"The Royal Crescent and daffodils from Royal Victoria Park, Bath." I don't have daffodils yet. You know what? I won't ever have daffodils unless I plant some! I know, I know... We had a pretty crappy weekend, so I didn't get to tour my yard to see if anything is happening. Judging from last April's blog photos, I might see some sedum and tulips getting a start, as well as my favorite bleeding heart! The sun is starting to come out, so perhaps I can take a look tonight. Thank goodness for Katie and her camera! Three weeks from today, she'll be back in the States -- I can't wait to see all of her pictures. The continental tour begins this Friday -- first stop: Paris! I doubt we'll be in touch very much until she gets home.
I scored at the antique show! Three plastic and/or Bakelite belt buckles, perfect for the closure of a scarf or shawl -- I love those things and they were only $2.00 each! A couple of pansy postcards, and the one that Mabel gave to her mother. ; ) I love the Aero Knitting Pin & Tension Gauge and the proprietess at that booth made sure I knew that it was a U.K. gauge. The painted pansy is on one end of a very long "Flemish art" box (decorated with wood burning) -- it's almost three feet long and divided into three sections inside; the top, front and sides are all burned and painted, the inside of the lid is done in an overall burn pattern. I think I can make out "Joe" burned on the bottom of one section -- so maybe it was for his sweetheart. It's missing the clasps on the front, which I didn't even notice until I had to ask the price and it was pointed out, so it was cheap-cheap-cheap.
I finished the second Trellis sleeve over the weekend and cast on for the back. I briefly considered knitting the fronts and back as one piece to the arm decreases, but in the end, I'm doing it in pieces, as written. I'm just past said arm decreases on the back, so moving right along! I have pretty much memorized the pattern and am doing all but one of the manipulated stitch moves without a cable needle. Such freedom!
I visited Michael a few times over the weekend, talked a few times, too. He's doing great! My SIL wheeled him out, walking us to our car, on Saturday -- it was SO good to see him outside. He sounds stronger and more with it everyday; Thursday is still the tentative discharge date. Woo.
Glad to hear Michael is still gaining every day, I love your antique show finds.
Posted by: yvette | 03 April 2006 at 12:43 PM
You did score nicely! And sounds like Michael continues to score, too!!
Posted by: margene | 03 April 2006 at 03:21 PM
Great finds - but the Michael news! YAY!!!!
Posted by: Cara | 03 April 2006 at 03:38 PM
I love Bakelite! And I'll keep my needles crossed for Thursdays release date!
Posted by: Carole | 03 April 2006 at 04:09 PM
Nice haul at the sale! Those pansies find you everywhere don't they?
You know, I still can't get over that you never saw Flashdance! I think it would seem pretty silly and dated to watch it now; back then it was so cutting edge :)
Posted by: Elizabeth | 03 April 2006 at 07:50 PM
Damn! I want to go antique-ing with you. You did get a nice haul! And glad to hear Michael is progressing nicely. Thursday's just around the corner!
Posted by: Celia | 03 April 2006 at 08:38 PM
I know what you mean about the daffodils. I always wish for tulips, but never remember to plant the bulbs in the fall....
So glad to hear that your brother is recovering so well.
Posted by: Tam | 03 April 2006 at 08:53 PM