Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Yesterday was my DM birthday - I think she looks great for her age - she would kill me if I published her age in print.
Here she is surrounded by the gifts from her girl group and her family. Standing up next to her is a new OTT Light that we got for her so she can see really well when she is stitching at my house. 

 She and my dad invited Jody and I to join them for dinner at Morton's last night - it is our favorite "special occasion" restaurant and the meal certainly did not disappoint.  So that was a treat for all of us.
Here is a great photo of Mom sporting her beautiful "Just Enough Ruffles" scarf handknit by DF Henrietta.  It is a beautiful subtle shade of green and actually looked great with what she had on.  Look at the beautiful card Henri created for Mom's birthday greeting.  Henri is so creative with her paper crafting and she also is holding an awesome BBD chart "Gathering Basket" - she is already looking forward to stitching it and finding some cool pins to stick in the pin pillow.  It's so great to have thoughtful friends like Henrietta.

DF Kerrie gave my mom a neat sweetgrass basket.  I am sick I did not get a photo of it at rug guild on Sunday.  it was a very unusual shape and I think mom intends to use it for a snippet basket to put wool clippings in.  Kerrie picked up this neat basket while in Charleston recently.  The art of basketmaking is still alive in Charleston but the prices have gone up dramatically in the past few years and the basket maker told Kerrie they are having to go farther and farther away from Charleston to obtain their grasses for making the baskets - why they even come to NE FL to harvest the grasses.  Coastal building is really inhibiting the growth of sea grasses - how sad this tradition is slowly dying out .

I showed a beautiful Noro jacket in the last post I was knitting for my mom.  Since I had not gotten very far along - I decided not to give her a WIP but keep plugging along and maybe give her a finished jacket for Christmas. That gives me a few more months to get it done.

I have no great progress photos to show on my stitching.  I did get some good hooking time on my scarecrow at rug guild on Sunday.  I'm having lots of fun with him and dreaming of my first Pumpkin Spice Latte and cooler weather in September. 

Hope you are all having fall feelings of your own and enjoying time with your needles and hooks!


Kim said...

Happy Birthday to your DM! :o) Such lovely gifts from great friends! Glad you could enjoy the special day with her!

Margaret said...

Happy brithday to your mom! She looks so young! I love the pics of her -- that scarf your DF made for her is so pretty! Great presents -- sounds like everyone had a great time celebrating too.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom!

Courtney said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom! What wonderful gifts she got! I am now longing for a pumpkin latte, thanks to your power of suggestion! I love fall, but now I'm a bit worried about winter here in NH!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Mel ~
A very happy birthday to your beautiful mom! She must be very much loved to receive so many presents.
Pug hugs :)

Jackie said...

Happy Birthday to your mother! Your mom is gorgeous and always so fashionable.

I'm dreaming of cooler weather too, it can't get here fast enough!

Katrina said...

Happy, happy birthday to your mom!!!! Sweet pictures and gorgeous scarf! Glad you had such a nice time celebrating too :-).

Penelope's Beehive said...

A warm and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your dear Mum! I am delighted that you shared the celebration with us all. It is clear that everone enjoyed a lovely, happy time!

Ever warmly,

Susan said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time with your mom! All the knitted gifts are gorgeous.

Siobhan said...

Happy birthday to your mom! It looks like she was thoroughly spoiled, as deserved. :)

Michelle said...

Happy birthday to your mom! Looks like she had a fun day!!