Friday, March 31, 2006

March Highlights

Seems like these months are just flying by. March was a fun month for me. I hosted our ANG chapter combined meeting and stitch-in at the historic home where I work on March 11th. I think a wonderful time was had by all. Next wonderful day was March 18th with Ellen Chester designer of the wonderful With My Needle items. She was visiting her in-laws and decided it was a good time to spend the day with our Azalea Sampler Guild. We met at the lovely Azalea House B&B in Palatka FL and we had a huge turnout. Jill also had a house full of bicyclists that were touring this area so needless to say it was CRAZY at the inn. I had a business trip to Albany GA just before Ellen arrived and decided to take a spin thru Thomasville GA on my way home. A lovely little town where I used to go on business. They have a new (1 yr old) yarn shop and I wanted to see how they were progressing and if they had anything new. I was able to pass by everything she had until I got to the Colinette - That hand-dyed yarn from Wales is something that I covet more than gold! I added one of the Limited Edition Ab Fab of the Month afghans to my stash collection. I had seen the Enigma yarn but WOW WOW WOW was it gorgeous in the Easter egg colors and she also had a nice pattern book with that yarn so I was hooked. My drive home from T-ville was a happy one - plotting my next Colinette project!
March 24th I was off to Sebring FL with my mom and 2 good friends for the spring rug hooking retreat. Mom Jill and I were in Vivily Powers class - past president of the National McGown Rug Guild - she is a sweetheart and what wonderful wool. I started ANOTHER new rug - yes my 3rd for 2006! This one is relatively small and is from my friend katie's design catalog - it is a footed compote filled with fruit and sitting next to the compote is a little monkey stealing a piece of fruit! I love the way it is turning out and I made wonderful progress. Hope to show a WIP photo of it soon. Just can't believe it is the last day of March. It has been beautiful weather here in North Florida. Still very pleasant and some cool nights. I love it and hope it continues as long as mother nature will allow it! My stitching highlights were few - altho I did add some great stash to the collection from the Feb needlework market. I am doing an on line class with the Legacy board - Joanne Harvey from the Exemplery is teaching her Hannah Prescott - I have looked at the kit but not started it yet - I am excited about that. Well - that is about it for the last day of March! I am happy to say it was a very good month!