Friday, December 25, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
It's winter solstice and while it's cold, we didn't get slammed with the winter storm that hit the east coast last weekend. Nevertheless, the holidays are in the air - Right now I'm baking pork chops with apple stuffing and making butternut squash soup. Cinnamon and cloves hang in the air as does pine from the Christmas tree - gosh I love this time of the year.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I'm catching up on that initial book list I created in January that I have been sadly neglecting.
Here are the latest reads:
> House of Sand and Fog - Andre Dubas
> Testimony - Anita Shreve
> Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Monday, November 09, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I have been moving, unpacking and settling into the new home! Oh, and also trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up! That's another story. In the meantime, I did manage to get a bit of knitting done. I went back to my old standby - the Child's Rainbow Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I love this scarf and have made about 5 of them, but never one for myself. So, I went to Great Yarns in Raleigh, picked up some luxurious Malabrigo and knitted myself a scarf! It was fun and totally mindless knitting :)
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
- My house and my yard, where the hubby and I spend countless hours planting, digging and relaxing.
- My friends.
- Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, the place where I volunteer and spent numerous dinners at the tea house and countless walks through the garden. This place is truly a gem in Richmond and I will miss it terribly.
- Kuba Kuba restaurant and their black coffee and Huevos rancheros with beans
- Edo Squid restaurant
- The sound of the Richmond speedway from my house (not!!)
- Walking through the Fan
- The holiday light festival (wow, is this amazing) at Lewis Ginter each year
- Bryan Park
- The Richmond vegetarian festival
- VCU's wackiness
- BBQ Tofu sandwiches at Harrison Street Coffee
- Lunches at Little Mexico
- Modlin Center, where we've seen some really amazing shows
- The Yarn Lounge, the "Pottery Barn" of yarn in my opinion :)
- Almond lattes at Can Can Brasserie
- Tree lined streets in my neighborhood
- Monument Avenue
- Karen's diner, who graciously served us free breakfast one Easter Sunday
- Stir Crazy cafe, where the hubby and I walked to get coffee many mornings
- Capital Ale House
- Belmont Butchery
- Comfort Restaurant
- Being close to Charlottesville
- Being close to Douthat State Park, another gem in Virginia
- Philly cheesesteak samis at that hole in the wall, Mojos
- The hubby's aikido parties
- Dinner with Katherine & Jake and the boys
- Sarah's dinner parties
- Playing Rock Band with Jen, Jill, Mike and the hubby
- Wine trips with crazy Bob from the wine shop
- Wineries - Jefferson in particular with Brix sandwiches from across the street!
- Fall in my neighborhood
- Christmas in Richmond, which always seems rather magical
- The Lewis Ginter plant sales
- The Lewis Ginter winter greenery sale (where you can get some amazing greens for wreaths!)
- The Maymont Herb Festival
- Thai food (but not the Indian food here, which is not very good)
- The Greek Festival
- Libbie & Grove - such a cute area!
- The stark contrast between University of Richmond and VCU, where I work
- Pope Avenue, which after Monument Avenue, just might be the most beautiful street in Richmond
- Whole Foods at ShortPump, an amazing store
- Malvern, another area that I love in Richmond
- Sette pizza
- Hermitage Grill
- My vegetable garden
- The renovated MovieLand theatre, with old movies and mimosas on Sunday!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
In addition to the insanity of the hospital visit a few week's ago, we've also decided to move back to NC. Oh Richmond, there are things I will miss about you!
It's been a whirlwind of activity around here the past few weeks: selling our house here,buying a new house there, the hubby starting his new job - the list goes on. Needless to say not much knitting has been happening. I hope to get back to it this weekend and be able to show you the nifty little linen basket liner I'm making :)
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
The fall-like weather outside ( our high today is only 70! ) is making me long for knitting! I'm currently working on a baby sweater as an entree back into the craft. I also need to put the finishing touches on a sweater I completed before going into the hospital. Photos to come soon! In the meantime, happy Monday!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
- I've been obsessed with salads the past few weeks - Spinach with fresh zucchini, squash and goat cheese is my new favorite dinner.
- The excessive heat in VA is making me long for winter - I just can't wait until things cool off.
- The garden has produced pounds of tomatoes this year - for that, I am grateful.
- The hubby is fascinated by the fact that I've never had fresh lima beans. I can't wait until they come in.
- I think I need to go see a love story in the theater - Maybe 500 days of summer will do the trick?
