Thank you Luciana for such a sweet video (that I’ve watched over and over again).
p.s. I’ve been a very, very bad blogger. I promise I’ll be better this fall . . .
As the summer has gotten hotter and hotter, poor Louis has been panting and drooling with his double coat of fur. Bathing him and using the Furminator has helped, but the poor fellow has just got such a dense coat. Great in the winter, not so good in the summer. So, Mr. Louis got a summer buzz cut and he is one happy and cute dude. He head looks too big for his body now, but that just makes him look very puppy like and he’s been tearing through the house with a look of glee on his face.
Ignoring the fact that Louis is sitting in the middle of my hostas, he’s just the apple of my eye.
Oh, my, this is so funny . . .
Oh, to have the joy of kibble (or really anything) that this little Pembroke Corgi has. I could just watch this over and over.
Green grass, flowers, bees, sunshine galore! Finally, we’ve made it out of all the cold and snow! I’ve been spending more time outdoors and less time inside, so my knitting and crocheting are waiting patiently for me to return to them.
In the meantime, a sweet dove has decided to make her nest in one of the planters just outside my backdoor and I’ve been watching she and her newborn babies with great fascination, though I won’t be able to plant flowers in that planter for a bit. The babies aren’t too cute yet as their feathers are just now beginning to come in. Just last week there were two eggs and now the chicks are so big they barely fit under their mom.
I’ve also been playing around with embroidery again. I taught myself how to embroider when I was in the 7th grade and I revisit it now and again. I drew this bird and though it might be fun to reinterrupt it in floss on linen. Hmmm, I think there’s a theme here . .
Yarn School was April 22-25 and as always, it was fabulous. Nikol consistantly provides an amazing forum for learning, inspiration, laughter and rejuvination. The food Nikol makes for us is delicious (I still think she should make a Yarn School cookbook) and there’s alway plenty of coffee available.
This spring, probably around half of the participants were repeats and the friendships that had been made in past sessions were immediately rekindled. Many of those repeaters brought friends with them as well, so the quiet politeness that usually happens on Thursday night was replaced with raucous laughter.Adrian and Jennifer are knowledgeable and patient teachers — their spinning talents stun and inspire me. I have to say that I’ve always been equally inspired by my fellow attendees. Yarn School welcomes both the absolute newbie and the most advanced spinner.
Adrian’s dyeing skills are almost beyond description. She knows what the possiblities Jacquard dyes can provide PLUS she has a wonderful color sense — bundle that all up in one funny and talented person and you come up with stunning fiber and yarn.
This was my sixth time attending Yarn School — I’ve got four times as an attendee and twice and a Yarn Zombie/helper — and I still come away with the same rejuvination and excitement as I did after the first Yarn School I attended. Nikol, thank you for making all this happen.
For more pictures go HERE.
I could hardly wait to get inside the house to open up my precious and long awaited package and actually let out a little squeal as they fell out. Here are the lovely crochet artists that made these beautiful potholders: The Pansy: Susann; Red, White & Blue: Affiknitty; Blue & Brown Flower: MaisyDay; Hexagons: HelloYarn; Pink & Grey: Buhnuh. I feel liked I won the grand prize in this Swap!
So, Adrian, Maryse, Maritza, Stacie & Cheryl gathered last Saturday and they sorted through the 88 packages of potholders that literally came from all over the US and even some from Europe. Let’s do some math — 88 packages + 5 sets from the organizers = 93 participants x 5 potholders per participant = 465 potholders!! Wowzer! There are pictures in the Potholder Swap 2010 Flickr group that show all the potholders in stacks covering the floors and tables in Adrian’s home, in fact go to the Potholder Swap 2010 Flickr group and follow the progress of the potholders being crocheted, the sorting process and then see the collections that each person received in return. If you’re on Ravelry, go to the Potholder Swap 2010! thread and follow everyones thoughts and progress.
I LUV MY POTHOLDERS !!!!
p.s. Maryse has a great play by play of sorting the potholders on her blog bag’n'trash!
Yesterday was the first day of spring and we got 9 inches of snow!! Absolutely crazy! Today the snow is beginning to melt, but it’s still slushy and cold out side so I’ve spent the day inside spinning some of the 12 ounces of “Sea Dreams” Blueface Leicester (dyed by Hello Yarn) from my stash . . .