Holy Cow! It's the sixteenth anniversary of this blog!! Amazing. And a little sad because I've been so neglectful of it. In the past, I was a faithful blogger, recording my life and times and knitwear. But other voices have called me away and while I've made resolutions to come back, I haven't. I do miss it. I miss the friends I made through this little blog, as well as having a unique record of my knitting projects, travels, and all the other things I get involved in. So, if you are still around and reading, thank you. I won't promise to do better, but who knows, I might.
So far this year, I've finished nine projects: six shawls (some lace, some not), two cowls, and a hat. They are listed on Revelry, but not pictured, except for the hat. That would have required me to actually "finish" the shawls by blocking them. I intend to do that later this week (fingers crossed.) I'm working on and almost finished with another shawl, but had to stop to deal with this.
This is, bar none, the worst tangle I've ever encountered. You know the feeling - knitting happily along from your center pull ball when, whoops, it won't pull. So you tug, and then tug a little harder, and whoosh!! out comes a big bunch of yarn barf. Usually, it's not a problem. Just wind it back around the ball and continue. But something happened on the ball winder when I wasn't looking and the yarn seems to have doubled and redoubled around itself in some weird way. When it first happened, I worked with it a while, but finally gave up and got out the scissors. I was left with one fairly large, untangled ball, and then this mess. I knitted on, hoping the big ball would be enough to finish the edging. But last night, I began to think it wasn't going to make it. So, I've been watching old movies and working on the tangle today. I'm at the point now where I'm going back to knitting, hoping against hope that I was wrong and that I will have enough so I can ignore this mess. Only time - and knitting - will tell.
As for the non-yarny part of my life, which mostly consists of hanging around the barn, there is always Gracie. Here's photo I snapped one foggy morning in December. The Princess in her pasture.
Gracie is such a character. She loves people much more than the other horses, flattening her ears and dancing on her back legs in her stall when any other equine dares to pass by. She is STILL recovering from her leg injury and has been in the small front pasture with three other invalids for the last few months. The others are all geldings, so she is absolutely queen of the herd. And lets the boys know it each and every day. It's so much fun to watch them interacting. They really are great friends, but there is always a little head tossing, heels kicking reminder of her superiority as they first gather in the morning. The vet is coming this Friday to ultrasound her leg again and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she will finally be sound. If not, it's off to the big vet school at the University of Georgia to see if we can get this settled once and for all. She went lame last April, so we've been struggling with this injury for almost a year and enough is enough for both of us. Although maybe Gracie would disagree. After all, her life now is just grazing and being admired. Not so bad, I think.
We had a pretty good winter around here. A very few really cold days, and the two threats of snow both missed us. Last week was very soggy with overcast, drizzly days, but Spring is definitely here with the tulip, Bradford pear, redbud, and peach trees in full bloom. Not so great for my allergies, but very pretty.
The kitties are their same, old wacky selves. Constant companions to both themselves and me. They may aggravate me from time to time, but they never fail to make me smile.
I'm getting a little Spring Break trip this year. Jim and I are going to Florida at the end of the month for a long weekend to visit his brother. He lives way down near Miami and has a big sailboat. He's recently relocated to Florida from California, and this will be our first trip to visit him there and see his new boat. Hey, here's an idea! I'll take pictures and post them here. hahaha
So, that's the latest run down. Back to the knitting. Good thoughts for me and my rapidly diminishing ball of yarn.