I finally broke out the camera today since the weather wasn't as grey as it has been.
I received this lovely R.A.O.K. from Diane of Knitting Zeal. She had read about my winter blues and sent me the lamb fairy to cheer me up until Spring arrived. She also included some stitch markers and a notepad! Thanks so much, Diane, it definitely did the trick. I haven't been feeling as blah about the weather since it arrived.
This is the yarn I acquired from Kathy's Kreations in Ligonier, PA when I took a trip out there with Cheryl on Monday. It's Mountain Colors Bearfoot in Northern Lights. It was the last skein of Mountain Colors that they hand and I could not resist. It's lovely and I hated to put it away in the stash closet last night because I just want to look at it forever.
Speaking of Cheryl, she gave me this little garden gnome as a belated birthday present! I had been talking about getting a garden gnome for the yard and she went to a ceramics studio, spotted this little guy and painted him for me. I love him! His name is Sven C. Copperpot. I'm considering keeping as a house gnome since I don't want anything to happen to him outside. I might put him on the porch to watch over my herb garden this summer. We will see. Googling for garden gnomes turns up sites for selling gnomes, mutilated gnomes, a gnome reserve in South Devon ( home to 1000+ gnomes and pixies! Why didn't I know about this when we lived in England??), an advocacy site for Garden Gnome Liberation and even a CNN article about said Liberation group.
Amy wanted to know what color Peace Fleece I am using for the cardi I am making. It's called Ancient Fern, a.k.a "Stari Paporotnik" in Russian and is described as "A rich brown, burgundy heather with flecks of green." It's really gorgeous and has more depth to it than a plain dark brown. I'm almost up the the point in the cardi where I can put the armhole stitches on holders and then just knit the body.
And finally, a little tiny sweater! I made it last night while watching television. It's for my guild meetings. I'm not actually that pleased with this. I like the striping I did but the neck and finishing are wonky. The pattern is the Egg Cosy from Weekend Knitting and the yarn is Rowan Kid Classic. I might make another sweater out of some Koigu scraps that I have been saving and try the tiny sweater pattern from Last Minute Knitted Gifts this time. That is knit in the round so I won't have to do as much finishing!
Happy Easter if you celebrate and happy weekend if you don't. We're having Matt's parents over for dinner on Sunday. It's only the 3rd meal I have cooked for them. I hope everything turns out ok!
P.S. How about an Easter contest? If you can tell me the name of the movie that is referenced in this post, I will send out a small surprise to the winner! If there is more than one correct guess, I will draw a random name. Email me (the link is on my sidebar) with your guess by Monday and I'll pick the winner on Tuesday.