Today we met for a social gathering at Susan's home. It was lovely and delicious
Susan had the most beautiful table set for a festive afternoon tea
My favorite part (aside from the dark chocolate caramels with sea salt) was the beautiful collection of tea cups and saucers. I selected this one for my coffee.
My mother used to have a mis-matched set of antique cups and saucers so this brought back very happy memories for me. As if that weren't enough, Susan made her famous Charlotte Rousse - yum
When sliced, it's even more delectable with the sauce on top
I'll ask Susan if she'll share the recipe. But there was also some lovely fibre sharing going on.
Susan framed this lovely bread basket lace for her dining room wall. What a brilliant idea. I have one of these too, and I never quite know what to do with it. Maybe I'll frame it like Susan did. Copy cat.
I also got my holiday gift from Susan. Look how cute! They're stitch markers by Split Yarn. You can get some Scrabble stitch markers of your own on her Etsy site. Not much knitting was done, but we sure had a great time!
Betsy finished her sweater for her son. I didn't get a picture, but I immediately recognized it as the same one Stephanie made for Ken for Christmas. Technically, I think it's called the Cobblestone Pullover by Jared Flood which was featured in the Interweave Knits Fall 2007. Betsy made hers out of souvenir yarn from her trip to South America about 2 years ago. It was so much fun to see the yarn when she brought it home from vacation and even better to see it turned into a finished Christmas sweater.
It was the best possible way to spend a day with friends. Thanks Susan.
Remember my quest for a pattern for the Earflap Hat? Everyone was so helpful sending me links and pointing me in the right direction. Lin W was so kind that she even mailed me the Fall 2007 KnitSimple magazine whose cover featured an Earflap Hat with the bonus note that it knits up in two hours!
As if that weren't enough to put a smile on my face, Lin also included a gift for my tree. Look - it's a lovely lace angel
Thanks Lin. I am so grateful. Now I have to start knitting my cap. We've got our January Boy Scout winter campout coming up soon and it will be the perfect accessory to keep me warm.
PS - This Tassled Earflap Hat pattern is now for sale from Vogue Knitting. Please click HERE to get your copy today.
I decided to test my knitting speed. I got my project ready. Revved my engines. Started the timer. And away I knit.
BF is so good to me, so I picked up 3 more skeins of the Lobster Pot Cashmere in the Old Silver Beach colorway, my US Size 5 Turbo Addis and began knitting another pair of bed socks for him. I knit with no interruptions (except for one mistake I had to repair) and timed myself. I counted up the stitches. I did pretty well. I won't give you the details since the contest is still open (if you haven't entered, check out the contest HERE).
I will encourage you to time yourself. It's fun. It's a totally useless piece of knitting trivia to have about yourself, other than to post something on your blog and have a general idea of your knitting speed.
What's your knitting speed in S.P.M. (stitches per minute)?
Generally when the boys are at their father's house, BF and I have Date Night. It's a great thing to have a built in date night. We usually go out to one of our favorite restaurants in town - either Tarantino's or Zest. But with our new culinary capers resolution, we decided to try another eatery in town last night. This time it was our first visit ever to our local sushi bar.
For those of you who know us, you're probably wondering what the heck BF and I could possibly eat at a sushi bar. That's a very good question.
I ordered the yummy chicken teriyaki bento box. BF ordered the sizzling beef teriyaki plain with rice. I like California rolls, but that's about as exotic as I get. I've tried sushi at many restaurants before - but the Iowa girl in me just can't get accustomed to the taste and texture. So while I can't vouch for the sushi and sashimi at Matsu Sushi, I can definitely tell you that the teriyaki is excellent. We also liked the ambience of this restaurant tucked just off the Saugatuck River near the Westport Public Library. This is definitely going to become a regular stop on our routine restaurant rotation (once we finish our Year of the Culinary Caper Resolution).
My challenge to you - make a point to get out and discover new eateries in your very own neighborhood.
We're so glad we did. We've learned more about our town in the first week of this resolution that we ever could have imagined. Plus we've already squeezed in a Date Night every single night this week. I promise our culinary capers will slow down once the boys are home and we're back to our normal school routine.
