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Springtime Fun

While March may be known as “in like a lion, out like a lamb” it seems as though April has been a bit lionish as well. Although, spring may be reemerging once again. The last 2 weekends have been warm and sunny – the perfect backdrop for hanging out with friends.

Last Sunday was a belated Easter dinner with friends. (I had bought all the fixin’s for Easter dinner “on” Easter and then ended up going to a friend’s house instead.) So on Sunday my dining room table was filled with good friends – all of whom hadn’t had a real Easter dinner the Sunday before.
Easter Table
A “simple prep” menu yielded an excellent dinner: roast turkey breast with lemon, tyhme & garlic; roasted mini golden potatoes; steamed asparagus; corn; fruit salad; and Rhubarb-Strawberry Pudding Cake from the April Gourmet, a quick and tasty cake that I will be making again.

This past Saturday was an all day scrapbooking event – it was great to catch up with friends & make good progress on my 2006 album. By the end of the day I was almost done with the album. (yay!) At the end of the day, Jen & Kristy drew names for my 100th post contest.

Thanks to everyone for sharing your friendship memories on the previous blog entry! Congratulations to Amanda Cathleen, Erin, Laura & Sarah – a copy of The Friday Night Knitting Club is headed your way. Also, congratulations to Jane for leaving the 800th comment on the blog – a few treats are headed your way as well.

After church on Sunday, Jen, Kristy & I tried out a new creperie in Andersonville. Icosium Kafe was a great find – the banana & Nutella crepe and apricot iced tea were a perfect brunch choice. We all agreed that we’ll be back soon.

In the midst of getting back into the routine of being home the last couple of weeks there has been quite a bit of knitting going on around here. Last Friday evening I continued to make progress on sock #4 while attending the “Cast On, Bets Off” reading at My Sisters Knits – it was a packed shop for the event. By the end of the weekend I had finished the sock & now have 2 pairs of socks to wear. I’m not as happy with these socks – I think they may become house socks.
2nd Pair of Socks Bejeweled Teal
When I was at Loopy 2 weeks ago I picked up several skeins of Cascade Pima Tencel in a beautiful teal color. It became a spring “Bejeweled” scarf for me & is getting a lot of use with my spring coat. I have also finished up a secret knit with some beautiful bamboo – it will be revealed in the coming weeks.

My work routine has me once again taking the EL downtown to a client site so I have some training knitting time. I’m currently working on a simple sock using some OnLine Summer that I picked up at My Sisters Knits last year. The colors are perfect for the second trio of Project Spectrum colors.
Next Sock

With the spring weather, green is starting to return to the landscape. In my front yard, one tiny tulip managed to come back this spring; however, the bloom was past it’s peak before I got out to take a picture. In the coming weeks I’m looking forward to spending a bit of time in the backyard getting the flowerbed & deck ready for some summer plants. Because I was on the road last summer I didn’t do any gardening & missed it – I’m pleased to see that several perennials have returned for another season. Hopefully this blog will contain garden posts in the coming months.

What springtime fun are you up to these days?


  1. Amy, it was so good to see you at My Sisters Knits. I did enjoy doing the reading of the first chapter of Cast On, Bet’s Off, and I was delighted by how well received it was. Thanks for being there. Remember, there’s going to be a book report due. 🙂



  2. I love that sweet little sock!

    And I’m such a lucky commenter…thank you!

  3. Sounds like a great weekend!
    I love the Bejeweled pattern. The PS sock is awesome also. You’ve been working on some nice projects!

  4. Thanks again for drawing my name…so fun! As for spring, I am excited to start playing tennis and go on walks outside and to not be cold. I love not being cold.

  5. They’re cute striped purple socks. 🙂

  6. Your socks came out pretty as usual!
    Thank you for sharing your belated Easter with us. It sounds like you all had a great time.

    This spring, we are preparing to move, so we’re doing a lot of cleaning and packing, and a few house projects. I did weed the garden, and trim the bushes, and the plants were so appreciative! They’ve now been growing by leaps and bounds every day.

  7. Super cute socks!

    I am just glad that I start eating my lunches outside again. Breaking up the day with the outdoors and sunshine is the best thing about springtime.

  8. Your dining room looks so warm and inviting. Love that you have radiators. That restaurant sounds wonderful. Nutella is my favorite spread when it makes it that far. Our family can eat it straight from the jar!

  9. fantastic socks! Your dinning room looks great, and your dinner sounded yummy!
    yay! Lucky me. 🙂

  10. Your table looks most welcoming; your knit projects, divine. Just the mention of Nutella sends me back to Paris, and the street vendor near Notre Dame slipping my gooey-goodness filled crepe into a paper wrap.

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