Friday, July 20, 2007

An Ode to Ellen

Dear Ellen

Thank you.

Not for being such a good and fun (new) friend.

Not for the kisses from Mr Cutie Jake when I'm having a particularly bad day.

Not for loving Crowded House as much as I do.

Not for allowing me to be part of your family and surrogate parented by your mom and dad.

No. Not for any of that.

Thank you for taking me, Elizabeth and Allison to Taconnelli's where, I'm pretty sure, I found my god. That is the most amazing pizza I've ever tasted in my life. Seriously. I will go might as well put some dough on standing order for us.

For that I say, GRACIOUS.

White pizza with onions...YUMMMY!

Monday, July 16, 2007

10000...Blueberries and Losses

It was a lovely, hot, humid weekend here in Philly...what a better time for my sister Allison and her hubby Mike to visit. We were busy with eating at Allison's favorite Philly joints including The Ten Stone, MOTS and Rita's Water Ice. We also did some shopping and were lucky enough to be part of the Phillies 10000th loss. Above all, it was annual Blueberry Picking Weekend at Haines Berry Farm.
I'm one with the blueberry bush...

That is 13.5 pounds of solid blueberry goodness!

Maggie Loves Mike!!!

Ali and Mike at Citizens Bank Park

Sadly, the Phils did have their 10,000th loss on Sunday :-(

Allison is roped up with her blueberry belt and ready to go!

Ali becomes one with the blueberry bush...


Elizabeth loves berries!

Allison took lots of "art shots" of the berries

Friday, July 13, 2007

Knitty update

Here is what I've been working on...

Cabled Socks in STR "Emerald Isle," finished the first sock at lunch today

My variation of Sarah Blanch shawl from "Folk Shawls." I'd guess it is about 1/2 way done.

Infant Placket Neck Pullover from "Last Minute Knitted Gifts" in Kersti...

Yummmm....Just have to graft the last sleeve and weave in ends...

Another Koigu shawl...this photo doesn't do the colors justice. It is a pattern from the Dale Of Norway Lace Shawls Leaflet...but I just really wasn't interested in knitting a shawl in Baby Ull. Does anyone blame me.


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The Pain

Yeah yeah yeah...I blog in a week.

It is HOT AS BALLS...and did we mention the humidity? I'm melting, my door is some swollen it has to be pushed open with force and the wood floors are buckling. It is very moist.

Today, I saw the foot doctor. I, indeed, have developed bone spurs on both of my heels. They look REALLY cool on the xrays, like little hooks hanging off the bone. At this time, surgical removal is NOT necessary. But, to treat the plantar fasciaitis, I got a cortisone shot in my right foot. I couldn't handle getting one in the left. Cortisone shots suck major ass. I've had one before in my shoulder...this was NO better. I'm all achy and swollen at the injection site. At this time, I'm icing my foot. Lucky for me (!) I can get up to two more shots over the next six weeks...somehow I doubt that will happen. Maybe after the initial trauma wears off, I'm hoping it feels better. I'll keep all of you loyal readers posted.

The other pain also has to do with feet...but this time with the pair of knitted socks I was making for my English pal Steven. I WAS making them in Brooks Farm Acero, which Brooks is marketing as a sock yarn. I love this colors and the quality of the yarn is wonderful. But this ain't sock yarn. I decided to try them on, just to check them out...I couldn't get them over my (ca)ankles. Yes, I have wide feet and an abnormally high instep, but I was getting gauge in the Fiber Trends "Peak Experience" Mt. Hood Pattern...and this yarn just doesn't work. It has NO give that you do get in other sock yarns like STR, Shepherd Sock...etc. I ripped this off the needles. I'm fricking pissed because I had already turned the heel and done all the gusset decreases and on first glance, they do LOOK great. Wasted knitting time...:-(

So, I'm going to start "Loskins" in Shepherd Sock colorway Devon. Have you seen this colorway. It is new and it is AMAZING!

Also check out TRKFLD bags. These were recently featured in the Philly Mag and I just had to check them out for myself. Let's just say, I purchased one last night at Philly Runner and it is hot! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT. And I don't think it is the last one I'll be buying...

And here is this weeks, "Oh how I love this city" post; thanks for ripping up my street 5 weeks ago, subjecting my car to the new and fun game of manhole dodging and posting "NO PARKING" signs all over the place for the last week and NOT PAVING ANYTHING...GREAT JOB!!!

I told you the heat was getting to me...

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Day off in the middle of the week

Every Christmas Eve, we Bach's cozy up in front of the TV and watch a classic, favorite movie of ours, "Holiday Inn."

It's about an entertainer (Bing Crosby) who decides to open an Inn in Connecticut only on the Holidays, complete with holiday themed entertainment. The most amazing scene is on the Fourth of July, where Fred Astaire does an amazing solo dance using firecrackers as props. Well, guess what I found on YouTube today...

It's awesome.

I'm going to be lazy some more...but I need to get the camera out for a knitting photo shoot...this will follow soon.