March is my favorite month and not because it's my birthday month. In March the days become noticeably longer and grow warmer bit by bit. March weather is unsettled and interesting, as one day will be snowy and wintry, and the next it could be near 70 and clear blue. Birds start to sing and court, their songs fill the air with joy. The first flowers start to appear and, near the end of the month, the first color tips the trees. This reawakening of the earth fills the soul. That said, wouldn't you know this week will be more like winter than a hint of spring.
This March I have the special treat of meeting two bloggers face to face. Laurie is coming to town with Mr. Etherknitter, to ski this weekend. And Caroline is coming for a short visit before heading off to stay with Neena. There should be a celebration or two while they are here.
Beth S. was the winner of last weeks prizes. Because I'm still not used to her new email I didn't even realize it was THAT Beth. Congratulations! The correct answer was 33 Socks! One person (sorry I didn't write down your name) made me laugh out loud with the answer of "0 socks in the drawer as it must be a trick question and they are some place else". Sigga Sif answered the question correctly by using the random number generator and that gave me a good chuckle, too. Thanks so much everyone for playing along!
This week the prizes are extra special. Utah Grrl Mim, is a book maker extraordinaire and she is holding one of her special journals just for the lucky winner. Plus, Utah Grrl Karen, dyes beautiful sock yarns and the winner will receive one of her newly dyed creations. There will also be a few extra gifties coming your way if you answer the this question correctly.
What is the name of the specific mountain range in my view? Rockies yes, but the name of this range within the Rockies.
Please send your answer to the above question to zenbirthdaycontest at gmail dot com. On Friday the random number generator will help me pick the winner.
Susan and Mim designed the most beautiful lace projects and serendipitously both picked names with 'Mountain' in the title. The three of us will be hosting a Mountain Lace Along. More details can be found at the blog as we work to get things set up. Susan's design, Mountain Stream Scarf, is in the Orenburg style (Orenburg for beginners!) and Mim's is a triangular shawl with a design reminiscent of mountain peaks, therefore, it is the Mountain Peaks Shawl. You can join us for one or both projects by emailing mountainlace at gmail dot com.
Here are a few more things about Gloria. Claudia asked where we took pictures. It was Snowbird and it was packed with skiers. It was a bit too cold to be out on the deck for long but, this spring we'll return to enjoy the sun and atmosphere.
I made some modifications to Gloria, too. Instead of the ribbon (which didn't look like it would wear long), I will use some of my antique and vintage pins as closures. The pin in the photo is Victorian and it's one of my favorites. I didn't make the bell on the sleeve and made the neck 20 stitches smaller. Chalk it up to scrawny neck syndrome.