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The leaves are starting to peek through, but we won't have the flowers for another month. Still, we have beauties to enjoy, so we can't complain!

I finished the latest mitts for Mitts of Steal. If anyone wants to help, please contact me. I'm currently collecting fingerless mitts for another dialysis clinic in Beaverton. I'll deliver them when I'm there in July. The cuffs need to be no longer than 3" and the mitts should have a thumb, open at the top, so patients can text, knit or read while undergoing treatment.

The pattern is the "Horseshoe Mani Mitts" by Becky Bair (KnitterGirl39) and should be available soon. I was one of the knitters who volunteered to test the pattern. It was very easy to follow. It calls for fingering weight yarn. (I used Imagination in Woodsman.) If you want something for thicker yarn, I can recommend Becky's "Midnight Sky Mitts," available here:

This one calls for holding sport weight yarn double, which is the equivalent of worsted weight. I made a pair each way (one pair with two strands of sport and one pair with worsted weight) and this pattern was easy to follow, too. The mitts take a lot less yarn than to make socks. You can get a pair from about the amount it would take for one sock of equal weight yarn.

Common Threads met on Thursday. Georgette was finishing up a baby blanket.

Lynda helped with the edging. They did two rounds of single crochet all around it. It turned out great!

Thursday night we had a Christian Seder at our church. It was fun learning about the different parts of the Seder with others in our congregation.

Then the priests and the members of the altar guild stripped the altar in preparation for Good Friday.

I CO for Daphne's birthday sweater. I'm hoping it will be pretty big on her. I'm basing it on the "Classy Unisex Cardigan" from Knit on Down by House of White Birches. I'm using Knit Picks Swish DK in Peapod.

The ground is starting to appear from under the snow in some places in our yard. A little patch of vegetation attracted this young neighbor for lunch on Saturday.

Sunday was Easter, of course. Here's the St. Luke's choir singing Vivaldi's Gloria. (I'm the last woman on the left, right next to the men.)

The tulips will come, but in the meantime, there's still time to enjoy the snow with DH and the pups!

What's on my needles: Still the baby alpaca shawl and now Daphne's green cardigan.
What's on my wheel: Still the Louet Corriedale in Olive Green
What's in my hoop: The hand-pieced LeMoyne Star quilt, hibernating.
What's on my spindles: Still the Louet Corriedale in Aqua and the Ashford Mulberry.
What's on my iPad: I just downloaded the BBC version of "Pride and Prejudice! My first video! I'm still listening to The Passage. It will probably take another week to hear the rest of it.
What's my app of the week?: Azul. It lets me view just about any video.
What's in my wine glass: "Two Buck Chuck" (aka Charles Shaw) Merlot.

Note: This blog post was produced entirely on the iPad. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, not even my MacBook, and no Windows were opened, waited for or cleaned.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 4, 2011 at 5:52am
I think the expression has gone out of usage lately. I haven't heard it for a while.
Comment by cherylbwaters on June 3, 2011 at 7:56pm
Oh, that is too funny, Jo!
Comment by KnitWhich? on June 3, 2011 at 10:49am

LOL - You reminded me of a time that I and a friend owned a ski tour company.  One of the people he was speaking to about a tour got bent out of shape for some reason (don't remember why).  He told her "Don't go off half-cocked", and she thought he was being lewd!  He had to explain what the statement meant and where it came from, and she still went off mad!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 27, 2011 at 5:36pm
Cheryl, there are a lot of scary people in Texas! LOL!
Martha, I'm definitely not a PC person! That's DH. When we lived on the boat, we rode pretty low in the water, with all my cast iron cooking pots and stuff, but I had room for my knitting, crocheting and my little Featherweight sewing machine. I don't know if I'd have had room for a spinning wheel if I'd had one, though!
Comment by cherylbwaters on April 27, 2011 at 5:01pm
Well, I could have gone off half-cocked, but instead I was just frustrated. I think guns are beautiful but I really don't like shooting them. We have a couple of antique handguns. So the purpose was for me to be able to have those in car when necessary. Though that has only happened once or twice since we've owned them.
Comment by Martha on April 27, 2011 at 8:20am
Living full time in a RV makes all the paring down lots easier. No room for books or magazines. iPod or nothing. John uses a library- what can I say, he's a PC type of guy. All banking is done online as is almost all communication. The yarn comes the same way. Under the bed is where my stash goes. All-in-all, it works just great!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 27, 2011 at 6:51am
Cheryl, did you go off half-cocked?

Judith, I'm getting my statements, etc., electronically now. Its easier to find and store. No more magazines for me, either. They will be electronic, or I'm not renewing! Even books, if I can get them electronically, I buy. If it isn't available as an eBook, it has to be sensational and extremely useful long-term for me to buy it in paper form!
Trying to pare down is hard!
Comment by cherylbwaters on April 26, 2011 at 9:28pm
Judith, I never doubted that you might have one, nor did I ever think you would use it in that manner. We took a concealed hand gun course several years ago, but I had a difficult time even cocking a revolver and could not cock an automatic at all. The purpose of getting it was so if I had to ever transport our handgun I would be legal. I passed the written portion with no problems. I just couldn't cock those things!
Comment by parisribbons on April 26, 2011 at 9:07pm


I do have a gun, actually 2. Wrex and I used to target shoot and since he worked

nights & we found out I was being watched, he wanted me to have protection. (I

used to be very hot stuff.)

I would never kill myself - all I need is to have God mad at me when I get to the

pearly gates.

I can't get rid of the paper. Some of it is really important. I used to  be very good

at filing the important stuff but the last few years have been very difficult for me

and now I'm completely overwhelmed. I've got to get a grip and get my eating

on track and get back to exercising every day. Blah! It all has to be inside, no

impact and incredibly BORING.

Wendy, you have my profound sympathy. I feel your pain.  -- Judith


Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 26, 2011 at 6:08pm
Retirement, kids grown, etc., but this was a busy week!

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