Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Catching up

Gosh, I have missed one day of blogging and feel like I have a boatload of stuff to catch up on.
When we moved to the South I was hoping I would find a place with a big ol' Magnolia, Finally I just went and got my own and had Dave the wonder-husband plant it. So pretty and glossy-leaved. It will grow huge and have those delightful white waxy flowers. Do you think we have enough trees yet? I ordered a white lilac and just put it in a bigger pot, until I figure out where it can be placed. I may be nearing the tree planting limit.

The transplanted iris are blooming at such a rate, and I noticed yesterday some purple tipped buds. All of this flowering in April. What will be left for May-August? Better get the seeds started!

Tuesday our knitting group had a Knit-Out at the Yarn Shop in Dalton GA. I slept late (no time to blog) and left the house at 7:30 CDT to make the 10am start of the meeting, eastern time. This little mini poncho was one of the store samples and we all decided this was the next great thing for summer air conditioning wear.
Super simple and adaptable to most any yarn, it is knit here with Plymouth Silk and Merino yarn, so yummy, and takes only 200 yards. Cast on 100 stitches and knit in the round. Regular changing of the Big needles, like 17, 15, 13, 10 make the shaping simple.

Cherry, our guild president was making her own Magic Ball for a special project. She cut several different yarns and knotted  them in sequence to provide texture and interest. I loved the cute little shop with all the glorious yarn, but kept to my yarn diet, as I had other plans...Since I was half way to Atlanta, I left the Knit Out and headed for IKEA, only 90 minutes away. I have been waiting for the right day to get my longed for chest of drawers.
I was quick to find this and make my purchase and made it home by 5pm. That's a full day! I had a sunny day but it rained on and off at home so not much was accomplished on the deck. 
 The footings were made and poured for one side of the wall surround. Cement blocks will rest on these footings, and then the flower boxes will be the top edge. I hope you can imagine how this will work.

Super Dave and the Dawg enjoy a beer at day's end.
And that's the news.


  1. Now you need a couple of Japanese Magnolias to complete a truly southern yard, at least my vision of a southern yard.

    I love that shrug wrap. I have never knitted with circle needles but I would certainly give this one a try. I have a yarn that is perfect for this that has not worked for any thing else I have tried.

    Please a little more info on number of rows per size needle and the bottom, the binding off, looks a little decorative. Is it just regular binding off.

    Your iris is spell bounding gorgeous.

  2. The deck is going to be awesome! Ask Dave if he is available to hire out... he does great work!

  3. Good morning,
    As always I read your blog with my first cup of coffee. I so miss it when your life doesn't permit you the time to write. Thanks so much

    I would like to purchase the pattern for the blue poncho on today's blog. Can you give more information about where to find this pattern?

    Thanks so much.

  4. If Dave was getting paid for indorsing the beer brand he could turn the label around!!! hehe. I see someone else gets a lot of paint on themself - just like me.

  5. Anonymous11:35 AM

    I need to know your magic, the one you use to get your men working so hard to fulfill your wishes.
    It is tough work here to even get mine to agree to change the colour of the paint on the balcony.

    I also need to know as a matter of urgency, the treatment and drugs/medications that your Dave is on for his Parkinson. He looks and is so active it is amazing! I work in care for the elderly and have many Parkinson afflicted patients so that is the reason I ask. Somehow it seems that the meds keep these patients more ill than helping. Seems too conservative and traditional.

    Anyways, loving your new patio and your planters will be fabulous. I just think though that perhaps you should've removed a couple more trees.

  6. Oh my how your pup has grown!

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