19 May 2009

Ten on Tuesday: 10 Favorite Cities

I saw this one making the rounds today and decided to join in...

1. New York - my home now where there is always more to discover
2. Boston - my former home, it's such a great size, filled with history, culture, Red Sox, good food, yarn, and people
3. Chicago - my original home town: deep dish pizza, architecture, Lake Michigan, Cubs, family and friends, of course
4. Venice - so gorgeous; I visited in late spring before it started to get smelly but am pretty sure I would put up with the stink to spend more time there exploring and getting lost
5. London - history, architecture, culture, and I speak their language
6. Paris - beautiful
7. Gloucester, Mass. - my former home, too
8. Bath, Maine - my New England home with lobster, beaches, and our teeny, weeny house
9. St. Louis - home of my alma mater, the Arch, toasted ravioli, very thin pizza, a delightful botanic garden, and a lovely little art museum in Forest Park
10. Nantucket - the quintessential coastal New England town

12 May 2009

Happy Mother's Day (and some FOs)

I hope everyone had a lovely Mother's Day. We had a lovely time here in NYC - perfect weather (blue skies, sunshine, but still crisp and breezy), my parents came to visit for the weekend, and Penelope is starting to sleep through the night. Isobel was so excited to spend time with her grandparents, though she wasn't too keen on the idea of a day that was about mommy and not her.

A while back my mother mentioned that she would, after all, like a pair of fingerless mitts to keep her hands warm up in Wisconsin, so I decided to knit her the Wine and Roses Mitts from IK in the called-for yarn (Jade Sapphire cashmere 2-ply - yum!). They turned out very nicely, and she was quite pleased with them, particularly the color.

I sent those cable footies to my Grandmother not too long ago so thought I'd make her something a little silly. She does have a shawl, lap blanket, cap, gloves, and footies from me already, so there isn't too much more to knit for her as we head into summer. I hope she likes this little orange, which was great fun to knit (Franklin Habit's pattern over on Knitty). The orange yarn is leftover from her gloves, and the green is some Cascade Heritage. I would have preferred a hand-dyed green for a leafier effect, but it is still cute.

And I finally made a Hemlock Ring blanket for myself. Love it! I used some sheepy Lopi that the woman who used to own my old house gave me (I think she'd found it at the Transfer Station). The yarn is almost like pencil roving and had a lot of vegetable matter throughout, but picking it out sort of added to the enjoyment (I know, weird). I love the contrast between the lacey pattern and the serious, heavy-weight yarn.