Yesterday, was a fantastically warm, sunny day. I visited Jen and we hit the St. Lawrence market. Yes, I did have the Peameal on a Bun with honey mustard. Still good! I asked Jen about the camera I had been wanting to buy. After my research and positive reviews, a discovery that Chelsea has the same camera and loves it, plus a thumbs up from Jen, I splurged!!!. It was a good day yesterday! Seeing Jen was wonderful. As we drove around, I mentioned to her seeing The Purple Purl (what I thought to be a new yarn shop). Jen said they had been there a while and that it was the shop she went into when we were working on the "Kids! Picture Yourself Crocheting" book. She needed someone to crochet a bit up for a shot and they kindly agreed.
Once, I left Jen, I visited The Purple Purl on my way home. I have to say, if I ever open up a yarn shop, I would want it to look like this! If you have ever read "Friday Night Knitting Club", you could certainly picture the movie set here! For a yarn snob (like me), it is a Utopia. Dripping with rainbows of hand-dyed colours, spilling from wooden cubbies and a warm wind blowing through the store-front door, I couldn't resist. I was back and forth between the Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering weight (funny, one of my upcoming patterns is called "Tanis") and their Aran. The Fingering weight, I am told by a very friendly face, has a little nylon in it (80% Superwash Merino/20% Nylon), giving the dye slightly less to grab onto, making the colour slightly variegated: a wonderful effect. I bought the "Seabreeze" shade. Then, I noticed the Mission Falls and have been wanting to buy some new colours to go with the Red I have left over from my Red Cabled Cardigan project from "Twelve Months of Knitting".
I think the friendly face was one of the owners (given away on my bill). I have to say congrats one such a wonderful spot for knitters and thank you for such great service! Next time I visit Jen, I'll pop in again.
Introducing, my new Canon EOS Rebel XSi (can you love a camera?)... Unfortunately, I bought it last night, so wasn't able to take pics of the market, Jen or The Purple Purl, but I did of my purchase. Just 3 balls ($40), but check out the colours!
Ok, I know it is depressing looking at Fall collections when summer hasn't even started yet, so I started with a little fun summer outfit from some gal at Coachella. Love the boots and if I had legs like that, I'd be showing my gams too. But what caught my eye, was the scarf? shawl? I think scarf., which is the inspiration behind my next project.
Note the cable up the stockings, as only Prada could think of.
A fitting ending, always and forever my fav, Sir Ralph.
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Spring cleaning goes for the body too. I have had the book "7 Day Detox Miracle" for a few years now (actually,it's Lou's) and never had the courage...until now. It begins with a 2-day fast (water,lemon water, herbal tea), followed by fruit, vegies, rice protein shakes and miso soup (containing fermented soybean paste). I didn't make through 2 days of fasting but got through one. Driving and fasting a no-no. I had to picked my daughter up from university 40 minutes away. When I got there (this is yesterday, my Day 2, morning), I had to lie down on her bed while she got ready. I had to "break" my "fast". We headed to Booster Juice (my fav) and I had a lovely Maui juice: pineapple, banana and orange. It was heaven!!!!
When we got home, I made Miso Soup, surprisingly good! It was a feast for me! All in all, I feel good. My skin has cleared up and I am ready for Yoga. Don't barf... I am not always so healthy minded. I love my chips, red wine and chocolate (not in that order or together).But Lately, I have felt the need to detox.
While detoxing, you are supposed to take it easy. What better way, then to knit and crochet. I chose the later as I have a crochet project underway that I thought I'd do myself. While I am a quick knitter (I like to think I can give Linda and Wannietta a run - Ha Ha), I am a pathetically slow crocheter. So, my project, after a drive to Syracuse and back (4.5 hours one way - but could only to one way in daylight), my crochet measures 4 inches. That include the fasting crochet I did over the last 2 days. I like to think my starving self just can't crochet fast! That's it!
As I gain strength from my whole wheat rice, salad and fruits today (groan), my crochet will speed up, I hope, else this pretty little thing for spring and summer, will not make the season. Sneak Peeks when I am a little further on, I promise!
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