Saturday, April 30, 2011
But what did I do with the free time? Washed a load of sheets, washed some dishes, finally finished reading the NY Times I bought last Sunday, and did a little knitting. It felt positively indulgent. Decadent, even. I swear, all I did this past week was go to work, come home, and work on my project until bedtime. No fun at all. I didn't even get to see much of the royal wedding! And even though it means my weekend consists of tonight and tomorrow, I feel like it's the best vacation ever! I'm pretty sure I'm not doing anything but reading and knitting until tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. when I watch Masterpiece Theater.
Let me catch you up on my knitting. Here is the cowl I made as a KAL project; it's by Larissa Brown of Stitch Marker. I used Berocco Vintage and it's quite warm and cozy. Versatile too. Here it is without any lacing.
Here it is pulled up for when it's super cold.And here's another way you can wear it with some lacing threaded through the eyelets and tied in a bow. I really like it and I'm sure I'll be making another one or two for gifting.
This is a project I started on spring break with the yarn I bought from Lion Brand Yarn Studio. I'm planning to use it in the kitchen; the rugs I use in front of the sink always get filthy and then get worn out looking from washing. Since I had such good luck with the bathroom rug I made, I thought I'd try something similar for the kitchen. This is Lion Brand Lion Cotton held double and when I'm happy with the size, I've got an interesting green to crochet an edge around it.
Since I finished my Spud & Chloe socks, I had to start another pair. This is Lorna's Laces yarn I've had in my stash for years. I am really trying to use the stash for projects, partially to save money, and partially because I feel guilty having so much yarn.
I bought the pretty wooden buttons at Brooklyn General, and Mere gave me the star shaped shell buttons as a gift. Aren't they lovely?And of course, the flowers are still blooming around our yard. These purple irises are some of my favorites; I just love the color of them. So much so, that I had to show you two photos of them!
Tomorrow, I'll show you all the different roses! Hope you're enjoying your weekend.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
First stop was the Brooklyn Museum. I had no idea it was so large and beautiful.
This is the gorgeous tiled second floor, as seen from the fourth floor. I don't know if you are ever allowed to walk on it, but they were cleaning it while we were there and it was roped off.
This exhibit was on the first floor and I think it had something to do with architecture and/or design, but it was kind of other wordly feeling to walk around all of these fabric structures. It definitely changed the sound of the room, if that makes sense.
I found a knitted or crocheted piece, not positive which one it was.
But the real purpose of my visit was to see Judy Chicago's massive piece, The Dinner Party. My pictures do not begin to do it justice, it was so impressive.
There are nine (I think) needleworked panels leading into the exhibit.
This is just one place setting of the triangular table; it's representative of Caroline Herschel's work in the field of astronomy. Each of the 39 place settings includes a specially designed piece of needlework that is representative of the style that was common during the woman's lifetime, and a porcelain plate that represents the woman as well, in a more stylized way.
This one is for Sojourner Truth and has quilting as part of her tablecloth area.
The floor is covered with other notable women's names, written near the setting of the woman who lived during the same time period. It was truly amazing, especially when you know that it took five years to complete and was at one time a traveling exhibit.
This piece was on the same floor and it's a really interesting statement on the nature of marriage and the rites that it represents.
After the museum, it was on to Brooklyn General Store. Ryan generously allowed himself to be photographed with me, although I'm not sure he expected it!
After walking around in the cold, I popped into a coffee shop and lucked into some relaxation time in this fabulous and cozy leather chair. If Steve and I ever find one (or two) of these in a thrift store, we are bringing it home for our library.
We ended up our day in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Brewery for some micro brews. Delicious!
Back at their house, sweet Olivia kept her eyes on me,
while I modeled my just finished Spud & Chloe Fine socks in Calypso. I had bought the yarn at Brooklyn General last April, and was determined to finish the second sock on this trip. Success!
Sinon took the opportunity to walk across my kitchen mat that is in progress, using the Lion Brand Lion Cotton I bought the day before at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Thursday we headed into Manhattan; it was a gorgeous, sunny day. I can't get over how many beautiful flowers there are throughout the city.
Our first stop was Lion Brand Yarn Studio, where these "flowers" were blooming.
I wanted a picture of Mere in front of the window, but she's not into it, so it's just me. Isn't their display wonderful? It's all knitted, even the astronaut! Am I holding a shopping bag? Why, yes I am, but I got a 25% discount because I'm a member of their Ravelry group! Cool, huh?
I know I took a picture of these door handles last year, but I do love them.
