Saturday, November 9, 2013


What a beautiful fall afternoon. Spanky and Darla are taking full advantage. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Bye Otis

Goodbye sweet Otis. I loved our time together. 

1998 - Nov 1, 2013

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Swirling thru my Thoughts

I recently purchased the book Knit, Swirl! by Sandy McIver and after looking through it I decided I wanted to knit one of the sweaters for my mom. I think she'll be able to pull off this style and after showing her the book, she was game. I've been searching for just the right yarns and I decided to use this as an opportunity to try out some yarns from KnitPicks and Webs that I have been curious about but never seen in person. I think. I'm going to end up doing a Sheer Beauty style where every other welts a lace weight sheer yarn so I bought a couple of colors of pretty Alpaca blend lace weight and I'm trying it with a a few other options to see what appeals to me and to Mom.

The first swatch is in process and I will update as I make progress.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Caffeine Crawl - St. Louis

I spent the day yesterday traveling around the city of St. Louis and learning about coffee. The Caffeine Crawl was a well organized event and the different coffee shops were great to check out. We started at Kaldi's Roasting Facility and learned how the beans get their start. This was the only downside of the event in that there were too many people I the space and you could not hear the presentation but seeing the equipment was cool.

Next we broke into groups of 25 and headed to the different shops. Our Route started at Comet Coffee near Forest Park Community College and this was a cute little place. The people were friendly and the coffee was good. They also had some interesting ways of brewing a cup of coffee.

Next stop Kakao Chocolate and really all I can say is yum. Oh, and they had a fabulous window decoration going on!

Next we went to Sump where the coffee theory was just over my head. While I can appreciate it, I'm just not that into it.

Our next stop ended up being my favorite of the day, Northwest Coffee. Here we got to learn about the roasting process but since we were a smaller group we could all hear it and enjoy. The barista kept the coffee flowing and even offered lattes and espressos to our group. I felt more welcome and comfortable here than anywhere and their outdoor fire pit was just perfect for the chilly afternoon.

The last stop of the day was Kayak's Cafe and here we learned about a single cup brewing process that was interesting but more than I'm really willing to invest in time and process for a cup of coffee. The shop was nice and had some great looking food too.

The tour ended back at Kaldi's Roasting Facility and they had all the makings for a fun after party. Unfortunately I couldn't stay but I expect the good times continued. This was a fun way to spend the day and the planning of the event kept it on track so a win all the way around.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

St. Louis Quilt Show

I went out to the St. Louis Quilt Show this afternoon and was again amazed by the beautiful work on display. I love all the different shapes and sizes and styles. Here are a few of my favorites for various reasons. Beautiful!!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Wacky Woolies

I love my me favorite coffee cup from Web's ( So adorable!!!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Winter Wisteria

Yesterday I wore, and finally got decent pictures of, my Wisteria pullover. It's made out of a beautiful green color Malabrigo yarn that is really tough to photograph. The first picture of the front is the closest but the one of the back really shows the cables.

This was the second sweater I made and I learned a lot from the experience. While I love the yarn and the pattern I probably would not have put them together in hindsight. The fabric they make at this gauge is a bit tight so the sweater has a bit less drape than I would like. However, it is super soft and warm and I love the cables so I am happy to wear it!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

It's a New Year

This year one of my goals is to use and wear more of my knits. I tend to knit these beautiful, in my humble opinion, items and then I put them away in a bag. Well, that's just silly and I'm working to change it. I'm going to make an effort to pull out my old projects and make sure they get some love from the world. Today I have already worn my Bramble Hat and my Noro Knockoff 2 Scarf and I am currently cuddled under my Hemlock Ring Blanket.