Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Baby sweater

Baby sweater

I am almost done with this baby sweater. I had to rip out the beret and I will have to start over but the sweater is almost done.

Back to work today. It was wonderful having 5 days off!

Do you know of anyone that wants a job in Alameda in a yarn store? No joke. I am looking for someone to work.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Cooking is the best!


A friend of mine bought me and Mr Yarn cooking lessons at Ramekins in Sonoma. She went with us. We did a New Orleans Jazz Brunch that consisted of:

Bourbon Street Sparkler (with wine and bourbon whoooo hoooo)
Beignets and Cafe au Lait
Eggs Sardou-poached eggs in artichoke bottoms nestled in creamed spinach, topped with Hollandaise sauce.
Shrimp Etouffee-served in a flaky vol-au-vent puff pastry shell
Andouille Sausage and Potato Hash
Bananas Foster
Creole Prailes

It was good. What can I say? After we did that we went to Mt Tam and sat around at the Inn up there drinking wine and eating cheese. A great day.

While in Sonoma we stopped at a nursery and I adopted this weird little plant. They guy called it a pregnant onion.

Pregnant onion

Friday, May 26, 2006

A little break

Hey guys,
Not much to say so I am going to take a nice lonnnng weekend and be back next week. Have a great memorial day!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

There is no place like home

Home home home

I just wanna stay home today. Wish I could. I think I am getting Agriphobia. Shutup...not really. It is just that I am finding that the little time I have to myself that I just want to stay home. As a matter of fact I want to stay home during the time I don't have to myself.

This weekend Mr Yarn and a friend of ours and of course ME are taking a New Orleans cooking class at Ramekins in Sonoma. Monday is a BBQ at a friends house. Should be fun!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

All done and washed


I finished the Bohus sweater and washed it. Voila.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


raised garden beds

We planted our raised beds last night. We planted a bunch of herbs (mostly basil) and vegetables. We planted black-eyed peas, beans, leeks, Bok Choy, Pimento (to smoke in the smoker and make that smokey paparika) and I don't remember what else.

In these tubs are peppers that Mr Yarn wants to put in the smoker to make his own chipotles.


Lastly here is a picture of our planting table with odds and ends of stuff that needs to be planted. I am not even sure what is there.


Knitting? Yeah, but it is all the same stuff.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Knitting is good


I am rolling along on Ballerina. I love the construction of this sweater. It never gets boring to knit on. I forgot to bring home the baby sweater I am doing at the shop. It is coming out great and all I have left are the sleeves.

So, I am hunting down the original yarn that Starmore's Aberlady was done in. It is discontinued but I have to find some. I know I did this sweater already but I want to make another one.

To jog the memory this is the one that I already did.


Friday, May 19, 2006

Blog blahs

Don't have anything to say or to show you but you know damn well that I can't just say nothing. So, I am working on the baby sweater for a friend, and the Ballerina jacket (which is REALLY fun to knit) and I am just burnt out and tired. I don't even have a picture.

Steph: It is ok the kids didn't take the owl barf. YES, I am REALLY excited about Annie getting married!

Jennie: Yarn I showed back a few was from an online company called Frangipani Guernsey yarns.

Sorry I pooped out on this post but I will be back after the weekend.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

I don't usually do this but...

I don't usually post two things in one day, but I saw this on Martin's blog and it really just blew me away.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps on Transbuddha

Owl barf-free zone!


Thanks to Lisa's nice friend who seemed to want the owl barf I now have a clean pathway and tree.

Ok back to knitting.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

A little detour


I had to start this sweater yesterday. It is out of Cashsoft Baby DK. I promised to make it for a friend to give as a gift. Hey, I finished most the back already so it won't be a long detour.

Went to go look at the Brazillian Room for Annie's wedding last night and we ran into two other couples there that Annie and Tim know that are getting married. I think that this spot was a no.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

You love me anyhow


Know what this is? This is something that I started because I couldn't feel my hands anymore after working on the 40lb Dale sweater. Besides that I am sick of it and not even sure it will look good on me. I digress. I am doing this one because it is somewhat interesting construction and technique. Guess what it is. It rhymes with Big Butt.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Bodega Bay


This is another sweater that I am thinking of doing next. It is Alice Starmore's "Bodega Bay". This is the sweater that Mr. Yarn got me the yarn for my birthday.

The yarn is pistachio in color:


Argh, so many sweaters so little time.

Thursday, May 11, 2006


My beautiful sweater

All done and sewn together. I just have to wash and block it. Too bad that now I am done it is in the 70's and getting hotter. I love this sweater and don't have enough good things to say about working with this yarn.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Thank God


Mr. Yarn comes home tonight. Lily and I are happy!

so is Niko


Tuesday, May 09, 2006

What to do?


Next project! I don't know if I want to do this kit that I got from "Twisted Sisters" or if I want to do something else. Other things that I am thinking of is another Bohus sweater, or Alice Starmore "Bodega Bay", or Cheryl Oberle's "Three Sisters" or the big butt sweater Hanne Falkenberg "Ballerina" ( is a challenge and doesn't matter if you think it will make my butt look big)

Monday, May 08, 2006

Almost there

almost done

Mr Yarn is out of town and I have been knitting lots. I am almost finished with the body of the sweater. Just the sleeves and then steeking. I need to find a sewing machine this time. I am stupid twice in a row.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Gimme Your Stuff


So, I was asked what do I have to offer for swap in the "Gimme Your Stuff fun, boy oh boy. I am in Northern California and I gotta tell you that there is tons of stuff. If you can think of something that you want from the United States, I can probably find it. So, you ask me what it is that *I* want? I am usually looking for things like Tasmanian honey, or some weird herb that I need to cook with. So lets swap!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Cultural Food Exchange


Rikki left a comment on my blog to check out this website. I think that I am going to join along. It is a cultural food exchange from all over the world. Ok, not ALL over yet because it is new, but l am going to give it a try. Thanks Rikki!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Another day


My dog wouldn't cooperate and she hates me taking pictures of her ever since I started this blog. So, unless I wanna whine about how I either need a root canal or to have the tooth pulled (they don't know which one yet) I will show you yet another picture of Sirdal. Boring.


Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Spring Fever


I really want to be hanging out in the yard drinking margaritas. It is beautiful outside. I can see BBQ time on the horizon.

Uh, Mr Yarn, you need to mow the lawn.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Another day


I didn't get too much done on my sweater. This sweater feels like it is just dragging along. That is because it IS just dragging along. I have to say that ONE Dale sweater goes a long way.


Mr. Yarn bought me three cones of Frangipani Guernsey wool to make Alice Starmore's Bodega Bay sweater. I wish you could see the color better. It is Pistachio. It is beautiful. Who knows when I will get to that.


We had a great time yesterday. We went to the International Food Fair in Berkeley and hit up lots of international markets. I did some shopping at the Spanish Table and a Spice shop and a Middle Eastern market. We had lots of fun.


We did some cookbook shopping too!!