Saturday, March 28, 2009

Emerald is done

Pattern: Emerald by Amy Swenson
Yarn: Briar Rose 4th of July - from Rhinebeck
Notes -LOVE THIS SWEATER and the yarn!! :)

Friday, March 27, 2009

for a new one

welcome to this world...

fabric butterflies

I've been looking for something to do with all the quilting fabric I have - looks like this might be the ticket: If only there were more time in the day for crafting...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

spring is coming, take 2...

Calla Lilly for a wedding at the Museum for Women in the Arts in DC

Flowering Quince from my back yard

Yellow Roses in my back yard

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


This past weekend in DC with Pam & Becky was great

We ate some really awesome food...

and ate some more really awesome food...

stayed in a cool, retro hotel with Barbie & Ken framed near our bed...

had fun in the hotel lobby with strange curtains...

saw an AMAZING Louise Bourgeois exhibition at the Hirshhorn...

saw some incredible modern sculpture

and ate lunch at the American Indian Museum ....

Thanks, Pam & Becky!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Beanpole Beanie

Pattern: Beanpole Beanie (ravel it)
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Angora
Color: Peacock Blue
Notes: Used a much smaller gauge to get a tight, warm hat

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

spring is coming...

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden eye candy...Are you ready for spring?!

Monday, March 16, 2009


I made this recipe a while ago, but was thinking about it again this morning! Baked Eggs with Spinach and Tomato - Yum...

Sunday, March 15, 2009

99 Things

Saw this on Nebula Designs and decided to post yet another list of things about moi...:)


Things you've already done: bold
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven't done and don't want to - leave in plain font

1. Started your own blog.

2. Slept under the stars.

3. Played in a band. (Does Rock Band count?)

4. Visited Hawaii.

5. Watched a meteor shower.

6. Given more than you can afford to charity.

7. Been to Disneyland/world.

8. Climbed a mountain.

9. Held a praying mantis.

10. Sang a solo. (Again, RockBand!)

11. Bungee jumped.

12. Visited Paris.

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch.

15. Adopted a child.

16. Had food poisoning.

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty.

18. Grown your own vegetables.

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France.

20. Slept on an overnight train.

21. Had a pillow fight.

22. Hitch hiked.

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill.

24. Built a snow fort.

25. Held a lamb.

26. Gone skinny dipping.

27. Run a marathon.

28. Ridden a gondola in Venice.

29. Seen a total eclipse. (Of the moon)

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset.

31. Hit a home run.

32. Been on a cruise.

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person.

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors. (Ireland, no; Scotland, yes!)

35. Seen an Amish community.

36. Taught yourself a new language. (Spanish, French & German)

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied.

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person.

39. Gone rock climbing.

40. Seen Michelangelo's David in person.

41. Sung Karaoke.

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.

43. Bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant.

44. Visited Africa.

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight.

46. Been transported in an ambulance.

47. Had your portrait painted.

48. Gone deep sea fishing.

49. Seen the Sistine chapel in person.

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkelling.

52. Kissed in the rain.

53. Played in the mud.

54. Gone to a drive-in theatre.

55. Been in a movie.

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout cookies.

62. Gone whale watching.

63. Gotten flowers for no reason.

64. Donated blood.

65. Gone sky diving. (absolutely not!)

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp. (Weird, I know, but I would like to visit one)

67. Bounced a cheque.

68. Flown in a helicopter.

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy.

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar.

72. Pieced a quilt.

73. Stood in Times Square.

74. Toured the Everglades.

75. Been fired from a job.

76. Seen the Changing of the Guard in London.

77. Broken a bone.

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle.

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person.

80. Published a book.

81. Visited the Vatican.

82. Bought a brand new car.

83. Walked in Jerusalem.

84. Had your picture in the newspaper. (In college for my French family exchange)

85. Read the entire Bible. (part of it)

86. Visited the White House.

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating. (Prepared a fish that the hubs caught)

88. Had chickenpox.

89. Saved someone’s life.

90. Sat on a jury.

91. Met someone famous.

92. Joined a book club.

93. Lost a loved one.

94. Had a baby.

95. Seen the Alamo in person.

96. Swum in the Great Salt Lake.

97. Been involved in a law suit.

98. Owned a cell phone.

99. Been stung by a bee.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

almost finished and halfway there...

The spring surprise baby sweater is almost finished...The pattern is Henry's Manly Cobbleston Inspired Baby Vest by Nikol Lohr [ravel it] It is a really well written pattern, and free too! Once I have buttons, I'll post the finished product. I absolutely love this sweater and can't wait to gift it!

This sweater is my labor of love, but I'm almost there. I purchased this gorgeous yarn at Rhinebeck (Briar Rose) and have struggled to whip it into something. There's nothing wrong with the yarn. It's Briar Rose Fourth of July - it's soft, squishy and the colorway (rose, soft orange and olives) is truly amazing. The problem that I've had is that to make a chunky sweater, I need to double the yarn. Doubling yarn with size 11 needles and my small hands hasn't been completely satisfying. After ripping out the first sweater I attempted last fall, I am now on my way with Emerald by Amy Swenson [ravel it]. This pattern is so interesting and really well written (it's also free on If you decide to make it, pay attention while you're doing the waist and neck decreases as you'll be making them at the same time :)

Happy Thursday!

Monday, March 02, 2009

I don't want to jinx myself but...

It's been a good knitting day :) Maybe the snow helped? Two posts in 1 day and 1 finished object!

Pattern: O'Wool Cabled Hat by Cathy Campbell
Yarn: O'Wool leftovers from February Lady Sweater

Finally, the real stuff and a FO

We finally received snow in Richmond, and not just 1-2 inches of snow, but 7-8 inches! All Northerners are laughing at us right now, but it's super exciting when you NEVER get this type of weather. I feel like a kid.

On the finished object front: I've posted several times here and on FB that I'm in a knitting rut and have lost my knitting mojo. Nevertheless, I did manage to finish another small project in February. This sweater is for Ryden (the baby brother of Landon - remember the caterpillar sweater?) and I hope he's not too big to wear it by the time I see him!