Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Happy Easter to everyone. Here in the Pacific Northwest we're having our typical cold, rainy, blustery Easter. I don't think the kids around here would know what to do with an outdoor Easter egg hunt. They're usually held indoors because of the weather. We can have beautiful spring weather right up until Easter, and then it gets cold and rainy again. The same goes for the 4th of July!
Our Easter has been rather laid back and quiet. After church we went for a buffet at a local Mexican restaurant. It was a new take on the Easter buffet and we thought we'd give it a try. But fajitas and tacos just don't seem in keeping with tradition, so we'll probably do a more traditional buffet next year. Then we visited Bill's mom and took her some flowers. After that it was home for a nap and now the day is almost over. I know, the excitement here is almost too much to bear. After blogging I think I'll work on some scrapbooking.
While I was on vacation I hit upon an idea for a page featuring Ivy and her tea party:
I know I say this about every page, but this is my favorite so far. I'm especially pleased with my ability to isolate her from the background and I love the quote that I found. It seems to suit the picture to a "tea"! This past week brought a little scare as far as Ivy was concerned. At the local playground, she discovered a mushroom and tried to eat it. Abby was able to get a big chunk out of her mouth, but since they didn't know the type of mushroom or how much she ate, they took her to the emergency room. They gave her activated charcoal and hooked her up to an IV and kept her for 6 hours. She seems to be fine now and Abby said she was a little trooper through it all! I'm sure Mommy and Daddy have a few more grey hairs, though.
On the knitting front, I finished Hidcote. Woo hoo! I was getting a little tired of it. No pictures until next week when I block it. I didn't have the urge to cast on anything big, but I've been drooling over the pictures in Cookie A.'s new book, Sock Innovations. I cast on for the "Rick" socks in some Opal handpaint that I had, but it didn't take long to realize that the yarn was obscuring the pattern. So I recast on with some Dream in Color Smooshy, with much better results:
I figured if I was putting in this much work, I really wanted to see the pattern. This will not be a quick knit, but I think will be worth it. All of her patterns are really stunning.
I haven't blogged yet about my lace club delivery. It arrived just a day before I left. I was a little disappointed. I know I joined the club to expand my repertoire, but neither the color nor the pattern really suits me at all. The yarn is very nice – Malabrigo lace, but the color is a yellow/green. Probably one of my least favorite colors. The pattern is for a Moebius shoulder wrap. Again – not something that I would probably wear. I do have a pattern for a beaded scarf that I think might be appropriate, but I'm going to let this simmer for a while. I still may end up doing the shoulder wrap as a gift, just to be able to try something new. Who knows – I might even really like it!
I leave you this week with one of the family pictures I scanned in. This was taken ca. 1955 as our passport photo when we returned from a tour of duty in Japan. It is one of my favorites: