I’ve made a decent amount of progress on my shawl, Semele (purchased on this trip, though I’m still not to the halfway point.

This is a true lace pattern, with knits and purls (and SSKs and K2togs and YOs) on both the right and wrong sides. It’s a bit of a challenge, but definitely worth the time invested.

The yarn is Silk Mohair Glitter by ArtYarns, purchased in October 2013 at Desert Design Knits in Dallas, TX.



Keri’s son, Paul, turns one next month. He LOVES the camera and tries to eat mine every time I take it out. And he’s a redhead!

Brooke’s son, Robert, joined the world by c-section in May. He’s a cutie! In the photo with Robert is Brooke’s soon-to-be stepson. In just a couple of months he will be my newest great-nephew!

I just love all the kids! But is there any chance y’all could throw a girl in the mix!?!

July 2014 update

In March Frank and I went on a Caribbean cruise to St. Thomas and St. Maarten with Eric and Gail. We sailed on the Royal Princess, the same itinerary (and ship) as our December 2013 cruise. Fun times!

Our grandson, Jack, turned 1 year old in May. It’s hard to believe Thomas will be 9 in September. Time flies.

My birthday last Thursday was uneventful (thank goodness) and was spent with some of my best friends and favorite people. Love you guys!

Today we arrived home from Fall Creek Falls State Park, south of Cookeville, in Tennessee. I needed the break and accomplished a lot on designer Wendy Johnson’s Summer 2014 Mystery Shawl. Part 3 is to be released on Saturday and I’m ready for it.

In addition to the shawl, I worked on the pink diagonal rib mink (yes mink!) scarf. It’s almost complete…probably only 4-5″ remaining. I should be able to complete it before Saturday.

Our 43rd wedding anniversary is coming up on Thursday. We’ve had a lot more ups than downs and I must admit, I married the right person.

Hopefully I’ll be able to post more often now that life is a bit calmer. That said, Matt texted this morning to say that Thomas has a strep throat…and wondered if we were back from vacation. Hmmm… I wonder where we’ll be tomorrow.

Knitting on board the Royal Princess

I made progress on the Vogue KnittingĀ “Thick and Thin Leaf Lace Cowl” during our European and Caribbean cruises during the holidays. This photo was taken duringĀ a day spent working on it while moored at Princess Cays on Eleuthera in the Bahamas.

As you can tell, if you’re familiar with the Fall 2013 issue, I have omitted the thick yarn outlining the leaves and have used beads instead. I placed them on every wrong side row above the single and double decreases.

I finished this project on January 9 and need to take it for blocking. Instead of a cowl, I made it 74″ long (before blocking) and it will be a shawl.

Rome – Day 3

The Hotel Nerva provides a very nice continental breakfast each morning which includes thin slices of two different hams; sliced cheese; fresh fruit (melon, orange, and pineapple slices, and strawberries); a substantial bread basket; juice; individually brewed espresso, cappuccino, latte, or American coffee, as well as tea.

After breakfast we took a cab to the Spanish Steps (gorgeous), and then walked….to Trevi Fountain, then to the Pantheon. In the Pantheon’s piazza we stopped for a bit of refreshment. Continuing after our half hour respite, we walked to Piazza Navona (where artists bring their work to sell – much of it very well done), then on to Campo di Fiori. From there to Piazza Venezia, around the very large Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II, past the Foro Traino, Foro Augusto and Foro Cesare before arriving 2 blocks from our hotel at the Massenzio ai Fori restaurant where we ate lunch.

Rome – Day 2, Part 2

Exhausted after our 4+ hour Vatican excursion, we caught a cab back to our hotel and ate lunch nearby. After a refreshing nap, we dined al fresco at the Imperial Restaurant.

Rome – Day 2

We scheduled a guided Vatican tour this morning. Sev, our guide, was from Front Royal, Virginia, where we often spent weekends while living ‘inside the Beltway’ in the Washington, D.C. suburbs.

Sev is an Adjutant Professor to the University of Rome, has his doctorate in Roman archeology (I think!), and has been in Rome for 10 years.

He is also one of the most knowledgeable people on Roman history that I’ve ever met. If you want to tour the Vatican, book your tour through Dark Rome and ask for Sev. He also does private tours for an additional fee. It’s worth it!

We were fortunate enough when we exited St. Peters Basilica to perfectly time it with the changing of the Swiss Guard. I have a video which I’ll upload when I return to the States.

To my surprise, the only place in which we were not allowed to take photographs was the Sistine Chapel, so I also have quite a few photos of the Vatican to upload as well.