Sunday, March 25, 2007

GREAT Weekend










It never ceases to amaze me how it is the simple things in life that make me happy. Sunny, 68 degrees, a camera a County park, and a yarn store across the street from a coffee lounge - all that was missing was the choir singing "Aleluiah!" following me around.

Saturday I went to Balboa Park. The people watching alone could have been enough - I do believe that San Diego has some of the strangest "normal" people - I mean, New York has its crazies and LA has the actor wanna-bes but San Diegans have a percent of just a little "off-center". There is nothing really wrong with them, but they are just strange enough to make you wonder why they are the way they are.
Anyway, I got some great pictures... even during the "Winter" here you can always find something beautiful whether it be landscape (Anza-Borrego), flowers or archetecture.
Then today a friend and I went to Rebecca's Coffee Shop and The Grove yarn, books and gift shop.
I got a little yarn and knitted
for a couple of hours...
there will be pictures in my next post.
I hope your weekend was
as good as mine was.

Monday, March 12, 2007

No knitting but...

I had hoped to bring you pics of the beautiful desert wild flowers from the Anza-Borrego Desert. Normally this time of year there is an abundance of growth and color where most of the year there is nothing but sand and cacti. The past few years I haven't had the time to get out there and with the amount of rain San Diego has had (only an hour away) I thought it would be a great bloom. Unfortunately the desert didn't get as much as the coast. SO, you are stuck with pictures of sand ...yes, this is ALL compacted sand.

We ate lunch (MREs ("Meal-Ready-to-Eat" given to military troops while they are out in the field) The Man's prefered food of choice - he was a Marine for WAY too long!!! YUCK!) on this little shelf (where he is standing - look really close). Since none of this is rock but compacted sand, it is a little disconserting climbing up and down. You step onto what looks like a rock and it crumbles under your foot.

The Man in his element...
Me pretending to be in my element
while hiding from the sun...

And the most beautiful sunset.
An awesome trip even if there was no knitting involved. (I did bring some but I was too dirty to touch it!)

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Week of Winter - San Diego Style

It has been a week of rain and "cold" (yes, the heat comes on when it goes below 60 degrees). The Boys have been very cuddly -- well, maybe they are just trying to to get my knitting -- but either way I got some great pics...

and a little playing...

and a lot of "Kitty Town Races" - I am sure the neighbors are thrilled to live under the "race track".

I did manage to get quite a few projects done in between loving on the cats. This crocheted market bag has been awaiting my attention for a long time.

It is made out of a (cheap) craft "hemp". It is all one piece and when the bag is folded into itself it is small enough to fit into my purse or into my glove compartment.
I also FINALLY finished my first and ONLY Fair Isle project.
I started this as a Christmas present for a friend that I love to frequent coffee shops with. After several starts and stops and a lot of frogging I just put it down until I finished the move. The yarn was repurposed from 2 thrift store sweaters that I unseamed and frogged. The blue is an angora/wool blend and the white is a plain wool. Since bleached wool doesn't felt as much, the white is actually raised a slight bit which was a pleasant surprise. Fortunately I am not really into using color patterns in my knitting (or anything else) because I really did not enjoy the Fair Isle process. I will stick to single colors.

Well, the sun has come out and it is time to chase the cats. Hope your week was as good as mine!