Saturday, March 3, 2012

Hello it's me...

I've thought about us for a long, long time...Wow! I think this has been my longest stretch of not posting anything to my blog! I miss it, although I have been checking in with my peeps! Peeps! Easter is right around the corner!!! I was actually born on Easter Sunday. My 5th birthday was on Easter. Won't happen again until 2043 when I turn 84. Guess I'll have a party if I make it to 84. You're all invited!
I have been sewing. Just not for me! Boo!!! Seems like I get one job done and another one rolls right on in. Oh well, guess I'm popular with the sewing impaired crowd. I have been knitting as much as possible, but have been suffering from a bit of knitting ADD as of late...flitting from project to project. I finally settled on a project for the Iknitarod group on Ravelry. Having a concrete goal should keep me on task. I am creating a button down cape from the Winter Vogue Knitting magazine. It's going pretty well except when Mr. Man asks me if I've ripped out anything lately. I always seem to mess up after that question and get caught ripping it out! Because of work demands I was unable to do the Rose City Yarn Crawl. I did manage to hoof it up to Knit/Purl on my lunch break yesterday and was rewarded with a beautiful tomato red sample sweater they had on sale for $20.00. I know I should DIY, but I can't even buy the yarn for that and it was the perfect color. The only bad thing was that it had these huge butt ugly buttons that needed additional snaps to keep it closed. YUK! I removed the snaps and the buttons this morning and replaced them with buttons I like. Here is the sweater:
Here is a close up of the vintage buttons I added:
I like these much better. I also purchased a copy of the Knitter, a UK knitting magazine. There were several projects I would like to make out of it. Maybe when the cape is done...
The sun is actually out this afternoon. Big improvement over the sloppy snow we have had lately. Rain is predicted to come back next week. So much to do to get the garden ready...maybe I will chance planting the beans in the cold frame next week...must talk to Mr. Man for feedback.
In food news, we have been really into cooking with good olive oil and balsamic vinegars from the Oil & Vinegar store. My new favorite is Elderberry, Apple & Lime vinegar. It's a sweet citrusy blend. Tom cooked some Tilapia the other night and then grilled some pineapple rings. He deglazed the pan with raspberry BV and topped the fish with the pineapple/vinegar sauce...oh my gosh! Heavenly! So then last night he surprised me with some trout he smoked, so I made a super salad with it with an Elderberry, Apple & Lime vinaigrette I made...mmmm Makes me hungry thinking about it!
The poms have all been bathed and nails trimmed. Seems like I always quick Jo no matter what method I use to do his nails. Poor little Diva dog. Sam is a dream to groom. So well behaved. Well, guess I better get off the computer and get busy. Hopefully it won't be such a long time til I post again.l


Marjie said...

The buttons on that sweater are marvelous! I can't knit at all, so if you're just ripping out a little, that's pretty good. And ignore Tom's little remarks, then you won't have to rip out at all! I'm doing some ADD sewing here, or at least ADD planning. I don't get beyond piling various patterns with various fabrics, then going to cook or read or something. I think it's the season. At least, that's my excuse.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Seriously, $20 for that sweater--it would have been a crime to pass it up. I like the button update!