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07 April 2004

With a little bit of sun...

...my, what wonders there are to behold in the garden! It was a most wonderful day yesterday -- the afternoon temp was in the 70s! When I got home from work, I grabbed a rake to de-leaf the bed outside the back door; but first, I used the non-business end as a pointer to show my husband all the perennials coming to life out back. The delphinium has made an appearance and the mallow has awakened! The bleeding heart is bursting forth, as usual, and has given me a new volunteer! Columbine and forget-me-nots are everywhere! Oh, I do love spring!

We sat down and made a list of things we want to do and things we need to do on the house this year. The "needs" will have to trump the "wants" when we start to prioritize, but I think we'll be able to find a balance. Plumbing, plastering, painting (inside & out), a little carpentry -- it could be a busy summer!

I sat down with the Cecil and the second half of the cardi front last night. At the 9-inch mark, I was to begin the eyelets and the ribbing change, but I ended up frogging the whole thing. I decided that I was knitting the second side tighter than the first and it just didn't feel good. My neck and shoulders have been aching the past few days, and the tension showed up in my knitting! I started over. I watched American Idol, and I guess my needles were singin' last night, too, because I had 13 inches under my belt when I decided it was time to hang it up for the night! Yay!!

I took inventory of my knitting books over the weekend and added the list to my blog. I was surprised! Where did I get that signed copy of Knitting Workshop? A few of those books, such as A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, were library rejects -- my husband is a very good scavenger and he knows what I like! The DMC Encyclopedia of Needlework is very old and one of my less expensive "finds" from when I worked at an antique mall. The Reader's Digest book was a gift from my paternal grandparents some years ago. My treasure is the 1959 edition of Good Housekeeping's Complete Book of Needlecraft; it belonged to my maternal grandmother (who died when I was 8) and it is the only place I've ever seen her signature. She had many and varied interests, and this book means the world to me.

Company's coming -- a sister and her three kids on Friday, and maybe another sister on Saturday! I should sacrifice some knitting time to get some cleaning done in the next few days. The kids' break starts before lunchtime today, and I did suggest that if they found a few spare minutes this afternoon, they could clean something -- anything!

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