Sunday, October 30, 2005


Aren't you scared?

I am. I haven't been posting that often.

Must mean I'm busy or something.

Vancouver was maaarvelous. Went garage sale shopping and found a pair of red levi cordoroys for four Canadian dollars. Then discovered the joy that is Winner's. Winners is the Canadian equivalent to Marshalls in the states, but with a greater selection and bigger brand names. You can't help walking out of the dressing room shouting "I think we've found a winner", but that's just me being a tacky American. Found a new zippered hoodie there and a pair of leather wedge boots. Happy Happy joy joy.

Of course there was some crafting involved. My friend and I went to a quilt show of the local Vancouver quilter's guild. Very nice show with some beautiful quilts. We also found out about the Pacific Northwest Quilt show happening in August '06. Must go even if I don't qualify to submit a quilt.

Also visited a swanky store in Yaletown called The Cross, if you're in Vancouver, stop by this shop, they carry a large variety of candles, journals, French ephemera, books, and furniture, that it's impossible not to take home something special.

In knitting news I felted another flower basket bag today. Loving the Brown Sheep burlyspun for it. Good thing because I have plenty of skeins of it burning a hole in my knitting closet, I mean craft room. Hopefully I will line the bags next weekend.

Knit night at Marin Fiber Arts was another hit. Warren introduced me to a new fiber combination involving a Cascade ribbon and Crystal Palace kid mohair. He was knitting a swatch of it and I announced that it would make the perfect evening bag, so he stuffed some of it in my hands and asked me to make him one. who am I to refuse the offer of free yarn? anyhoo as soon a I finished knitting up the last flower basket bag I set about creating this sparkly wonder. No photos yet (Mr G has the camera today), but the combination is just perfect for holiday gifts and the pattern I'm creating is super easy.

Went again to MFA this afternoon to meet up with some knit night knitters and met some new people. I love knitting it is the center of my universe right now, which hopefully my husband won't find offensive. He will always be the person at the center of my universe, albeit draped in hats, scarves, socks, mittens and the random skein of yarn.

Anyhoo, I have to write some thank you cards to people. I finally used one of my massage gift certificates this weekend and it certainly made me make the most of the day.

good luck and happy knitting


Friday, October 21, 2005

See you in Vancouver


I'm flying to Vancouver tonight to visit a friend. I can't wait to see her new house and see how big her daughter has grown. It's so good to do a bit of travelling. Also I hear good things about the yarn and quilt stores of Vancouver. Good thing I've been saving my money!

I haven't had much time for knitting, especially with all of the concentration cable knitting requires. I finished Luke's socks, which turned out a a little too small for him. Funny how they're the perfect size for me. I have to buy another skein of that regia for him. I'm going to make another pair of socks for him. I can imagine the two of us sitting together fireside in our matching socks. Its enough to make me sick, but that's what marriage and knitting does to a couple.

Knitting meeting was last night. Good fun as always. Warren's store opens next Tuesday. Check it out, the yarn is very well organized according to manufacturer and the atmosphere very friendly. Warren's been working on these baby mohair socks from crystal palace. I am majorly coveting these socks, but Warren can't sell me the yarn because it isn't priced yet.

Anyhoo hope you all have a great weekend.


Sunday, October 16, 2005

Alright I Give Up

It's fall. This is our busiest time of year at work and I have the tendency to get stressed out. Often I'm reluctant to do the things that keep me from stressing out. You know like eating well, working out or getting enough rest. I had planned to make the drive down to visit my mother, but once Friday night came around I was exhausted and felt the beginnings of a cold coming on. So I stayed home on Saturday and I renewed my membership at the gym, but still it was a busy day, doing laundry and getting groceries. I have to say just walking 20 minutes on the treadmill gives me renewed strength and does ease some of my stress.

healthier is a better way to live.


Monday, October 10, 2005

It Hurts

I'm so tired. And it's only Monday.
Went to the Tracy Chapman show last night at the Fillmore. Amazing. She did a cover of Rising Sun that was sensational. And Ben Taylor's set made me an instant fan.

However, I'm exhausted. I'm too tired to make myself dinner, but I've got my cat. And that's enough to make me happy.

Lord knows there's a bunch of stuff I should be doing. There's some stuff I should be writing, which I'm always thinking about in my head, but can't quite get down on paper. I should be doing the laundry, at least be doing a few rows of knitting, but I'm too tired.

Oh yeah, I ran into an old friend at the TC show. A word out to E.H. - it was great seeing you hope we get another chance to catch up!

What else is going on? Alot, some of which I won't mention because it's too sad and I don't want to depress you, but if you believe in the power of positive thought, throw some happy thoughts to my friend Rebecca.

I really shouldn't wonder why I'm so tired. I am a busy girl. And I'm thankful for that.

I was reading my friend Tai's profile on Myspace. Tai's a good friend. He's always trying to tap into my inner-danceclub-child, but after watching the video on his profile of that last big party he went to, I was surprised. Usually when I view such things, I think to myself, wow wish I went to that, but now, it seems like the most boring thing on earth. I will take a well cooked meal with good friends and interesting conversation over big time partying any day of the week. Yes friends, my days dancing on tables are over.

I must be getting old and I'm not ashamed. Bring on the knitting needles.

La Fille Grenadine

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Move Over Martha Stewart!

I just had the best time cooking an autumnal feast of pork tenderloin with roasted butternut squash and wilted spinach. Yummy yum yum. And we had apple crumble pie with Vanilla ice cream. We had company over and it was nice to catch up with our friends. I may have encouraged one of them to take up knitting again.

anyway my husband is feeling neglected because I'm apparently blogging too much (ahem my last post was in September!) so I've got to go, but here are some knitting projects in the meantime...
tell me if you can guess what they are.