It's a gorgeous Saturday afternoon here in Orlando! The air is dry and warm - spring is really here. The big question on everyone's mind, though, is whether or not we'll get to enjoy spring or will it quickly morph into hot, sticky, unbearable summer. I'm really hoping that we can enjoy it for awhile. Last night, our friends Mari and Dave came over with their dog Alani. Alani and Nittany got to romp around while we visited and ate dinner. Both before and after dinner, we relaxed and drank on our porch (yay for porch weather!) - such a wonderful time! Mari and I stayed out there under fleece blankets even after the guys went inside to play Wii. Somehow Mari and I each drank a bottle of wine...needless to say, that 10-miler I was supposed to do this morning didn't happen! Guess I'll be running tomorrow...
So, with this first really wonderful evening of porch-sitting, Sean has renewed his efforts to put power and cable and a TV bracket out on the porch so we can sit AND not miss our shows (or basketball, in the case of this week...). He's a flurry of activity right now because he's going to have to pull wires to make it all work. The thought of this evening being able to drink beer and watch b-ball is pretty cool though!
On the knitting front, I've been motoring along on my Liesl cardigan. I love this pattern and I love the yarn I'm using - Malabrigo Worsted in Lettuce. I have to say, it will be the last green thing that I'm going to knit for awhile, even though Citron in Malabrigo lace is next in my queue. I just have to move away from green for a little bit. I'm still not sure how I ended up with this much in the first place!!
Multnomah and I are having a tumultuous relationship. You would think that it being all garter stitch to the border that it would be fairly straightforward. Wrong! Give me feather & fan or cables any day - garter is making me sloppy. First I missed a yarn-over...15 rows back. Ugh. Tried to rip back just the few stitches and then up again with no luck - frogged all 15 rows. Then, this afternoon, I'm in the waiting room at the vet (no worries, Mir just needed blood-work for her thyroid condition) and I notice 9 rows back just the oddest looking stitch ever. Seriously - no clue what I was doing except I know that around then I was knitting at the movies while watching Green Zone. This time I successfully took the three messed up stitches down all 9 rows and knit them back up without losing the entire thing. I think I've got it now but really, I think I'm going to finish Liesl since that (knock on wood) has been a much smoother project.
Next to be cast on are Calvin & Ripple socks by Cristi of Turtlegirl's Bloggy Thing. Might have to call them Mir & Gracie (and in memory of Georgie...) socks though because they're a bit jealous. I haven't grabbed needles for them but the yarn is all picked out (Cascade Heritage Paints). Cristi is SUPER DUPER thorough in her pattern instructions and while 11 pages for two socks is rather daunting, I'm ready for the challenge.
I think that's it around here...oh, a quick update on Sean's sweater. Of course, the day that I picked it up from the tailor was the day the weather began to turn. Of course. We still had some rather cool mornings the next week though and Sean ended up wearing it as a jacket three days in a row and then out to dinner with some friends one evening. How cute is that? Sweater curse? I don't know nuthin' 'bout no sweater curse! Of course, I'd also highly recommend letting your significant other pick out the yarn and pattern and make him or her feel like they're part of the process right from the start.
Well, off to drink my Magic Hat #9 (best beer EVER) and spray down our porch of all the pollen so that we can properly prepare for our TV-watching-on-the-porch-extravaganza this evening. Sorry for the no picture situation today...more hopefully coming soon!