Saturday morning, a friend and I drove across town to drop off some quilts for Haiti. We were very thankful these folks were there because we would have had to take our quilts to Nashville if they hadn't volunteered to be a drop off point. And the drive over and back was a nice chance to chat with my friend. I tried out parts of my sermon on her. She may never offer to ride with me again. ;)
Unfortunately, at the same time we were driving to drop off the quilts, Steve was hurting his ankle. This has happened before and it's very frustrating for him. Many years ago he broke his leg and once in a while the ankle on that leg shifts around or becomes irritated. This time it happened while he was running and landing on his foot made it worse. His whole foot is swollen and bruised. We're hoping he can get in to see the doctor soon.
Emma and I tried to find red tights for a drama costume. Any ideas where we might find some? Target has every color but red. Hot Topic had some with red designs but they are "one size fits most" and they probably won't fit.
The highlight of the weekend was our Palm Sunday worship service yesterday. It started with a parade into the church, complete with a marching band. This represented Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, but with a modern twist. The rest of the worship service featured "eye witness accounts" (which were taken from Bible stories between the triumphal entry and his crucifixion) followed by a dramatic reading of the Passion story. It was nice to experience the Gospel in a different way.
And I was able to complete two charity quilt tops and do more knitting on the prayer shawl I shared with you last week. I'm hoping to finish the shawl today or tomorrow, but we'll see.
What did you do this weekend?
I neglected to share a finished project with you. Anneliese (Rav link) was designed by one of the ladies in the Prayer Shawl group. You can't tell from this photo, but it has a slightly scooped neckline at the center spine. I enjoyed this project and I especially enjoyed helping as a test knitter.
My latest work in progress is La La's Simple Shawl in Patons Classic Wool (Cognac Heather). It will also go to my church's prayer shawl ministry. I'm a little concerned about the shawl being knitted in wool. Care instructions may be a good thing to include with it. I hope to finish it by next Saturday so it can count toward the Prayer Shawl group's 40 shawls project (we're already close to 50 shawls!).
In non-knitting WIPs, my classes are still going on, laundry is being done, and I did some grocery shopping (doesn't always get done!). And I'm preparing a sermon. During Holy Week next week, we are going to have a healing worship service at church. Our pastor asked our deacons to preach but they are unavailable. So I get to preach. I'm looking forward to it, but I still feel pretty clueless about where the sermon is going. I'm learning a lot, though!
I hope all your knitting and non-knitting WIPs are going well!
1. Lent and Easter - Lent precedes Easter and it is a busy time at our church with midweek dinners and worship services, planning for Holy Week, etc. And it's even busier when one is the Worship & Music team leader. Things will calm down after Easter...I hope.
2. Blooming things everywhere! Camellias, daffodils, Lenten roses, and many I can't name. I love seeing them all.
3. Birds - It cheers me up to hear the birds chirping in the morning.
4. No coats - It's nice to be able to walk outside without having my teeth chatter.
5. Trees budding out - I think it looks really neat to have a haze of color on the tree branches.
6. Spring peepers - They have been SO loud! We have a creek and ponds near our house and I guess that could be why we hear so many.
7. Grilling out - Whether it's us or a neighbor grilling out, it's a great feeling to cook outside.
8. Seeing people in shorts - Not me, of course. But many people have been wearing shorts and flip flops already. I did live it up and wear sandals the other day.
9. Cutting grass - Many of our neighbors have had to cut their grass already. Ours doesn't need it yet.
10. Weeds - This one isn't so fun. But we have lots of weeds popping up in the yard and flower beds.
I hope you are seeing some signs of spring where you are!
Ten Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day
Flowers from Emma's bouquet from drama
Good morning, everyone! It is a beautiful day here in the Atlanta area and it is very springy outside. Hopefully it will stay!
Here's what's been going on...
Emma just finished working on a play with her drama group. She was the assistant stage manager for Cast B and she learned so much! It was a lot of hard work but she loved it. One of my favorite parts of her work was that she blocked a scene where the main characters were being chased by bad guys. Her vision was for it to look Scooby Doo-ish with the characters running back and forth, in and out. Her idea worked and it was a very funny scene. Although I don't know if the actors liked all the running around. :) I'm so proud of her!
