Currently, I'm at my house, trying to do a bunch of online training that would be nearly impossible to get done at my desk given the amount of phone calls and drop-in traffic I have. That said, I can't log in and am waiting on two different call backs that will assist in my issue. So, in the meantime, I'll entertain you with some pretty pictures and a few random stories.
In April, we had a housewarming/come see the backyard and/or meet Annie party. We had lots of friends bring booze (thank you, all) and one couple brought us an Ice Cream maker as a housewarming gift (Thanks again Eric and Suzette!!!!) ! If you know anything about me, you should know I never turn down ice cream. So, I decided to give it a whirl this week. The first attempt wasn't so good, as I was impatient and didn't let the bowl freeze long enough. The second attempt though? YUM. I followed the basic vanilla recipe, but as usual, used my Mexican vanilla, not bourbon or from the grocery store. Incidentally, if you or anyone you know is going to Cancun, Cozumel or anywhere near there anytime soon, if they can bring me back some vanilla, I'll pay them for their troubles. No joke.
This is what the final product looked like. I added three kinds of chocolate. Milk, dark and cocoa nibs. Tasty!
Annie didn't like that she wasn't allowed any.
Before it's six months after the trip and I haven't shown you anything, for the fiber folks, here's what I got while in California!
A cone from Artfibers. I'm thinking I may make this with it, but I'm open to suggestion. The material is 87% bamboo and 13% silk. You can't tell from the photo, but its mostly a pine green with a fleck of brown/gold in it. The sheen is just gorgeous on it.
4 skeins of Koigu (I know none of them are the same) came home with me from Imagiknit. I've never seen the amount of stock that this place has... yarn floor to ceiling in a store the size of my house! I figure I'll make striped socks or another chevron to replace the lost forever one... I've decided the chevron I had been making out the Socks that Rock Silkie is going to a friend. They're much more her colors then mine and she needs a new scarf. It had been hibernating for some time, but now I'm seeing her this weekend so I better get going!!! I realized this winter that the scarf she seems to wear the most is one I made out of LionBrand Homespun 5+ years ago. She needs an upgrade:)
I know its June, but these are just her colors... it will be an early birthday present for her!
And, a sock!!! See, I have been knitting. I'm working on perfecting my short row heel. It's so much faster and less fiddly when you get it down then the heel flap for on-the-go knitting, which is what most of my socks are, so we'll see how this goes in the future. I love a tricky sock pattern, but when I just want to zone out on the train or in the car and still be able to carry on a reasonably intelligent conversation, a simple sock is the way to go.
Aren't the colors great? This is the Elizabeth Bennett sock yarn from Yarn Love I mentioned last week . The base is merino, silk and bamboo. SO soft!!!
Okay, back to fiddling with the computer. Hopefully this training will get done today. Otherwise, I'll be doing it on my own time this weekend! Grrrh!