Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
But Dev and I stayed in town this weekend so I could go to a baby shower for my friend Cheri. I had a wonderful time, and Cheri got lots of cool things for the new baby. The only down side was falling on the way out the door and banging up my knee (which is presently being iced down to prevent swelling).
Tomorrow morning we are leaving for Montrose, CO to visit Dev's parents. We'll be coming back some time next weekend. Perhaps I will have pics to post, but perhaps I will spend the entire week napping and knitting....who knows???
I hope you enjoy your Spring Break, if you are lucky enough to be getting one!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Last weekend, Dev and I took off to Santa Fe, NM.
I have decided that if we're going to drive 2 hours to get to decent shopping territory, I'd rather go to Santa Fe, where the food is wonderful and the scenery is even better.
We stayed in the plaza district at the St. Francis Hotel, and ate some amazing, amazing food. I didn't take my camera along during meals (I know, when will I learn?), but we ate at a little sushi place on Guadelupe Street, The Plaza Restaurant on Lincoln Avenue, a little french cafe (I don't remember the name) on the plaza, and Cowgirls, also on Gaudalupe Street.
Every single meal we had was over the top good, from the sushi, to the lamb tacos at the Plaza Restaurant, to the quiche at the french cafe, to the burger at Cowgirls.
I can't wait to go back and try the places we didn't get to, like Harry's Roadhouse (we've been there before, and it is some of the best breakfast food I've ever had) and The Shed.
And I promise, next time I'll take my camera along at feeding time!!
Here is the baby hat I said I would make after I finished the baby blanket. I wish I'd had enough yarn left to put a pom pom on the top, but alas, I didn't. I don't think the baby will mind. He'd probably just pull it off and eat it anyway.
So I decided to knit my friend Cheri a baby blanket. I fiddled around, looking for just the right yarn in just the right color, but couldn't find anything that really spoke to me.
After mulling it over a while, I started looking through my yarn stash. I have knitted several scarves out of Lion Brand's Homespun yarn. I like it because it is bulky, soft and machine wash/dry. I had odds and ends from 5 different colors just laying there, staring at me. Suddenly I realized all 5 colors kinda sorta went together. I decided to try knitting a striped blanket, then knitting a hat from whatever color I had the most of left after finishing the blanket. I really like the result, although darning in all the yarn ends was a bit of a job.
I guess this is the kind of happy accident you get when you amass a sizable yarn stash.....
This is the apron I made my Mom for her birthday. I suppose it's a good thing she doesn't read the blog, or I'd have just blown the big surprise!
It's actually my second apron, but the first reversible one. There isn't a single straight seam in the whole thing, and the floral side looks way better than the solid red side. But on the whole, I was pretty happy with the way it turned out.
I added some buttons where the yolk attaches to the body of the apron, both for visual appeal and to cover my horrible seaming job.
Anyhoo, I hope she likes it and thinks of me when she wears it!
Here is a scarf I knitted for my boss' son. He's 9 years old, so that 's why it's so short (40" for a child instead of 60" for an adult). Dev makes a stunning model, don't you think?
I used the "one row pattern" to knit this. I really like it. The first time I tried it, disaster resulted. I could not get it right no matter how many times I ripped it out and started over. But this time it knitted right up. Maybe it was because I was using much more expensive yarn this time...I don't know.
Here's a close-up shot of the pattern itself.
I like the texture of the rows. And it ends up looking very professional. Perhaps I will knit Dev one for next year...