I put a lot of things on my Christmas Wishlist this year. I tried to give generic ideas. BF is so good to me - he got me everything on my list. One thing I wanted was a OOAK (one-of-a-kind) ornament by local fiber artist Suzanne Urban. She has many websites - but the one that combines everything is Walnut Beach Artist. Suzanne makes these amazing felted creations and auctions them on ebay about twice a month. I've tried several times in the past to *WIN* one, but I'm not the best ebayer, so I called in the big guns. Yup - BF. He managed to win, not one, but two felted ornaments.
Great Santa Spirit OOAK needle felted art bear portrait head ornament is hanging from the fireplace in my Knit Nook.
Rudolpho OOAK needle felted art-bear portrait head ornament is gleefully adorning the Christmas Tree and bringing smiles to everyone.
To see more of Suzanne's amazing creations (felted ornaments, illustrations and more) check out her blog at Walnut Beach Artist. Tell her Major Knitter sent you.
I made a list of all the eateries in Westport, Connecticut yesterday. If I didn't miss any public eateries, I came up with 110 places to eat. Granted that counts the 3 Starbucks, the 2 Dunkin' Donuts, etc. BF and I have been to nearly 2/3 of them. This list is interesting because it made us aware of eateries we didn't even know existed in our town. In fact, we went to check one out last night.
I ordered the shrimp satay appetizer. It was yummy, spicy and had a lovely peanut dipping sauce. BF ordered the Tiger Beef. It was fine. This restaurant was a tough one for us because we're not big on spices, bell peppers and many other ingredients in Thai and Vietnamese food. In fact, we picked out the simplest food on the menu. Not too spicy. Not too many ingredients. Not too many vegetables. I'd like to know how others like it.
1849 Post Road East Westport, CT 06880 (203) 255-2748
After dinner, we wandered around town checking our list and seeing if we had included every restaurant. We found a few new eateries - a health food store, a seafood fast food restaurant, lots of pizzerias and more. This one is a bit of a stretch, but we wandered into one of the local chocolateries in town
1460 Post Road East Westport, CT 06880 (203) 259-6991
What can I say? I'm a self-confessed chocoholic. I don't like milk chocolate. I like DARK yummy chocolate. Dark chocolate covered caramels are one of my favorites. Chocolate toffee, chocolate fudge and chocolate covered coconut are right behind. This is definitely worth a visit for the chocolate lover on your list.
In my household, everyone gets socks and underwear under the tree. It's sort of a running joke with my kids. When they ask me what I got them for Christmas, I always reply "The traditional socks and underwear". This year, BF was home sick with the flu the week before Christmas which hindered my stealth knitting time and I didn't get the chance to knit his socks. Instead I gifted him the yarn and needles which led to quite the look of surprise. Late last night, though, I managed to finish his Christmas socks - just in time to call it a night. Of course, the heater was finally repaired, so they weren't as desperately needed. They were still greatly appreciated for the man of my life who has cold feet ice cube feet.
They're a perfect fit! These socks are the best sleeping socks for the man who has cold feet. I used 2.5 skeins of Lobster Pot cashmere and US Size 5 Turbo Addi's - 40" length and knit them up in the Magic Loop method. Quick and easy gratification. I've often wondered how many stitches are in a pair of socks. Granted, these were done in worsted weight wool so they have far fewer stitches than other socks I've knit in fingering weight yarn. But still, I'm curious. Won't you help me figure this out?
Take a guess! I'll have a two-fold contest so you can help me figure out how many stitches are in BF's Bed Socks.
I'll give the person who guesses the correct number of stitches (closest to the actual number without going over) two skeins of Koigu KPM in a Navy Blue.
The second part of the contest is the number of stitches per minute - the first person to guess the EXACT number of stitches per minute I managed on BF's Bed Socks will win one skein of Sockotta in this lovely purple/gray colorway.
Leave a comment (only one entry per person) no later than midnight Sunday, January 6, 2008.
BF and I began wondering if we had been to every eating establishment in Westport. We concluded that we had not and decided to make it our goal to go to every one of them. Our soft goal is to complete this by the end of 2008 - but we're not going to eat out 4 times a week to meet that. We consider an eating establishment any place that serves prepared food. Gas stations don't count, but concession stands count --at the beach, the swimming pool, the ice skating rink, etc. Tonight was our first foray in this fabulous food frenzy.
Splash Restaurant The Inn At Longshore 260 Compo Road South Westport, Connecticut 06880 203-454-7798
I had the fish with crispy spinach and noodles. It was a delicious meal in a lovely setting. BF and I had a wonderful evening and look forward to our year of culinary capers.