Has it really been two weeks since I blogged? Recently someone told me that retirement is like digging a hole in the ocean. As fast as you dig it, stuff flows in and fills it up! Of course, I do have to remind myself that I'm doing the things I want to do. I just want to do so much!!
Where to start? Well, last weekend we had our 4th Annual Spring Tea. This is an event that two friends and I have been hosting for – well, four years. It's nothing fancy, but just a fun time to get together with friends and be a little girly. I made scones, lemon poppyseed muffins, Devonshire cream and lemon curd. Yummy. My friend made finger sandwichs and the tea (she's British so we bow to her expertise). The third friend contributes the invitations and made some beautiful fabric corsages.
Of course, two little girls needed new dresses and Nana was glad to oblige:
Isobel has decided she doesn't like being "girly", so I was a little worried, but she was pleased that her dress was blue and didn't complain at all. Maggie got into the spirit of the occasion with her own corsage:
The weekend before the tea we had the girls for the weekend to give Abby a little break. During their stay Isobel became infatuated with my spinning wheel and wanted to make yarn. She pedaled and I drafted:
I asked her if she would like to learn to knit and she said, "I'd love to learn to knit." Definitely an improvement over last time when she informed me that only old grannies knit. So, I guess I'd better start thinking about it. Anyone out there ever teach a child to knit? Any suggestions?
I'm still a trifle obsessed with making little zippered bags. I've sold some as wedding sets and I think they'd be great for shower gifts. I especially like this set that I just did:
I have been knitting in the evenings and finished In Dreams. No picture yet because it's not blocked and looks like a pile of beaded dental floss. Once I finished that, most of my knitting was rather plain and boring, so in a fit of I'm-not-sure-what, I started a new sweater. I've been wanting to do a Dale of Norway for me and chose Nagano. I'm up to the plain part of the body:
Now that I 've started a winter weight wool sweater, warm weather is sure to come – maybe? We actually hit 70 today and it was glorious!! Now we just need to string two of those together in a row and we can officially call it spring.