Monday, September 26, 2016

Another Visit to the Garden.

My FitBit recorded nearly 32 hours of sleep for the last three days; and it really does feel like I slept through weekend! I knew I was tired, but whoa... so it's a good thing I have a story from Friday to share. Lydia and I met up for a visit to the Botanical Gardens and lunch. This was her first time to see the Chihuly exhibit and my second. I'm happy to report that the pieces I loved back in May are still just as stunning.

I found a few new favorites, too. The Children's Garden wasn't open when we went last time. This piece sits atop the trellis gate that leads into that section.

But even without that grand entrance, the Children's Garden looks like a lot of fun - I look forward to sharing it with Charlie next spring.

I love how this installation highlights the Garden's location - an oasis in the heart of the city. (and it wasn't until I cropped the photo that I noticed Lydia at the right :-).

Here's a view in the other direction.

And how about a few #blueskyblooms.

Hope your week is off to a blue sky start! Happy Monday!

Friday, September 23, 2016

FO Friday | George.

...we interrupt this week's planned programming (I promise I'll be back on Monday with news about that cocktail!) to bring you a surprise edition of FO Friday! Since this one features Charlie, I figure y'all won't mind.

The last you saw of George (back on August 31), all he needed was a head. and a face. which he got the next week.

Then he had a much needed bath.

(after which he needed three full days to dry). But he was ready for Charlie's birthday on the 13th.

And today, I have the photos to show you - George is a hit!

...I also have a new lock screen photo :-)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Situational Monogamy.

I've been faithful to my husband for over 35 years, but apparently I cannot be in a monogamous relationship with one knitting project for even a week.

I put the yarn away when the beautiful kit for My Cryptonite arrived last week from Skein (I haven't even taken a photo to share with y'all!)

I looked the other way when the BrooklynTweed collection dropped last week AND when the lovely new Shibui Drift arrived in the shop.

But yesterday, when I saw Thea Colman's latest cardigan, I succumbed. It was this detail shot of the back neckline that sent me over the edge. And a saddle shoulder - I've never done that!
image copyright 2016 BabyCocktails
...and - I'm not gonna lie - a worsted weight project on something bigger than a size 4 needle.

I came home from class with nine skeins of Woolfolk FÅR and the pattern. This morning I swatched. Surprisingly, my gauge is a bit tight, so I'm going up a needle size - to a NINE! - to swatch again. With any luck, I'll be ready to cast on tomorrow.

I was so smitten with the design, I even purchased Dry Curaçao to make the suggested cocktail. I'm planning to give it a try after class tonight and will report back.

Hopefully I'll get a few more blanket repeats done today, so I won't feel quite so guilty about cheating!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ten on Tuesday | Looking Forward to Fall.

This week, in honor of the official date that Summer changes to Fall, Carole's invited us to write about our favorite summer moments and the things we're most looking forward to for fall. I've already shared my summer highlights, so my whole list is about fall. and narrowing it down to just ten is hard!
from Friday morning's walk - Caribbean filter

1. The color change. Most of the trees around here are still green - or, sadly, thanks to our hot dry summer, almost bare - but I'm holding out hope for the maples and oaks.  and playing around with the Prisma app is fun, too!

2. Fall lips and toes.

3. SWEATER WEATHER. wearing them, knitting them, thinking about knitting them, it's all good!

4. Red wine and cooler weather cocktails like Manhattans and Negronis.

5. Family birthday season. It really kicked off last week with Charlie, but Marc, Rob, Sara and I have "real" fall birthdays.

6. Seeing Sara (she says she's coming for Thanksgiving). and my mom (she's definitely coming - and staying with us for a few days which is a first!)

7. Jeans and boots.

8. Porch time (except that I have to get out there and clean it first).

9. Apples, pumpkins, roasted vegetables and chili.

(yep, I saved the best for last)

10. Charlie's little brother.

It looks like it's going to be a great fall... I can't wait!

How about you? Look forward to seeing what's on your list - if you're not already playing along, click here to join the Ten on Tuesday fun (and thank you, Carole, for hosting another great week!)