Sunday, April 1, 2018

Weekending-In Real Time

This weekend had a bit of an early start on Friday. I brought Sophie to the office after her grooming session and we left the office a bit early.  Friday night I managed to get a great photo of Sophie-the right angle in just the right light. 
 On Saturday we went to visit my Mom and we had a picnic at the park near her apartment so she could spend time with Sophie.  We've done this a few times and we always have a nice time.  It was a little nippy, but the blue skies and sunshine were hard to resist.  Not a great food photo, but the quiche was delicious, and we also had mimosas,  berries, and hot crossed buns.
My plan was to complete all my chores on Saturday, so I could have Sunday to relax and get some knitting done.  I got the afternoon prepping breakfast and lunch for next week, laundry and cleaning the apartment.  Saturday evening I started pulling out yarn so I could figure out what I was going to take with me to a conference I'm attending and working at Monday-Wednesday of this coming week.  I wanted something I could pick up and put down easily, and also knit on MARTA.  So many options!
I decided on the Lace Ribbon Scarf- 2008 Knitty!- I printed this pattern years ago, and I think it will be perfect.  I'm using some very old stash- Kitchen Sink Dyeworks Lux Merino Fine.  This yarn has such a lovely feel.
There's been other knitting too-Balise is now at the divide for the sleeves stage.  Knitting on size 3 fingering weight yarn is something new for me.  I'm loving it so far.

 I've also gotten to the cuff of one sleeve on my Pretty in Pink (Beckett).  This was on hold until I could try it on, and it fits perfect.  Now it's zooming along- I've done the neckline and will complete the other sleeve before I finish the body.  I have a few more inches to go on the body before I do the back and forth portion and the hemline.  I know by the time I finish it the weather will not be suitable for merino and cashmere, but it'll be ready for fall.
 I cast on Sunshine Coast.  I've had 10 skeins of Seta Tweed in my stash for about a year and have tried unsuccessfully to find a pattern that would work.  I think I'm on the right track.  Once I change t the longer needles I'll get a better photo.  Heidi Kirrmaier's instructions for the short rows at the collar are the best I've seen yet!  Since she gives a discount on buying multiple patterns, I've have 3 of her other patterns which I know won't disappoint.
There were also cocktails-right now I'm enjoying the porch swing.  It calls for bourbon, rose water, raspberry syrup and sweet tea.  My modifications are rose syrup, raspberry syrup and unsweetened tea- so good!
I hope your weekend no matter how you spent it was exactly what you wanted.  I'm looking forward to more of the lovely weather we had the last couple day-the pollen-not so much!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Whoosh-ing through March

I knew it had been a while since my last post, over a month!  Since then when I went to get my stitches out I ended up passing out from either the pain [which wasn't too much], or the anxiety of having the stitches out.  It was a "fun" day at the after hours care-not!.  I've managed to squeeze in a physical and had my eyes checked, and make a trip to see Andrew in DC.   I figured I might was well do a March in review post before its April.   I had a great time with Andrew, and hadn't realized that it had been almost 17 years since I had been to DC as a tourist.  It was a great weekend and Andrew is becoming quite the DC area host!  I had a late flight out of Atlanta and arrived at his place around 8 pm.  We hadn't planned a jam packed schedule, and since Saturday was not a "great" weather day, so we limited our outside time.  We were going to go to the Renwick Gallery, but when we arrived it was closed for an exhibit installation-definitely a place to visit next time.  We decided to walked from Pennsylvania Ave to Dupont Circle where I visited a LYS-Looped Yarns.  Such helpful folks, and I totally plan to visit them again next time I'm in DC.  Our next stop was for brunch- so good- complete with mimosas and belini's [no photos of any of these stops].

Our next visit was to the Hillwood Estate- this was such a neat place, and I hope to go back and tour the gardens.    Here are a few photos from Marjorie Merriweather Post's collection of French and Russian porcelains and "artifacts".  Such a fascinating lady!

Yes, these ARE Faberge eggs-goodness so much to look at.  We walked a different route back to the Metro and ended up passing several embassies and consulate homes which was pretty cool.  Next time I'm going to take a lot more photos.
 We decided to take a short break at Union Station-this is Andrew's stop when he commutes to work.
Once we were back at Andrew's apartment; there was knitting-I'm on the first sleeve of Beckett, and we weatched re-runs of The Office.  Cocoa needed some snuggle time with her Granny!

