Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Caution: Long Post Ahead!

I'm finally back on the normal routine, so this is a good time to share pics of all the cool stuff that's happened over the last week!

First of all, Thursday was my birthday and I was really excited because Mikey and I were going to spend two nights up in the Napa/Sonoma wine country. I'll get to that later, but I gotta share the fun stuff I got to open that morning:

Birthday presies from my boys: two cool CDs from 40 Pound (inside joke), and a cup for tea with two travel size candles
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I wanted to "dress up" my usually casual wear, so I spent the day prior knitting up a flower pin to wear. I used the pattern for the flowers found on this sweater in Knitty, and the leaf is from a book I have in my collection. I put them together with a pin backing I got from Michael's and... voila!

Flower pin I made using Brown Sheep Prairie Silk, leaf using Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride
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So, with CDs in the changer and the flower pin safely attached to my top, we headed up north and stopped at two yarn stores in the city. First, we went to ImagiKnit, where I picked up two balls of yarn, some needles I needed for the necktie I want to knit for Bubs, and the Summer 2004 issue of Interweave Knits.

Gedifra Fashion Trend Stripe wool/acrylic blend
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We finally made it through the rain to Sonoma, our first stop on this trip. We stayed at this very cool place called the Gaige House Inn. I can't say enough about this place - everything was top-notch. To call the morning meal a "breakfast" just doesn't do it justice. It was truly a dining experience. I could go on, but I'm starting to sound like a broken record because I've been telling EVERYONE who'll listen, how great this place is!

We had an hour to kill before picking up the dog from the kennel in Napa, so we did some light shopping at the gift store at COPIA. We bought quite a few food-related postcards which I'll frame and put up in our kitchen, my favorite being this one:

My new friend for the kitchen
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When we got home there was a large package waiting on our doorstep. It was our belated (to put it mildly) Christmas present from my sister-in-law, who lives in Missoula, Montana. Among the many treasures inside, this was the most... unusual:

Moose Drool ale from Big Sky Brewing in Montana
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We cracked one open the other night and enjoyed it with a roast chicken. Very yummy stuff, despite its gross-sounding name!

And finally, for anyone who's still reading this entry, here's the scarf I worked on during the trip. It's a pattern from my Knitting for Dummies book, eyelet lace version. As you can see, I'm still working on the neck ribbing part, which will later be grafted together. I think it looks cool in a hippy-retro sort of way.

My almost-finished scarf in Brooks Farm's Four Play yarn
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