Thursday, October 23, 2008

Crazy about Cabling

This week has been so crazy, but to help relieve the frustration I bought some beautiful Cotton ease to make a Baby Surprise jacket for a dear friend's baby girl. I visited her while on my vacation and it was so good to see her and her beautiful baby girl Morgan. She is perfect in every way- eyes, fingers, and toes. I was able to hold her for a bit before she didn't like my style (she likes to be held up). Anyways, the color that I chose is berry, which looks more like a soft pinkish mauve. I can't wait to get started on it and choose some great girly buttons for her new jacket. As far as my finished objects (FO's) I was so excited to finish my holding hands, feeding ducks scarf out of chunky malabrigo in the sealing wax colorway. I couldn't wait to get it done so that I could wear it to school. It is the most lovely thing to me right at this moment.
I am really excited about this weekend! I am treating myself to a day of learning to cable knit in Elk Grove. The yarn shoppe is celebrating another anniversary so I am going to hang out and knit, and learn something new. What a perfect day to spend a Saturday afternoon. I can't wait! I'll keep you posted......

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

From The Woods to the Water

It seems like DH and I have been doing lots of traveling the last few weeks and it feels great. We managed to get out and go to Monterey this weekend for a mini anniversary trip. We were in Apple Hill the weekend before and decided it would be nice to see the water and waves for a change. We drove up and spent the time doing whatever came along. Athough I had skimmed the internet for yarn shops in the area 30 minutes before we left for our trip I decided not to go to any of them. I thought I would leave that for next time, next month :O) We enjoyed a great dinner at The Fish Hopper where we enjoyed the beautiful scenery of sea gulls, pelicans, and seals and tasty food. I savored my Macadamia Nut crusted Hailbut with sweet potatoes and broccoli. Who would have ever thought that sweet potatoes and halibut would pair so well?? I was so in to my dinner it was crazy. I devoured every bite. Afterwards, we took a nice ride over to Carmel (a small thought came to mind-yarn shop here! But pushed it outta my mind) where we strolled the district and had tea and pastries for our dessert to end a perfect night.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

A Little Trip to A Very Sweet Place

This morning the air was quite cold and rain was here to stay for the day. DH and I went to Apple Hill for the day and it was beautiful. I had my light jacket and my favorite hot pink scarf which was perfect for the light drizzle coming down.When we arrived we stopped at one little farm where we tasted several varieties of apples. We picked up some honey and some chestnuts. The lady was even nice to let me pick a pod from the tree so that I could show my students back in the classroom. The pod reminded me of a dark brown sea urchin, but very, very pointed ends Ouch! Next, we stopped at Abel Acres where we walked around and smelled yummy things cooking and baking. DH settled on a lunch sandwich, where I went straight for some apple pie a la mode. Of course I shared and it was delicious digging into the flakey crust and cool ice cream as we watched the rain drizzle down. We left Abel's with two warm pies in hand off to our next farm. We drove around Apple Hill and winded back to where we began. Before leaving we stopped at another farm and picked up two beautiful hand painted birds for Christmas presents for the in-laws. On our way back to town I had to stop at my favorite shop The Yarn Shoppe and purchased three skeins of Chunky Misty Alpaca and signed up for a class for cabling later this month.
It was a great day to get up into the hills and see the bright autumn leaves and oooo and ahhh about the pumpkins and apples.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Perfect Knitting Time

The air is cold, and the liquid amber trees are shedding thier beautiful leaves laden with yellow, orange and red. Fall is here and I am excited. I been knitting like crazy the past few months especially making loads of beautiful hats for friends and family members. I really dove in about the middle of summer after coming back from New York in July, which really inspired me. The one shop that I visited there Knitty City, was beautiful and calm. Upon opening the door I found colors and textures that I had never seen before. I picked up Zimmerman's pattern and DVD for the BSJ and some yarn and another pattern book for socks. I could say that I was very delighted when I had a bag full of good memories.
So, here I sit with a pot of barley soup on the stove and a WIP in my hand and the cool air~ what else could you ask for?