Martha's not calling me to be an apprentice, but not bad for dusk/after dark carving by committee on Halloween while making dinner and supervising costuming. We're not advanced planners around here. Hey, I've been busy!
Thought I'd post tonight since I've gotten a few really nice emails wondering just what has happened to me. This and the next post will give answers. Still haven't photographed is my trip stash haul, Kidsilk Spray River shawl progress or my soon to be ripped cashmere Clapotis. Another day.
My oldest is on modified year-round and has the last two weeks in October off school. They're also off today, the first Monday after, which is pretty darned abusive to us moms, but oh well. I pulled the girls out a few days early for a trip to Louisville to visit my parents, with whom I conveniently left them while I went to Rhinebeck. Was doing the Mommy Victory Dance at 6 AM in the Louisville airport (3 AM to my PST body), a special, private dance done when walking away from your kids whom you know are safe and happy - without YOU.
I stayed in NJ with the lovely Risa (check out her fantastic lace work!) and her darling, amazingly well behaved toddlers, though that little Kat is going to be a handful! This is not gossip since Risa knows this too! These adorable wonder-twins tolerated a full day at Rhinebeck with nary a whine or howl. You can check out their photos on Risa's blog. Here we are at the end of the day closing the place down.
If you saw me at Rhinebeck please understand why I looked dementedly happy... I was. Kid free, husband free, pet free. FREE! And among my people. People who walked up and lovingly touched my Clapotis with the respect beautiful fiber deserves. Never have I had so much joy wearing my knitting. I met a load of bloggers and had the fun of matching names to faces and voices. Great to meet you all. I've not read blogs since before my trip, so I'm looking forward to catching up later this week.
On Sunday I gave Risa an afternoon of peace and went into the city with a stamping & collage art friend. She has a great pass from her DH's company for free entry to all museums and we thought it should get used.
Shelley was dealing with a death in a close friend's family, so I really appreciated her carving out a visit with me. With our limited time we focused on the Joan Snyder show which was closing at the Jewish Museum. Snyder's earlier work wasn't that compelling to me, but her latest work is so vibrant in person. It's large, colorful and textural. Nothing like walking into a room of art by someone you've never heard of and being drawn in and inspired.
A short walk down 5th Ave took us to the Russia show at the Guggenheim. Having been to Moscow and Vladivostok twice in 2003 it was oddly familiar, but yet exotic.
After visiting Russia we went to France for lunch. Here's my Noro Silk Garden getting out and about.
On each end of my weekend I got to wander around NYC by myself. In the pouring rain on Friday, soaked to the bone, but happy as could be. Made it to M&J Trimming for a few purse handles, but not much else. It's the kind of place you need to know what you want, or you'll just be overwhelmed. A good kind of overwhelmed though. It a huge, bright, service oriented store with just about every button and ribbon available in the world displayed from floor to high ceiling.
Met Risa for Japanese for lunch and we got to know each other a bit better. Nothing like figuring out you're going to spend the weekend with someone whose company you enjoy tremendously. She left me at the funky entry to Seaport Yarns in lower Manhattan. Not many yarn stores where you have to sign in with the building security guard, then be buzzed in after an elevator ride. Very NYC. A bit of a cramped maze, but great selection. Left with some sock yarn and Bryspun DP's.
So, what's that photo above you ask? Well, my oldest is a Food Network fanatic, particularly for Iron Chef, Good Eats and Unwrapped. We'd seen an episode of Unwrapped that showed Japanese cream puff stores opened in the US called Beard Papa. Incongruent (at least to me) fisherman icon, odd English translation, bright yellow interior, pleasant efficient staff - so very Japanese. I had to visit. They're very good. Especially after walking from the financial district to NYU in the rain.
This was my favorite breakfast (not at Vesuvio - this is at French Roast in the West Village): NYTimes, no rush, coffee from heaven. I'm the one who sprinkled the fruit - I'm sure they would have done it more artfully.
Back in Louisville my mom and I took the kids to one of Louisville's newer yarn stores that's one of the best stocked stores I've ever visited. If in Louisville you MUST visit Sophie's out on English Station Rd just beyond the outer ring freeway (265?). Barbara (the owner, Sophie was her mother) carries everything from simple wool to luxury Italian imports and loads of books and pattern pamphlets. Most importantly, she and her staff are very helpful and there's a good energy in the shop. Love it.
Love the new color of Noro Silk Garden I just couldn't leave without too. Nothing like brand new colors just out of the ship-box to temp me. Just a tease - photos soon.
We rewarded the girls with a trip one of Rachel's favorite Louisville restaurants, Lynn's Paradise Cafe. Half the fun is had in the parking lot. I saw on Lynn's events board a Learn to Knit Night - it's everywhere!
We returned home Wed Oct 19, but my older DD and DH had an Indian Princess camp-out at the beach that Friday through Sunday, so all hopes of a catch up blog entry were lost to laundry and small fry care.
Now it gets slightly insane .... When they returned on Sunday they showered, dumped the camping gear and we all loaded up the van for a 4-day family trip to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks.
Another day for that.
One more small diversion entered my life this past Friday night ....
Meet Camille, Cami for short. Eight weeks old today.