Well, it's only ten minutes into Thursday, but I still thought I shouldn't try to pass it off as WTF Wednesday. When we moved into this house in September, there were flowers in the planters on the front porch. They'd been there for a while, and we'd been watering them whenever we came over to see what was up with the construction. By the end of September, they were pretty much finished, so Jim bought some mums and took the old flowers out. The little red ones he put in small pots, which he stuck in the ivy by the birdbath. I looked out there today and there is still one small blossom. The bigger, yellow flowers, he planted in the jungle on the other side of the driveway. Day by day they faded, and I thought they were goners. Until today. Check this out.
I guess that's what a couple weeks of 70 degree weather with intermittent rain will get you! And my neighbor's Cherokee roses are still blooming, too. WTF??
More normally, there's knitting to report.
My version of Elizabeth Zimmerman's "Very Warm Hat" from "The Opinionated Knitter." I LOVES this hat!! Fun and fast to knit, it fits great, too. Not too tight, not too loose. The mittens are my generic pattern, also a quick knit. Both are from Jo Sharp Aran Tweed, a combo of wool, silk, and cashmere. Soft and warm. Even better, the hat is reversible!
Now, I know this is nothing fancy, but for some reason it just makes me so happy. I have to say, I'm really in love with "The Opinionated Knitter." So many wonderful ideas and patterns. I'm not an "outside the box" type of knitter, but I would like to be, and I think this book will help me achieve some of that. I'm already working on another project from it, but it's a secret for now.
One thing I don't do enough of is spinning. I'm hoping that after I get my holiday knitting done, I can get in a schedule of spinning for a least a little bit every day. In the meantime, here's the beginning of a bobbin of yarn I'm spinning from some beautiful wool/silk roving my friend Trish sent me.
It's so soft, and although the wool/silk is a bit slippery, I'm really enjoying spinning with it. Thanks, Trish!
I also want to thank you all for your kind wishes for my MIL's recovery. It seems that her illness, which she describes as stomach flu, is really a systemic reaction to the cellulitis in her leg. She went to the doctor yesterday, expecting to be put into the hospital for IV antibiotics, but he decided to prescribe a different one via pill, and we are hoping this will knock out whatever the underlying infectious process is that has been causing her problem. In the meantime, my poor husband seems to have come down with the crud I had before Thanksgiving. He started feeling bad the day he left for Chicago, and is still feeling under the weather. Mine lasted just about a week, so he's due to begin feeling a lot better today. I sure hope that's the case. At least I got to lay on the couch all day and recover. He has to go to work, and that's no help to feeling better. But maybe we are both "predisastered" and will be well for Christmas. Here's to everyone in my house and yours avoiding illness for the rest of the winter!!