It stormed last night, raining on us and blanketing the mountains around us with fresh snow. The view from our windows were breathtaking. Pictures can never show what I see looking out the window and my phone needs updating but this gives you a glimpse of what I saw.
Unfortunatly it is MAY.
Even I have been putting winter clothes away and I had to dig to find my go to winter ‘coat’which is really a heavy sweater I like to use instead. Note the little bits of fluff left over from a rogue Kleenex that slipped through the wash in my sleeve.
I knitted this years ago and based the pattern off some beautiful sweaters I saw and loved when I lived in England. It was my first "real" knitting project. When I purchased my yarn years and years ago I don't think the store clerks thought I would finish, but they don't know me—I always seem to look for the most complicated project to start to learn. I love a challenge and found that I loved the cabling and other knitting patterns used in this.
For a long time I kept this for special occasions. Several years ago I found myself trying to work fulltime, take care of my family and travel 30 miles most days to help take care of my parents. One day I threw this on instead of a coat and realized how wonderfully warm it was. From then on it became my ‘coat’. Oh, and the long sleeves came in handy--they kept my hands warm so that I didn't need gloves.
Life is calmer (and warmer) but most winter days you’ll see me proudly sporting this sweater.
I love my new home but now that I'm settled in, I've realized that I need to start making friends in my new town, so Monday I visited a neighborhood quilting group I had heard about.
Quilters are lovely people and this group is no exception. These ladies shared a bit of their lives with me as we quilted and it was a perfect way for me to get to know them.
The couple of hours we spent around quilting frames soon made us fast friends. They thought of me as a youngster, but I thank my hairdresser for coloring my hair the a few days before. (Hi Patrick!)
The six of us tied 4 baby quilts which were added to the 12 tied previously and were donated later that day. I am impressed by their adventurous and generous spirits. Their acts of service is humbling and I am glad I get to be their friend