides of March, and I will probably not have the power to beware.

Probably most of tonight will be a not sleeping one, but maybe I will knit. I just hope everyone else sleeps in, and I can secure large quantities of coffee.

Did I mention that I volunteered to give a weaving demonstration next week?