Saturday, January 31, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Trade Shows & jet lag
and a bright sunny day. The convention center is right in downtown San Diego, not in the middle of nowhere like Long Beach. Here's some public art I passed on my walk to the center:
After the first day I again tried to get a good night's sleep, but it was not destined to be . . . some alarm went off in my room at 5:14 am!!! (turns out it was a test of the smoke alarms, I was kind of hating this hotel at this point).
The second day was classes and meetings from 8:00 - 5:00 straight without even a moment to stick my head outside to enjoy the sun. In the evening I was treated by a visit from my pal Zeena and her impossibly cute daugher Zaleeya (she is a fan of knitwear and her young age!)
Day three was another class, sales floor, dinner & the red eye. I did get a lot of knitting done on the plane and in the evenings . . . and (drum roll please) Cobblestone is DONE!
As soon as I woke up I wove in the ends, kitchenered the underarm, and blocked the little darling
Today David tried it on for size. He looked pretty swell in it
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Lots of yarn, lots of knitting . . . and Vegas Baby
which had this stunning Chihuly glass ceiling
Our room was pretty great, loved the bathroom, and that's David in his "It's Vegas Baby" pose
And the view from our room
Our first night we ventured out to the first of the bizarre fake Vegas recreations . . . Paris
Just as we did in the actual Europe, my knitting posed by a famous landmark. This time it happened to be fake
After a FANTASTIC dinner at the Bellagio (using all our Amex gift cards we got for the holidays), we got to bed early ready to spend the day visiting more fake landmarks in the morning.
Of course, we had to start by going to Brooklyn, our home town
There's David by the too clean Brooklyn Bridge. How bizarre to visit the Vegas version of your town
After leaving that surreal sight we went to one of my favorite hotels, Mandlay Bay. It was pretty in an over the top, yet classy way (no easy trick in Vegas)
Then of course we went to fake Venice. Since David and I had been their twice we were pretty amused at the Rialto bridge taking you into San Marco Square, but I gotta give it to them, it was pretty.
We got to see Bette Midler, something I've ALWAYS wanted to do. She was fantastic. Many jokes about her age. She is amazing.
Back at our humble hotel home we visited their crazy holiday greenhouse
We gambled on the cheap machines for three days, and ended our trip $2.00 up . . . whoo hoo! We are soooooo small time, but as my pal Nell likes to say of my cheapness "and that's why you own your apartment". I must say, in this economy, I'm pretty thrilled with our cheapness.
All in all, a great trip.
With 12 hours on planes and in airports, I got lots of knitting done. I took the sleeves of the sweater that wouldn't die (the Cobblestone). I didn't want to take the whole giant sweater with me, and I knew I'd finish the sleeves, so I cast on a new project, Karabella's Cabled Cardigan.
When I got home I attached the sleeves and started the ENDLESS yoke. I can't WAIT to be done with this bad boy. David better wear this all the time or I'll kill him.
I'm loving the way the cables of the Karabella sweater are looking.
and yet more cables . . . my head was getting cold before the holiday's, so I knocked off this little beret out of scraps I had around. I used my old Rowan Tapestry, I could never figure out what to do with it.
I'm in a total cable mode lately, and I just started swatching for the cable class I'm teaching at the studio.
One down, five to go. Swatching hell
I finished the swatches for the gauge class I'm teaching. Everyone teased me about the gauge class being the class nobody wants to take, but I'm teaching two sessions, and one is already sold out . . . go figure