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
- Finishing up the sweater I'm currently working on while I'm listening to Indigo Girls at Groovin in the Garden tonight.
- Chocolate espresso beans.
- How tired my brain has become today - not because it's been challenged, but because I'm bored.
- Rhinebeck and how much fun it was last year.
- Friday - hallelujah.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
- I have completed 90% of the XO vest I started a few weeks ago. I'm trying to talk myself into finishing the rest, but frankly, I really don't want to! I'm not enjoying it and really just want to start on a new shawl for the summer. Is it ok to not finish a sweater that's 90% of the way there?
- NC is on my mind today; the hubby and I are still considering moving back. I'm not sure what I'd do there, but the Phd program might be an option...I just wouldn't want school to get in the way of knitting :)
- Peppercorn Ranch Sun Chips are mighty tasty...
- I can't wait to get home today to start on a new knitting project (that is, if I can forgive myself for not finishing that vest I mentioned in bullet point 1!)
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
A little something for Michael, Andrew & Jude - the triplets. Mittens and a baby blanket I finished back in January.Ravel it
Circular shawl for no one in particular. Could be a shawlette or a baby blanket. Ravel it
Last, but not least, the garden is beginning to sprout. All the rain has turned certain parts of the yard into a jungle. The peony is just gorgeous this year. Should also be a good year for veggies. (The last photo is from Lewis Ginter, but I'm hoping that my Irises look like that next year!)
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
38% Arts and Crafts
Arts and Crafts:
You tend to prefer simple to ornate and natural materials over man-made. Warm tones found in wood and brass make you feel comfortable, and good craftsmanship excites you like nothing else.
You enjoy patterns that highlight our natural surroundings such as plants and trees. You prefer rectilinear forms and straight lines, however you love to find intricate details (ooooh, stained glass!) where you least expect it.
Oh how you love the beach! Who doesn't, right? And so your dream home is either perched in your favorite beach town, or you've brought that favorite beach town into your house.
Your art and accessories speak directly to the activities that are found at the beach. Pieces of driftwood you found here, pictures or paintings of the amazing views there. Things that remind you of the coast - surf boards or fishing boats - are found throughout the house. The feeling of the seaside is both abstract and literal in the design of your space. The fabrics are natural, cottons and linens and are light in color and touch. Much of the furniture is wood or wood framed (the lighter the better, think driftwood!) and wicker, when done right, is a must.
And since your true inspiration is the sea, the colors and textures in your home are the same that you would find at your favorite beach: white, light beiges and grays of the sand and driftwood, a variety of blues for the ocean and sky, and greens and vibrant blues of the sea glass� but the key is white! Your space should feel light and airy and give off the mood one has when at the beach: laid back!
Your furniture is comfortable and the layout is cozy. The more it reminds you of actually sitting on the warm sand, the better! And what do you do at the beach? Hang out with family and friends - and your home is just an extension of this play place. And though the space is filled with large white furniture, it somehow manages to feel both durable and casual
What's old is new again! The beauty of Classic style is how well it takes all of the beautiful forms, colors and textures of the past and reinvents them in a way that feels both fresh and inspired.
The style itself is a mix of European influences and French, English and Italian antiques and replicas are often used together. Furniture is well proportioned and comfortable and the rooms give off an air of sophistication and grace. Oil paintings depicting still-life or nature scenes and emphasizing symmetry of pairs helps maintain the traditional nature of the room. Windows are often covered with opulent fabric shades and/or drapery.
Traditional rooms give off an air of history that seems to say "I was here long before you, and will remain long after you've gone." And yet, even with this level of sophistication, the rooms are soft and inviting.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I also started theXOX Vest by Amy King using some Jo Sharp classic wool I acquired at Webs in Northhampton, Mass. This pattern is so cute, but the yarn I'm using just doesn't fit. I've started over twice. I'm not ready to rip this one out yet, but really, will I wear it?
So, I'm now stuck, wondering what to do with 1200 yards of Brooks Farm and ~1000 yards of Jo Sharp. Maybe I just move on to something else and come back to this?
Happy weekend knitting!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Words cannot explain how much I love this shawl I've named Garden. It's incredibly soft, snuggly and just so simple it's beautiful.
Pattern: Textured Shawl Recipe - Ravel It
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino color: Garden (the hubs did a good job - he purchased this for Xmas!)
Last, but not least, here's the finished Owls sweater.