One week from today my husband and I will be enjoying Lyon, France, a place we love to visit and where we will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary! I was a smart gal 25 years ago when I knew he was the one for me. While I am in France I will visit two blogging friends Becky and Louise. Other exciting news is River will make her official debut. Oops, better get to blocking her (which I hope is not all undone with the packing) and then once I receive the right size beads I'll knit the knot. If they do not arrive by Tuesday, I will use the smaller beads. . . and then try to knit another knot another time. I bought Swarovski beads, have Swaroski earrings and Swaroski with a navy blue cocktail dress. I will be all sparkly and ready to party--hopefully no one will get blinded in the process! Here is the last stash I brought home from a trip--a trip to Rome in May. My son purchased me one skein of each of these yarns for Mother's Day. Ah, yes I know what you are thinking. He is one wonderfully thoughtful guy who has good taste and knows the direct line to his mother's heart. Then when I visited he took me back to the Lana Gatto store where I bought more and made a pair of slippers. The rest is in my stash. Have a good day.
Here is a picture of one of my favorite needlepoint pictures. It is Mindy handpainted canvas that I started in 2000 when one of my son's began college and I finished it when he graduated in 2004. The gold is a metallic thread and there are little moon buttons in the corners. I used to do a lot of needlepoint. This is also supposed to be a diversion from questions about River--that I had to rip out stitch by stitch for about 12 rows only because I did not look to see the pattern was messed up. Oops. Oh well, I making progress once again, but I need some help. My very smart mother suggested that I use Swarovski Crystals for the beads, which I think is a GREAT idea. Has anyone used Swarovski crystals for River? Also, I am debating between the clear and clear AB (scroll down to Crystal Clear AB) that have a little metallic look. Any suggestions? Ok, ok. Here is a photo of River:
Note: We must have caught Rocky because we caught a very pregnant, very upset, very aggressive female two days after we caught the one described in this posting.
A couple of nights ago I was awakened by noise coming from the roof. It sounded like someone was pushing a round object across the rafters. It was LOUD. I tapped on the screen to see if I could scare the animal away. She (I refer to all creatures with unknown genders as "she.") quieted down and then began what sounded like bowling. By this time my husband, my brother-in-law who was visiting and I were awake wondering if a bowling alley had been constructed in the rafters. My brother-in-law and my husband, heretofore referred to as "the trappers," decided to trap this creature. The planning for this event took an entire day of buying a trap, devising a pulley system as we have a contemporary tudor with a multi-layered roof, and deciding what bait to use to lure her inside the trap. The head trapper (my brother-in-law) decided tuna fish would do the trick. (I was afraid that we would trap all of the neighborhood cats when the word got out that there was tuna on the roof. I did have to explain this to Shoulie who was rather upset about some stranger getting tuna when she gets none--well, I gave her a little but don't tell our Vet.) The trap was placed outside the second story bathroom window and this is who we found in the morning. Now before anyone gets worried, here is the end of the story
We sang, "Born free, as free as the wind blows
As free as the grass grows
Born free to follow your heart
Live free, and beauty surronds you
The world still astounds you
Each time you look at a star
*Stay free, where no walls divide you (as in do not find your way back to our house)
You're free as a roaring tide
So there's no need to hide. . . la la la la.... "
Here is River: I am planning to wear this at a dinner in Lyon in October. I hope I can get it done in time!
I had to rip out Dianna No.4 because it did not line up quite right at the seams. I was about 3 stitches off. Sarah helped me figure out where I went wrong. Sarah is a great teacher--I go to her for help when I am striving for perfection . . . which is most of the time. Thanks Sarah!
Well, I have decided that I can knit lace, so I picked out a project from Rowan 38 called River. It is a beautiful wrap with a ring called a knot knitted with beads to match. I am using Kidsilk Haze in Pearl. Take a look. Isn't it delicate? I used the lace cast-on method described in Rowan 34. It leaves a delicate, pretty edge. I may use it for other projects as well.