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But first, an update on my latest FO! I posted a photo of my finished BSJ in the comments section of my blog last week.

The yarn is Comfy Sport in "Creme Brulee" and "Ivory." Here's a closeup of the front detail. I created this detail because I decided to do a M1R, K1, M1L for the increases in the front, and then didn't like the holes created.

It looks sort of like cross stitch. The BSJ can be found several places, such as The Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmermann, which also has the bonnet pattern. (The book is on sale right now!)

I was supposed to go to the nursing home yesterday with Sunny for pet therapy for the patients, but we were snowed in! This is the first time we've been actually snowed in since we've lived here. Here's DH cleaning the driveway around lunchtime. (Psst! It wasn't done snowing. We got more after this photo!)

He spent 2 1/2 hours with the shovel and the snow blower! I'm so glad we didn't get a dump like this right after he had his shoulder surgery!

It was so bad, our milkman couldn't get to our house. He called in the morning and explained that his chains had broken. No problem--for me, anyway. I had enough of everything to last until he got here. He couldn't have gotten to our front door without going through waist-high snow anyway. He finally got to our house last night.

The upside to being snowed in is, you have more time to knit or quilt. In my case, I want to finish the baby quilt (see below) before starting any more knitting projects.

Tomorrow is supposed to be clear. I hope so, because my quilting minigroup "Vintage Stitchers" is coming here for a trunk show. I hope to have some photos of Tina's quilts in next week's blog. Our "Common Threads" group met last Thursday. That group is made up of quilters, knitters and other stitchery enthusiasts. Karan, our hostess for Common Threads last week, showed off her first pair of KP socks from the kit "Speedy Sport Socks."

It's fun being in groups with both knitters and quilters, because they go back and forth between the two crafts/art forms, as I do.

Saturday brought the usual doggy snowshoe. Here fellow snowshoer Jay helps Annemarie get up, while Annemarie's Eddy watches. (You don't have to have a dog to go on a doggy snowshoe.)

Jay doesn't have a dog, but his wife has a horse and writes steamy novels. She hired me to be the proofreader once because her regular proofer wasn't available. I was forced to read the steamy parts (a lot of the book!), because there might have been a typo, and she was paying me to read them. [Blush!]

Having finished the second BSJ for DD's little Daphne, due June 6th, I turned back to the bunny block from Hop To It! by Edyta Sitar. I'm making progress:

The fabric to the left is the backing and my focus fabric for the quilt top. It's Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit Garden Scene. To finish the block, I have to applique the eye, nose and mouth, and then another stem with leaves and a berry. The rest of the quilt will be pieced. I hope to get the piecing done next week, as I have an "appointment" with my friend Julie for machine quilting in May. The applique is getting easier, but I still don't have the dexterity I had before I had to give up quilting due to thumb pain. I'm finding my eyes are worse, too. I have to use a pair of clip-on magnifiers and my Ott light to be able to see. My actual vison is fine with my glasses, but as I get older, I need increasing amounts of light to see what I'm doing. (It would help if the sun came out for a while!)

Of course, I have been enjoying "hanging out" with my Knitting Community buddies, and you know who you are! I'm not a knitting expert ala Elizabeth Zimmermann or Barbara Walker, but I've had a lot of experience, if anyone needs help. (Get me while you can! I will be pretty busy this summer.)

What's on my needles: Finishing up DH's Fair Isle sleeveless cardi
What's on my wheel: Still the baby alpaca, but I'm making progress. I've plied the first two bobbins from this batch. Just a little to go.
What's on my spindle: Still the Ashford Merino and Silk in "Mulberry."
What's on my quilting frame: Bunny Block from Hop To It (see above).
What's on my iPod: Just finished Sarah's Cottage by D. E. Stevenson, and have gone back to Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Prodigal Son (Book 1 of the Trilogy). I really like Audible and am looking forward to downloading more books for my trip to Wisconsin the end of May, to be with DD when Daphne is born. I forgot to mention last week that I finished Lorna Doone, downloaded from I read the last three chapters in written form through Project Gutenberg. Their volunteer readers are all very good, but I found the accent of one of the readers very distracting, so I resorted to reading the last three chapters while knitting the BSJ, rather than listening to it.
What's on my Zen Nano: Knitting podcasts, mostly, such as Sticks and String, and, of course, Kelley's wonderful podcast, my favorite! (I'm on the verge of KP podcast withdrawal, since there was no podcast last week.)

What's on my Wish List: (New addition to my posts!) The Knitter's Book of Wool by Clara Parkes.

Happy knitting, everyone! "See" you around the Knitting Community! --P

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Comment by cherylbwaters on April 11, 2010 at 12:12pm
My young Chinese friend, Evelyn, is always commenting how many buildings are lit up at night when no one is using that energy and what a waste of energy.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 11, 2010 at 6:49am
Like "Earth Hour," LOL! --P
Comment by cherylbwaters on April 10, 2010 at 6:25pm
Well, all of Houston's power lines are up on poles. So when Hurricane Ike came through it was the most amazing "green thunderstorm" a/k/a transformers blowing all over the city. ♥c
Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 10, 2010 at 6:01am
When we had our blizzard Tuesday, I was amazed that the power didn't go off! I guess it was too cold for anyone to be digging trenches where they shouldn't.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on April 9, 2010 at 5:37pm
No thanks! I live about as far north as I care to live, and about as far south as I care to live. At least we have about 6 months of decent weather each year... so this climate is relatively tolerable. Of course when August gets here and the temps are 90º and the humidity is sitting at 99% with the sun blazing, I would love some snow! ♥s
Comment by cherylbwaters on April 9, 2010 at 5:31pm
Judith, you will certainly be in our hearts. We will keep our fingers crossed, when not knitting, for you.

Lena, I can't imagine being so cold. Poor little Fritz. Bet he would like to cuddle tonight. Try to stay warm.

Susan, we are having unusually cool weather here but not as cold as yours and especially not as cold as Lena's. No. 2 son was just asking us if we would like to move to Canada. Brrrr..... ♥c
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on April 9, 2010 at 3:39pm
Lena, We didn't get any snow or high winds... but the bit of rain we got yesterday made our temps drop into the low 40s last night. Right now it's 55º - and two days ago it was nearly 90º. Tonight they are talking about frost warnings, and my rose bush really needs to be covered - no flowers yet - but the green and reddish leaves are all out in force. My poor dogwood tree has blossoms all over, and it's just too big to cover - sigh. ♥s
Comment by HavetoomuchYarn on April 9, 2010 at 3:22pm
Today is my turn to be snowed in. We are having a blizzard with 100km/h winds (that's 60miles, I think). We've had square bales travel 50 feet and most of the shingles off the old-house. Poor Fritz, he was a little husky-dog when I let him back in this morning. I had put him inside last night but someone put him out this morning because "that's where dogs belong". Hmpfh, that would be ok if there was a dog-shelter and Fritz had a winter coat. The power is an on again off again thing so I can't work on the books either, too bad!

who could work on the BSJ but will probably just curl up with a book...and hot-cross buns I baked yesterday...and a pot of tea...and a blanket...
Comment by parisribbons on April 9, 2010 at 11:49am
Lena and all, Thanks so much for the kind words. I don't know what
I would do without all you lovely women. Today I start the medication
that has an 80% chance of success to get this miserable disease under
control. I haven't prayed so much in years. -- Judith
Comment by cherylbwaters on April 8, 2010 at 11:32pm
Those will look good with the latest BSJ.

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