The next stop was M&J Trimming. I had never been there before, and it was overwhelming. This is just one little section of the store. Amazing. And overwhelming.
I needed reviving afterwards, so Mere took me to pinkberry where I ate pomegranate frozen yogurt with fresh blueberries. She noted that it's customary to take food photos before you eat but I couldn't wait. Yummy.
Honestly, we walked for quite awhile before we stopped for lunch, and this time I took the picture before devouring the food. Why don't I ever think to make simple and delicious meals like this one? It was delicious, filling, and light.
And because apparently I can never have enough photos of the Chrysler building, here is another one. But isn't it wonderful looking against the backdrop of the blue sky?
I'll post about the Brooklyn portion of my trip next, but for now, it's off to bath and bed. School is back in session tomorrow!
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Camillas and dogwoods are also very prevalent around here. Although I love pink dogwoods, the white ones remind me of the first house I owned and where I had both of my daughters. We took the "just home from the hospital" photos of both the girls under that beautiful tree. I wish I still had those photos. We also had a gardenia bush at that house, but we dug it up and gave it away when I found out that its fragrance gave me sick headaches. So, even though they are beautiful, I will never have one.
Gladiolas remind me of my Aunt Rose, as she always had an abundance of them that she would cut and arrange into glorious bunches. Peonys are my mother's flower; she loves them but they must not grow as well here as they do in Pennsylvania, which is where she grew up. Still, I keep buying them for her and she keeps trying, so one day maybe.
Honeysuckle and wisteria are also favorites of mine, as they grow so well in the wild. I've always wanted both but they are so invasive, I'm not sure Steve would go for them.
And now Steve is filling our yard with wonderful rugosa roses, which grow very well in the sandy soil we have. I love the idea that in just a few years, we will have a yard overflowing with beach roses, making our place "Rose's Beach Cottage" in both meanings of the word.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
My spring break started at 4:00 p.m. today and I was in my pajamas by 6:00 p.m, but I feel at loose ends somehow.
I'm scheduled to receive another steroid shot in my foot in the morning, followed by a visit to the library book sale, but the rest of the weekend is pretty wide open. I'm hoping to clear out a few more bags worth of stuff to donate to the thrift store this weekend, and maybe do a little school work. Then I'm going to choose my traveling knitting, because I'm flying to New York on Tuesday for a visit with Meredith! I'm really looking forward to it.
Larissa Brown, using some blue Berroco Vintage in Dungaree blue, but I'll probably be finished with it before I leave, so I doubt I'll be taking it with me.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Isn't it funny how we find blog posts at just the right time? I found this quote at tentenknits today, just when I needed it. Steve and I are looking at a big change coming at us and while he accepts risk and change with open arms, I tend to face it with fear and dragging feet. I'm definitely a person who makes the best of every situation, but embrace change? Not my style, really. And this would be a big change indeed.
I wrote the paragraph above about six weeks ago, but didn't post it. Now it turns out that change has come, but not exactly the change I was originally writing about. But isn't that usually the way? In order to respect the privacy of my family, I can't say a whole lot about what is going on just now, but suffice it to say that we are undergoing some big changes. The type of change that may seem bad at first but will more than likely make us stronger. The most important thing is that we all have our health and we all have each other, and really, those are not only the most important things, they're really the only things, aren't they? My family and I have the opportunity to be creative and to grow and to try some new things, and that's just what we're going to do.
Have a fabulous weekend, dear ones.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Dinner tonight was a clean out the refrigerator type meal; salad with roasted chickpeas, and homemade hummus. Just what we needed on this lovely spring day.
Monday, April 4, 2011
I'm making a version of this for dinner tonight, using what I have and leaving out what I don't. For one thing, I'm adding some potatoes to the onions, along with the other ingredients, hoping that tastes good. Can't imagine it wouldn't, can you?
I stopped for yarn and needles after work today, since I'm going to be teaching an after school knitting class again this year. It was kind of a last minute decision but I figured, what the heck. I'm trying to up the "cool" vibe by calling it Knit Cafe.
I bought about equal amounts of Debbie Stoller's Full O' Sheep yarn for some felted project options, like coasters and i-Pod cases, and Sugar 'n Cream cotton for a washcloth option. (Sorry about the 90 degree off normal photo, but either blogger or my computer is being cranky.) I think middle schoolers will like those colors, don't you?
I did get some of the finished projects washed this weekend, ready for gifting, including this little pink hat. I just love this pattern. And just for fun: Thank you, Ann & Kay, for the super-fantastic link!