Spring Hath Sprung and Happy Bearthday!

Or perhaps one can say it's peeking around the corner, hesitantly moving forward in fits and starts:).  That's OK - I'll take it!
The past week or so has been pretty much same old same old. Not a whole bunch to report, except I did finally finish the Bright Sweater! That last sleeve took sooooo long to finish. I have to laugh - I thought for sure by the time I was done with the thing, I'd have to wait until next year to wear it.  Nope.  I wore it yesterday until the temperatures finally hit 60 degrees F/16 degrees C.  It fit fine, though I would have been happy to have been a bit smaller myself:).

And hey, it folds well:).  

I should continue working on the next thing in my Ravelry cue, but was tempted to work on another purply item:
It's the Nathaniel Sweater by Michele Wang - Volume III of the knit.wear Wool Studio series put out by Interweave Press. This volume features Michele Wang's incredible designs.  I may have mentioned this in previous blog posts.  I am a…

There's this Earning A Living thing going on...

Which is why I don't have much to report regarding knitting progress.  I am about to begin the fifth pattern repeat (of seven) on the left sleeve of the Bright Sweater.  After that is done all that is left to do is weaving in the very few ends to be woven in and then blocking.  So, I am setting myself a goal of finishing this thing tonight!
Of course, with Spring finally showing up this week (do I hear a Hallelujah?!!), it is unlikely I will wear this sweater for six months or so.  After this is done, I will set my efforts to finishing the Carbeth, which has been briefly (ahem) set aside until this current project is finished.  

The stash expansion has continued. 

In this day of "knitting from your stash" and de-cluttering, I seem to be swimming against the tide and heading toward (if not already at) SABLE (Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy).  How can anyone know what one's life expectancy might be or how much one will be able to knit in one's lifetime? I do …

An Embarrassment of Riches and Stash Enhancement:)

Oh boy... what a week it's been on the knitting front.  Am in the home stretch for the Bright Sweater (finally!) with four more repeats of the sleeve patterning for the second (left) sleeve and then the twisted stitch ribbing and stockinette roll at the cuff.  I actually tried it on and - who knew?- it will fit! This sweater is meant to be extremely over-sized for a petite woman.  Since I am already over-sized, it fits pretty darn well. I am not complaining.  I have enough over-sized sweaters.
Despite being incredibly (for me) monogamous lately - most likely because I haven't had as many opportunities to knit in the last month or so - I have worked on a few other projects and yesterday began a new one (as I usually do right after our bi-annual yarn swaps, but I am getting ahead of myself).
I often take some bit of knitting with me on Sundays when I spend two services in the choir loft playing bells.  There's the homily (Rector, this helps me listen better, I promise) and the…

I heard a rumor that Spring is coming

Or so they say:).  I am doing the one thing I never liked: not attending church the Sunday after the holiday - so lazy of me.  It's hard to believe it's only one week since Easter, which in the western church tradition was last Sunday. Today is Easter for the Orthodox and Eastern rite Catholics.  Happy Easter to you:)!  What a couple of weeks it has been - and with rare exception, cold and rainy.  Yesterday we were supposed to get snow.  In April. In Merlin. That never happens. Thankfully it didn't.
What follows are my thoughts about my church community.  Knitting and other content will follow in my next post. So if this stuff bores you to tears (I understand:)), you might wish to skip this post.
Backing up a bit, I thought I'd share some highlights of the weeks. First, the full moon after which we celebrate Easter.  This shot is appropriately near an ancient tree in the graveyard next to St. J's: And this is a view of some of the stained glass windows backlit from insi…

Spring? Ahead

Last Saturday night began Daylight Savings Time in the US (or most of it, anyway).  Of late, it seems to start about a month earlier in the year than it used to, making for colder, darker mornings and longer brighter days (at least when it's not raining or sometimes snowing).  But it's still cold around here.  Spring does eventually come and when it does, it's fairly quick.  But for now.... not so much.  Losing an hour's sleep on top of (in my case) having to take one of my adult kids to the airport before dawn when it was very very cold, made for an exhausting day at church the next day when the bells were scheduled to play at two of the morning services.  Frankly, I was surprised at how tired I was.  Normally, I just suck it up and go to bed early, but I was barely functioning.  This meant a pizza dinner for the family get-together - and no one complained:). A nasty cough that developed afterward- just a cold, but one that knocked me down a bit physically - solved the…

A Quiet Week

I am always a bit wary of posting a title like this for any blogpost.  It invariably means the week will end up insane at the last minute. But so far, not much has gone on.  In a week where I have court at least three mornings and some afternoons, I have only the a.m. and p.m. docket tomorrow.  I need to complete some paperwork and reports due to the office tomorrow.  I want to get ahead on scheduling visits for the next six weeks and I should put a dent in that without much trouble (famous last words...).  A threatening winter storm and a trial held over for one of us caused a meeting to cancel.  I did have a few visits this week - one that took me the better part of a day because it was 80-something miles away, but that was fairly uneventful.  Another meeting was canceled for other reasons. In other words, work has not been as crazy as it has been from time to time. No complaints there - I'm sure things will turn around sooner than later:)! I did have a wonderful lunch with a d…

Another Quick Post Before Heading Out

Have been busy at work, but managed to knit a bit on the Nordic Cowl.  Progress is moving right along - am more than halfway into the second half, so I guess I'm past 75 percent done:)! When you get this close to finishing a project, you just have to keep on keeping on. The Truckbeth Carbeth is still sitting in time out through no fault of its own.  I have been admiring the finished projects of others and am really looking forward to getting those sleeves started ... and done. I just feel the need to finish this older project first.  I have never been known for following the crowd, often to my own detriment, but oh. well.:) The sock has had a modicum of progress.  Almost not worth a picture.  Oh all right;) you twisted my arm:)....

There really is not much new to report.  Work progresses. I am busy one day and have some time to regroup the next - a good rhythm.  Music is complicated. Wish I had more to report, but I'd be invading the privacy of others and won't do that.  Jus…