Andrew bought me a bottle of prosecco-what a thoughtful boy, and I showed him how to open it.
Sunday started with brunch at Scion and a carafe of mimosas!  This place was much better than Saturday's brunch location, and it will definitely be my go to place when we are in Silver Spring again.  It's just 2 stops from Andrew's apartment on the Metro.  
What better way to burn off brunch calories than exploring central DC.  Our fist stop was at the Smithsonian-I wanted to see Julia Child's kitchen.  They had a video playing of some of her demonstrations-she was such an amazing and funny person.

As we came around the corner I saw one of Mr. Roger's sweaters. It wasn't until after his death that I read somewhere that his mother made all his sweaters-so cool!  This sweater was amazing and such fine craftsmanship.

After the Smithsonian we walked along the Mall and past the Washington Memorial then onto the Lincoln Memorial.

 a rare Andrew photo!  The view of the Washington Monument from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
 There was a wreath laying at the Korean War Veterans Memorial-I had seen this memorial before in the evening, and wanted to make sure I got to see it in the daylight.  So moving.
 Next, we headed to the National Law Enforcement Officers memorial.  We visited this site in 2001, and sadly more names have been added since then.
Our last stop was to a pub across the street from Andrew's office.  This building is where he works and just to the left is Union Station.  We enjoyed a snack at the pub and a beverage before we headed back to Andrew's apartment.  I can't wait to come back and see some of the other things that DC has to offer.
I feel very blessed to have the chance to spend some time with Andrew, and hopefully it won't be too long before the next visit.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Weekend-slight setback

I had lots of plans for the weekend, but due to an encounter with a mandolin I'm finding typing, knitting, taking a shower a bit difficult, and everything else that requires my right ring finger.  I know  slowing down can be a good thing, but I wish there had been a less painful way to make that happen.  I'm not even sure how I'm going to dry my hair in the morning.

By Sunday evening I managed to get everything done including a bit of knitting.  Steve and I were able to check out a couple park areas on Saturday after our visit to after hours care for stitches.  We have a couple options to propose to the Guild board for WWKIP Day, so I hope to have the set by the end of the week.  We also explored an area of Atlanta that we've got on our short list for where we'd like to live.

The finger is doing fine and I'll spare you all the gory details.  I will say that compared to the last time I had stitches in my finger the way they numb the area to be stitched now is waaaay better than it used to be-- modern medicine is a great thing.  I hope you didn't experience too many set backs this weekend.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Fly by Friday

So apparently the key to getting all of my "standing hours" is to spend time with the binding machine.  I told the guys at work this was a medieval torture device that was part of the pit of misery [dilly-dilly- if you know the Bud light commercials!].  I had my 12 hours before 2:00 and typically it's at least 5:00 before this is accomplished!  I'm soooo loving my Apple Watch-it really keeps me on track and organized.

It's been a bit fast and furious at work with a final audit of 2017 enforcement activity, preparing for a training session I'm conducting on Monday afternoon, and our first every Board meeting on the road on Monday.  There has been lots to do and I was thrilled that by the end of the day everything was packed and ready to go for Monday's 9:30 am departure time to Columbia, SC.  I think the crazy will continue until mid-June when we submit all of our annual reports and budget.  Just in time for summer-y cocktails on the deck!

This week I also had our monthly Atlanta Knitting Guild Board meeting, and I'm in charge of coordinating the World Wide Knit in Public Day for our area on June 9th.   Steve and I are going to check out a park that is probably going to be the site for this event, as well as, the general area as an option for when we look at houses more seriously towards the end of the year.

Thankfully I met up with Mary's Monday knitting group for a while on as there would have been no knitting at all this week.  I'm hoping to do some this weekend, and definitely while I'm on my road trip.  Luckily I don't have to drive, so I'm hoping to make serious headway on Beckett, and if this weekend pans out, I hope to swatch and cast on at least another sweater before we head out-we'll see. 

Tomorrow's weather is supposed to be great, so it'll be top down when we venture out to the park, and Sunday is supposed to be really yucky.  It should be a good time to get some knitting, swatching and packing done.  I hope the week has flown by and there is some downtime coming your way.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Five on Friday

Five things I'm looking forward to:

1. I booked my flight to DC to visit Andrew in March and for the first time ever I had enough frequent flyer miles to pay for my ticket.

