I know I've been remiss posting updates about my Olympic Knitting but I hope to make up for it here...
Saturday, we slept late, and checked out the Delmar Loop. Lots of vintage shopping, boutiques, and great little restaurants.
Carma found some great things in Tag, and I bought some things in Ziezo. We shopped Phoenix Rising, and bought mustaches at the Avalon Exchange, to resurrect an old joke.(Some of you might remember the picture from the old blog.) Of course after the drinks, we forgot about the mustaches. Speaking of, Carma, do happen to have mine? I cannot find it anywhere.
That afternoon there was a hot air balloon race, so we headed up the the rooftop bar in the hotel, and had a great time, until the tall folk showed up.
But, we did meet the owner of the hotel, he and his companion were delightful. So about three hours later, (We had been joking saying we went up for a drink and three hours later stumbled back to our room, until we realized that it had actually been three hours.)
We then jumped on the Metro link to head back out to the mall to eat at PF Chang's. This is where we learned that I can drink, and still use chopsticks.
Sunday, we again slept late in our insanely comfortable, but very tall
beds, checked out, ate at Blueberry Hill, checked out a few more shops,
including Knitty Couture, and then we went our separate ways home.
I leave you with a picture of our beds. The comment was made that one looks like it exploded, while the other one looks barely slept in. I leave it to you to guess which bed was mine and which was Carma's.
I have some fantastic pictures and stories from our trip to St Louis but evidently I don't have some important thing on my computer to get my pictures onto it and The Boy took his computer (which does have the aforementioned important thing) to The Lodge so I can't use that.
I don't have a lot of knitting news that I can show you, hence the reason (well, one of them) that I have been MIA. Right now I am working on a Super Secret Knitting Project, otherwise known as Erin's Birthday Present. Yes, I am aware that her birthday was a month and a half ago. We have to chalk it up to the fact that I'm evidently a bad friend and a ridiculously slow knitter.
But as soon as the Super Secret Knitting Project is done and received by Erin I will be sure to post pictures (If I have iPhoto by then... souped up "old computer" still with i Photo) . I have to say I'm pretty proud (or will be when the stinking thing is finished).
In other knitting news. My fair city of Cedar Falls has a new(-ish, they opened in December) yarn shop. I'm over the moon about it. I have very little experience was a LYS, the previous shop is small and while the owner/ sole employee is a real sweetheart the hours for the shop don't really work with my work/life schedule. Plus it's small enough where I feel like if I go and hang out I'm in the way. Not so with this new shop. They are open 7 days a week AND open late on Thursdays. I'm starting to get over my fear of knitting in front of people, especially other people that also knit. (As Erin will attest I'm a dork). And I've learned a TON in just the 3 times I've visited. Granted 2 of those visits probably count as multiple visits, I was there so long. If the weather ever gets nicer I'm going to start walking down there from my apartment. I did that on one rare nice Saturday in the beginning of February. It's about 2 miles one way, so I figure I can rationalize to The Boy spending the day at the yarn shop (rather than helping out at the Lodge) if it's in conjunction with exercise. :)
After I finish the Super Secret Knitting Project I have a couple other projects that I am thinking about.
One of my coworkers is expecting and in the early stages (which means I have a lot of time, see comment about being a ridiculously slow knitter). So I was thinking a wee baby sweater might be in order. I have a pattern that includes BIG yarn and BIG needles so as long as I can get over my mental block about seaming (see comment about being a dork) I might be able to do it.
I also have the supplies to make myself a Sophie Bag. Or rather a modified version of the Sophie Bag. I'm thinking about making a buttonhole handle rather than a I-cord or beaded handle.
I also have a goal to go through my knitting "collection" and utilize Ravelry more with regards to that. While I was at the LYS the other day another woman there was looking into knitting a project where she wasn't sure if she had the proper needles. Pam, LYS worker/ instructor extraordinare, let the woman use the computer to pull up her profile on Ravelry. Lo and behold she did have the necessary needles. I never even thought to use this feature, especially in this way. This explains why I have a phenomenal number of needles. in mostly the same sizes (Honestly one person does not need this many size US 10 1/2!). I also want to put my yarn "collection" on there but I fear photographing my yarn in my dark apartment will make me not want to knit with any of it. This long winter and case of cabin fever does not need to bleed over into my hobby.
Seriously, will this winter ever end?
Sorry for my lack of posting... As Erin mentioned I moved in some new digs a couple weeks ago. New digs that currently doesn't have internet access. We're working on that so hopefully soon I'll be connected to the world once again.
The long and short of it is The Boy and I found an apartment closer to where we're building and closer to where we both work. Or rather he found it. He saw the apartment, committed us to a 6 month lease and paid the deposit before I ever laid eyes on it. I saw it for the first time two weeks after he saw it, on the very day we signed the lease. It's a really cute place, it's small though. The Boy VASTLY under estimated the amount of stuff I own. Thankfully his parents offered up a corner of their basement for my storage needs.
Hopefully The Boy and I will get some stuff up on the walls in the next couple days and I can get some pictures for you all.
Right now the only wall decorations are a couple of my purses that I hung up for lack of place to store them.
Other than that there hasn't been much knitting (all of my knitting related stuff is at the new place, The Boy is smart enough to know he shouldn't suggest otherwise) because of the need for unpacking and general adjustment.
Moving is a pain....
Ok still no picture of the cool "new" couch. It's currently piled in The Boy's sister's room. Hopefully it (and us) will have a new home before she comes home from the Netherlands on February 13th. Otherwise there's a real chance we're going to have to move that couch twice.
I do, however, have a picture of a different furniture gem that I picked up at the same sale as the couch. I didn't realize this color existed in fabric.
Behold the new chair...
To say I freaking love this thing is an understatement. How could you not smile when you see it in your living room? As long as it's not in direct sunlight.. Then you might go blind.
Now I just need a cute "period appropriate" (what can I say The Boy is rubbing off on me) footstool. And a little knitting basket to go with it.
I know aren't they all really?
My dad is having surgery this morning in Cincinnati (yes the assuit amount you will recognize that I live, and am currently in Iowa... he was afraid it would be a "bigger deal" if I came down). It's to remove a kidney stone and it's less evasive than it could be but it still surgery and he's still my dad.
So if you get a moment and could send some positive healthy vibes in my dad's direction I would greatly appreciate it.
I'll update when I can.