First and foremost, proof that there has indeed again been progress on sleeve island. Slow, interrupted progress, but progress nonetheless.
So, this past weekend we went to Columbia MO so that dh could ride in the MS150 bicycle tour. (He did his first ever Century - 100 mile ride, on Saturday). This is normally something I would have ridden in too, except that I've been having issues this year - right now it's asthma, but its been one thing after another since spring, so I didn't plan to ride. I planned to work on the sleeves for Liz. hmph! best laid plans and all that.
I looked up Hillcreek Fiber Studio Saturday morning, not looking forward to spending a day in a Ramada Inn that was slated to close forever on Sunday afternoon, therefore it was in pretty decrepid condition. Turns out the store was literally within walking distance of the Ramada. So, I wandered over and was served blessed coffee by Joan, who was in the shop early to teach crochet to Vicky. Bex, (the daughter of Carol Leigh who is the founder of Hillcreek Fiber studios) who is the manager of the knit store got in a little later, to teach a class, that I decided on a whim to take. Marina, you're gonna not believe this - actually, many of you are not gonna believe this, but Marina may shoot me. I took a class.
Using this as a kit. Didn't get very far on it either. But now that I've got it, it's gotta find it's way to completion this month too. Dang! Care to take a guess? not particularly hard.
They were lovely, let me hang out most of the day, and they have an incredible library of books as well as some beautiful yarns that you just don't see everywhere. The Oak Grove boucles are fabulous. I used some in the Chanel jacket woven fabric that just came off my loom. It's pricey stuff, so you would really want to use it judiciously, but it is gorgeous.
I scored two out of print pocket books. I've checked these out of the library here several times. There is some good stuff in these.
This book is my indulgence from Last week. Good thing too, since I've been lusting after it for awhile, and bought the last copy Nancy had. I found out from Bex that it is now OOP. The mittens in it really are magnificent. Who wants mittens for Christmas?
shoes. I just bought these this AM - saw the real thing yesterday at the Cole Haan store here in St Louis, but they didn't have any sizes left - so I ordered online. I love heels, I wear heels. Makes me taller.
Answers to last post questions:
- the cardi is a Karabella pattern and was actually on my list of things to knit this year. I cast that one on while we were on our cruise in the Carribean last New Years. knit the body and put it away. Time to finish it.
- Lorraine, I'm all over it. Shall we say, dinner cocktails at 6:00, dinner at 7:30? Actually, the pic in my profile was taken while I was cooking, (along with Michellers) for a bunch of GF's at Kims place out in Tahoe last July. There were about 20 of us I think.
- Thanks for the well wishes for Joey. but I'm not doing any more "he is doing well" updates. Even as I wrote that he was being admitted to the hospital with a high fever. I believe he was released last night, that was the plan last I talked to my sis, but prayers are appreciated.
- Tatjana, the Jamaican Jerk rub I make is a derivation of a recipe by Jay McCarthy, who really knows what he is talking about, but you can find a zillion recipes by googling both jamaican jerk seasoning, and jamaican jerk rub
- And thanks for the compliments on the herb pots, but they are really the doing of my very green thumbed hubby. my thumb is brown. He grows them, I cook with them. Keeps things in balance around here.
And finally! tada, I've finished reading Lyre of Orpheus by Robertson Davies. He is a Canadian writer who is joining my growing list of favorite Canadians. He writes with intelligence and humor. I really do recommend it. Especially if you can stay awake to read more than a few sentences at a time. Now I'm delving back into Time Travellers Wife (thank you Michelle). On the listening side of things, I'm 27 hours (out of 30) into Helen of Troy by Margaret George. Its good. Long, but good. If I were reading it though, I'm not sure that I wouldn't have put it down already. Surely she didn't need 1000 pages to tell the story of Helen, Menaleaus and Paris.
Finally, Happy Birthday Jon, my baby bro who is 35? today
ETA: It's Fashion Week in NY this week, for Spring '07 collections. I'm in heaven.... Have you looked at the