I've been knitting but don't have much to show right now. One of the ladies in the Ravelry Prayer Shawl group is working on a pattern and I offered to test knit it for her. It's been a great project to have with me while waiting for drama practice to be over. I'll show you a photo when I bind off, which should hopefully be this week. I'm also knitting red fishnet mitts for Emma's role in the next play.
There is a new yarn store in town! It's called Lovin Knit Yarn Shop and Studio. They don't have all their yarns in yet but there was plenty to see while I was there. They had Ella Rae Lace Merino (Rav link), which I hadn't seen before. Have any of you knitted with that before? The owner of the store was very friendly and the shop was inviting with stuffed chairs, a table and chairs, lots of windows, etc. There was even a cute dog named Baby. It's nice to have another store so close to me.
Well, I guess I should get my day started. I hope you all have a great Monday!
Sorry for missing yesterday's post. I don't have to teach this week so I took advantage of the extra time and cleaned the pantry and fridge. So no blogging got done. But it's nice to have everything organized!
Today's ToT topic is 10 Movie Stars You Would Like to Meet. Here we go (not in any particular order)...
Johnny Depp - I know he sometimes chooses strange roles but I think he's cool.
Colin Firth - I've loved him in every role he has played. Mr. Darcy, Harry Bright in Mamma Mia, ... the list goes on. He just seems so lovable.
Alan Rickman - I'm not sure what it is about Alan Rickman, but I love watching him act. He is wonderful as Severus Snape.
Meryl Streep - She is, of course, a wonderful actress. And I loved how she always smiled and was so gracious at the Academy Awards.
Tom Hanks - I think he's a great actor and he'd be one to come over for coffee, too.
Harrison Ford - Han Solo, Indiana Jones, and so on...
Judi Dench - Her characters are tough but still feminine.
Ian McKellen - He's a great actor and I love how he can be an equally wonderful bad guy and good guy.
Tommy Lee Jones, Helen Mirren, Robin Williams, Maggie Smith - there are many more people I'd like to meet. This was a harder ToT than I thought it would be!
It's a beautiful day here in Georgia! It's not too cold and it's sunny and clear.
Our weekend went well. How about yours? While Emma had a full day of drama practice on Saturday, Steve and I cooked for a church reception to be held on Sunday and I got some lesson planning done, too. We finished the day off with chili for dinner (It looked pretty with cheese, sour cream and sliced green onions and I almost took a picture of it for the blog but decided to eat it instead!) and watching the Olympics. Then yesterday was church in the morning and the installation of our new pastor in the afternoon, followed by the reception. Plus more Olympic watching at night!
I tell you, I am really going to miss the Olympics. Usually I don't sit and watch TV at night. But I got so much done while watching the Olympics that I may have to start watching more TV. The following photos are not great, but here is what I accomplished in the last few weeks...
I used Silver's Sock Class as the pattern (one sock on two circs) and really loved it! I chose a stitch pattern from my knitting stitch dictionary for the mock cables.
Hamamelis Shawl #1 - This is the one for my friend that I knit from worsted weight wool. I like how it turned out but I would like it even better if I had knit it from fingering weight yarn. I loved knitting this and am looking forward to getting back to knitting the one for myself (after I finish a few other projects).
Palindrome Scarf - While I really like the look of this scarf and I didn't mind all the cables, it took me forever to knit. In all fairness, I had other projects on the needles at the same time. But scarves just seem to drag on and on. Now I have to decide whether to knit February's Rainy Day Scarf or March's Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf for the 2010 Red Scarf Project KAL (Rav link). I think I'll go with the Rainy Day Scarf since the other red yarn I bought isn't variegated. (By the way, I ran out of yarn and only ended up with 57 out of the recommended 60 inches. I'm hoping to block out three more inches. Do you think it will work?)
I hope you had a great weekend and that this is a wonderful week for each of you!