Sunday, June 8, 2008

Off again

This is my least favorite part about really busy periods of life; when I have to head off into the next thing without having had any time (or, at least, sufficient time) to recover from the last thing. My parents left on Friday, after a very nice visit. They took us all out to dinner on Thursday, Older Daughter's choice. She chose the Stone Brewery (Rick was so proud). She likes the outdoor beer garden, which is extremely architectural, with huge granite boulders everywhere (stones, get it?), and a fountain with a fire pit in the middle. I like the gargoyles. Rick likes the beer. The yummy macaroni and cheese does not, I think, hurt anything. We had good fun, and I got to have a delicious hard cider, nice and dry (they are more difficult to find here in the States than you might think, alas).
Also, since I didn't post any pictures last time, here's one of the proud graduate.
After my parents left on Friday, we had the rest of the day and yesterday to get ready for me to leave today for the rest of the week. So, in that time, we had a peaceful family dinner on Friday night (homemade pizza) followed by peach/apricot/blueberry crumble and a game of Ticket to Ride (love that game). On Saturday, Rick took the girls mountain biking (National Trails Day), while I went to the farmer's market (the fiber lady was not there, alas; there's someone who I think really needs an uplifting fiber package right about now, and I wanted to get some roving). They had a great time, even though Older Daughter fell down, breaking her brand-new binoculars and bruising her hip quite spectacularly in the process. She was reportedly very game, though, and hopped back up and kept riding. (Rick says that they've been blogged about in the mountain biking blogosphere -- who knew such a thing existed? -- but I don't have the link.)
I stayed home and cooked. This is what I feel compelled to do before leaving everyone for any length of time. Maybe I want them to remember why they'd like me to come back? So I made a batch of yogurt, three baguettes, a pot of soup, granola, a rhubarb crumble, and some rhubarb compote (for reasons which are unclear to me at this time, we appeared to have an excess of rhubarb lying around). Then I took the girls to a birthday party for a little while, before coming home early so we could all have dinner together (Rick begged off the party).

Knitting content? You want knitting content? There's really not been much in the way of knitting around here, what with visiting and all. And what knitting there has been, up until last night, has been on the skirt, which is starting to look like a giant blue octopus, rather than anything more interesting.

However, last night I had a few moments (while watching BBC's Robin Hood; I'm a sucker for men in tights, apparently)(this might explain the attraction to my mountain-biking husband, come to think of it) to cast on Anne's latest mitts, which I'm knitting for Older Daughter in my lovely handspun from the Linguistic roving. I made it through the cuff. What do you think?
Want a closer look?
I am pleasantly surprised by how well the yarn is knitting up. And the colors work very nicely with the pattern!

I also forgot to show you what I did the other weekend while Rick was busy building cubbies for the girls.
Yup. Stash organization. It's not all there; there's still some in my usual baskets, but I'm feeling much more in control of it (the basket holds my roving stash, such as it is). I also absconded with a bookshelf from the playroom that the girls no longer needed and repurposed it to hold my knitting books. I don't have a picture, but it's good to have them all visible and in one place.

This morning is all about packing. I'm leaving today for a week-long workshop in Berkeley. I don't know how much posting I'll be able to do, although I've been told that, so long as I have a cable, I should be able to access the internet in the dorms. What posting I do manage will probably be fairly linguistic in nature -- fair warning. Meanwhile, I need to get ready to go. If I'm packed in time, we'll be able to have dim sum on the way to the airport. How's that for incentive?


Rachel said...

Lovely family!
I love the girl's choice! and the age limitation to get into their web site - I find those, so silly!
Your handspun looks really beautiful knitted up! Have fun in Berkeley!

twinsetellen said...

I'm sure your family will come up with lots of reasons for wanting you home, but if they aren't welcoming enough when you return, you can come live with us (as long as you keep cooking like that!).

The mitts are coming along very nicely and look like a much more travel friendly project than the skirt. I hope you are bringing more than one project, though - what if they don't have yarn in Berkeley?

Nice job repurposing the bookcase. Some of my best stuff was cast off by my daughters - I'm wearing a Wellesley T-shirt right now that my oldest bought when campus visiting, but after she chose to attend another school, it went in the Goodwill bag until I spotted it.

Enjoy the time away and then returning home.

Willow said...

I'm all ready for the linguistic content as well as any knitting gems there might be. Are there good yarn stores in Berkeley??? Enjoy your week!

The mitts look great. I was tipping my screen back and forth to see the first photo better and then you wrote, "Want to see a close up?" and I was so happy. Lovely yarn!

anne said...

oh how cute everyone is . . so happy to be together . . and rick is a HOTTIE!

Gwen said...

Nope, no yarn in Berkeley. No yarn in the East Bay. No yarn in the whole Bay Area. What are you going to do!?!

Your yarn is lovely in those mitts. Lucky girl!

Busy, happy times. But busy. Makes you need a quiet week at home, with only a little work to keep you on track. But, no. Instead you're in Berkeley. Hi! (I'm waving from East Oakland just now.)

Alisha said...

What great photos.

How sweet you take that time to do some cooking for when your away.

Have a good trip!

EGunn said...

That yarn is knitting up really well; I love the colors!

I cook before I leave, too...if only to keep my husband from resorting to Ramen noodles while I'm gone! Sounds like your kitchen is well-stocked with goodies.

Enjoy your conference!

Stell said...

ooo you are knitting handspun, your own handspun, well done you! The mitten/knitting looks beautiful.
How does it feel to knit yarn you made?