2.  In the photo above is my order of Coast for 2 sweaters I plan to knit- I'll use the dark brown for Michigan by Amy Miller and the sea-foam and off white for Balise by Marie Greene.  Mary was kind enough to organize the order.  The upper left is what Mary will use for her Balise and Deena will use the upper right.

3.  A 3 day weekend, and I'd better enjoy it because work is gonna get CA-RAZY over the next few weeks.  With a new director wanting to put his own "stamp" on things I expect there will be lots of revisions and changes to the 2 reports that I have to put together.

4.  Just a couple things on my to do list this weekend, so I'm hoping for LOTS of knitting and maybe starting on Steve's Alaska wall hanging, or at least reading through the instructions.

5. Catching up on the Olympics; especially the figure skating.

The weather is supposed to be kinda yucky, so I'm glad that I won't have to be out in it except tomorrow when I get my hair done.  I hope the weekend finds you having a chance to do all the things that you  love.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Weekending-Good eats

The weekend started with an early departure from work on Friday; Sophie had a grooming appointment and then she hung out at the office for a couple hours.  It was definitely a top down day, and we took the long way home.  Saturday was the day to get things done-inside.  The weather was soo yucky.  I had several "administrative" things that have been on my to do list for a while.  One important task was  to renew my passport before it expired.   I also wanted to clean the apartment, and do laundry so that Sunday could be my "play" day.  I managed to get everything ticked off before bedtime on Saturday- yea!

A couple weeks ago I went through both of my Deb Perelman aka Smitten Kitchen cookbooks and marked the recipes I wanted to try.  This weekend featured 3 of recipes all winners.

Saturday featured the seared halibut and gazpacho salsa with tomato vinaigrette from her first cookbook The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.  I substituted cod for the halibut, and did not make the salsa.  We had this with steamed asparagus and cacio e pepe potatoes anna which is a SK recipe from her newest book Smitten Kitchen Everyday.  Both of these were delicious.  Next time I do the fish I think I'll use halibut and make the salsa, but probably not the vinaigrette.  The recipe makes a lot and now I don't know what to do with the leftover dressing.

Sunday night we had the Chicken and Rice, street cart style from the Everyday book.  I used brown rice because that's what I had on hand, and I didn't have yogurt to make the sauce.   This dish was just okay, but on Monday I got the naan bread and the yogurt so I could serve the dish the way the recipe was intended.  What a difference it made having all the components.  I'd make this again, but add make it more red pepper so it'd be a bit more spicy.  That makes 3 down and about 30 more to go!  I haven't even begun to tag my Everyday Korean book, but think I'll get on that before the Olympics are over.  What's cookin' with you?!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Unraveled Wednesday

I'm going to try and give this Unraveled Wednesday thing a shot.  Fortunately I haven't had to unravel anything recently.  I have finished Taproot, but will wait until I've made my adjustments before posting a photo.  Currently I'm working on Beckett by Marie Greene, I'm knitting this with Rowan Finest which is a combination of extra fine merino, cashmere and royal alpaca in the colorway Happy.  It is soooo soft, I can't wait to see how this turns out.  I got this I think for 45% off at Cast on Cottage so a total win for me!  I've been taking photos at work because the light there seems to show the true color.

I recently finished a Gather hat for myself.  I'm on a quest to finish up my worsted weight yarn, and I thought I had enough to finish this hat with the russet color, but had to substitute a bit .  I'm totally okay with having a bit of black at the top. 
 I'm almost done with another Conversationalist hat using more leftover Berroco Vintage.  I made 2 baby sweaters from these yarns for die-hard Packer Fans.  I may have enough to put a small pom pom on top.  I think I'm going to be set for hats for a while.  I have a pair of mittens I've been trying to finish for quite some time, so I think that will be working on that when I'm not knitting on Beckett.  I'm thinking any other hats I make will go into a charity box to give away in the fall.
Finally, here's my most recent Smitten Kitchen recipe- Farro and Tomatoes.  I had farro for the first time at our Guild pot luck and it was delicious.  This recipe from SK was equally delicious.  I will definitely be trying more Farro recipes.