Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Margaret Randolph

Looks as crooked as a dog's hind leg in this picture.

Margaret Randolph
The Scarlet Letter

And there doesn't seem to be anything I can do about it. I feel like something the cat dragged in and just don't feel up to fiddling with it. I had promised pictures of some of my recent stitching acquisitions, but they will have to wait. Our crazy weather wheel stopped on 87 degrees today which has only added to my misery. And part of my day was spent trying to toll these two back home.

They (Victoria on the left and Rio on the right) are firm believers that the grass is greener in the neighbor's field. They also like to visit their old stablemate, Sally. Sally decided that she had a thing for a little pony that lives down the road and left home one day never to return. The neighbor says she is no bother and doesn't mind having her there. 

My sweet son found my book list and ordered the top two on the list. He says they are a gift in return for my chauffeuring him around when his truck was in the shop. I know several people recommended the audio version of The Tsar of Love and Techno, but well, you don't look a gift horse in the mouth. I guess I will just have to struggle through the pronunciations. 

Some recent library loot.

I've finished After the Parade and am currently reading Mink River, which seems to either rate five stars or one star - heavier on the five stars, though. So, I guess I will either really love it or maybe not so much. 

Now I'm going to crawl back in bed with my furry cuddle bug Lola and hope to feel better soon. Thank you for visiting!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Springtime Frolicking?

Well, it has been more like wintertime frolicking. Frolicking being what you need to do to stay warm lately. These two bunnies are doing the only springtime frolicking around here.
Spring Frolic at Bunny Hill
With thy Needle & Thread

I think these bunnies are a lot cuter than the ones I see in my yard. Going back to my son's fear of spiders - I've been known to act just as silly over rodents. And for me, rabbits are just big ole constantly chewing rodents. Before we move on to knitting, I want to assure you that I am not crossing over to the other side (knitting) completely. In fact, I have been quite active in adding to my stitching acquisitions recently. : )

One knitting finish to share
Stockinette Stitch Shawlette
Purl Avenue

Not the most exciting knitting but I found it to be very relaxing. Tassels were optional, but I'm not a tassel kind of person.

I'm currently working on a couple of other things.
Churchmouse Classics Basic Socks

This pattern was recommended to me by Mary as a good first sock to knit. And she was right. I always let the heel put me off of even trying to knit socks but found it to be a lot easier than I thought. And I'm just as excited about my heel as I was about thumbs. I will definitely be using this pattern again. Maybe not on size 1 needles, though. : ) The good thing about them is they make beautiful, tiny stitches, but the bad thing about them is they make beautiful, tiny stitches which make me feel like I'm knitting and knitting and not getting anywhere.

I've also been working on 
Linen Chevron Cowl
Purl Avenue

Right now it just looks like a wrinkled mess. I'm using the suggested yarn, Shibui Linen - I'm not really loving it but getting more used to it. I've been listening to the Serial podcast season 1 while working on this which has been helpful in ignoring the yarn. I want to finish this so I can start this
Rosewater by
Janina Kallio

I may be in love with the color of this yarn - Composition Book Grey. Not at all well represented in this picture.

On the reading front, I'm glad I stuck with 11/22/63. The ending was one I can live with. And I didn't realize it was a mini-series until a couple of you pointed it out. I'm content having read the book and probably won't watch it, though. Currently, I'm reading the second book in the Louise Penny Inspector Gamache series. Interesting to find out that the first two books have been made into movies. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the Jane Austen mysteries by Stephanie Barron. Thank you, Vickie, for recommending these.  I'm so behind in my reading - not sure why and not happy that Goodreads points out just how many books behind schedule I am. I think that I might not set a reading challenge goal next year. I want to enjoy my reading even if it is at a leisurely pace. : )

I've been having some issues lately - (1) medical...the kind that makes you put on your special going to the doctor/hospital undergarments...and (2) computer...the kind that makes you want to pull your hair out, so I'm a little behind on my blog reading. Hopefully, I can catch up in the next couple of days. I appreciate those of you who follow along with my little blog! Hope your days include some fun and some springtime warmth!