Happy Easter to all of you! Rather than show you the rather large amount of candy, that none of us really need, but all want, I thought I'd show you a few other goodies.
As I mentioned earlier, I've been selling off quite a few items on ebay that have been laying around here gathering dust and/or taking up room. I do, sometimes, actually buy stuff on ebay. DH brought home this really nice green and clear glass bowl last year from an auction. When I brought it out for spring (I often rotate glass for the seasons and holidays), it just seemed a bit empty. Ebay to the rescue...I found this little glass fish. He is the finest little fish to have...doesn't eat much and is very, very clean!
Another find were these nifty martini glasses. I looked all over the place earlier this year for some nice glasses and could only find some that had some really, really long stems on them. They were very nice, but those stems just really got in the way. Since it snowed today, has snowed for the last 3 days and looks like there's snow in the forecast for the next 3-4 days, it seemed appropriate to put something in them tonight. I mix a pretty good Cosmopolitan, if I say so myself!
Speaking of snow, what's up with that? It's the middle of April! I gave this some thought today. I imagine that people from milder climates actually find that there are actually 4 more-or-less equally spaced seasons. In this area, the growing season (last frost to first frost) is approximately 4 months long (sometimes 3-1/2 months). Snow from mid-October to mid-April this season adds up to 6 months, add 4 months of growing season (which may or may not be summerlike) and get 10 months. That leaves 1 month each for spring and fall. This is clearly not very evenly distributed. You've got to admire the hardiness of plants that can go from completely frozen and snow covered to blooming in the space of a month.
Believe it or not, there has been some knitting going on around here. I finished these socks last night, another pair of Trekking. I had a serious case of SSS to the point where I thought about frogging them completely just to reknit them using a stitch pattern to break up the stripes.
Awhile back I promised pictures of another finished object and then didn't get around to it. Stuff happens. At any rate, this is the Emma sweater from KnitPicks. I fell in love with the pattern, happened to have enough handspun (Ashland Bay Sandlewood) and starting knitting on it as soon as the pattern showed up in my in box. The KnitPicks folk are very quick. The only changes I would make if I knit it again (and I probably will) would be to do a 3-needle cast off or something like on the shoulders for a bit more sturdiness in that area and to make it a bit longer. I'm going to run a bit of clear elastic across the shoulder seam area which should pull that together nicely.