Thursday, September 29, 2011

Donna, Baby Fashionista!

Donna was spotted at the Grove yesterday, donning a hand knit organic cotton hat in a lime green and orange, yarn by Blue Sky Alpaca, design by Susan Wells. The hat was embellished with a large crocheted flower in yellow and lime green organic cotton, with a colorful button from judipatuti's collection in the center. Donna also wore a silk ruffle scarf that matched her hat and outfit perfectly. The scarf is hand knit from Louisa Harding's Mulberry Silk, pattern by Susan Wells.

In the photo posted below, Donna is selecting her next project and has wisely chosen Chameleon Green in Lanaloft, a variegated 100% wool, grown & spun in the U.S. This reflects Donna's allegiance to natural fibers, reasonably priced yarn ($7.00 for 160 yds.) and fiber from U.S. grown sheep. For additional information on Donna's ensemble, please contact the Grove at 619-284-7684.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Lisa in "Abigail"

Ah, sweet success! This is Lisa wearing "Abigail", a pattern by C2Knits. Lisa knit one scarf; I repeat, one scarf and then she launched straight into "Abigail". She's a fearless one. She chose Covington, a mercerized cotton by Plymouth, in fog. The drape of this yarn is beautiful and it has a shine to it that puts it on the border of "casual" and "dress". Add one of judipatuti's cool buttons and voila...a masterpiece! Bravo Lisa! Great fit, great job!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Classes in Full Swing!

We had a full house this past weekend with classes in full swing. This is Eileen and her mom Jan (favorite mother-daughter knitters!) getting the Linen Lace Diagonal Scarf under way.
Meanwhile, in the conference room, judipatuti taught students how to tattoo aka embroider images on these really cool faux vintage towels.

Little Lola could not have been more content sitting in Lee's lap while Lee embroidered. Hands down, Lola wins the Cute Award.

Oh, how we love September and the start of the Serious Knitting/Craft season!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bite of Boston

Today is our 16th anniversary. To celebrate, we're going to see Debt with Helen Mirin and then we're going to Bite of Boston to eat Fried Ipswich Clams (with da' bellies....yummmm!!!!!!!), crinkle cut french fries, and homemade coleslaw. And we're going to drink Sam Adams from plastic cups while we sit at the outdoor picnic tables (I don't care if it's raining), and we're going to laugh our patookies off cuz if there's one thing we know how to do, it's to have fun (well, when DH is in the mood, that is...but I think he will be today!). And I'll pretend we're sitting on a dock in Maine and it will ease my homesick heart. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else than here but I do long for the Atlantic and New England, especially in the Fall. Now, for a little Boston trivia, check this out! Cracks me up!!!

If you take my lead and you go to Bite of Boston in University City, try the wicked awesome Chowdah which is made from the infamous Legal Seafood's recipe. At the counter to the right of where you order, is this crazy red lobster. Look for the small white button on it's platform and hit it. The lobster dances and you'll hear "Don't Rock the Boat Baby" and other oldies. I want that lobster so badly!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Knitting in La Jolla Closing

I am so sorry to write that Knitting in La Jolla is closing Mid-October. I got the news from a post on Ravelry. What it said was that Susan's lease is up and she chose not to renew saying it was time. It doesn't look like she has a web presence so it's probably best to check the San Diego knit groups on Ravelry for any sale information.

Heavy heart this morning.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

I read. A lot. Not quite as much as I knit, but almost! At the Grove, I am always asked for book recommendations and it isn't often that I can make one without reservation. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand is my current favorite. A good customer of mine, who is an avid reader, gave me her copy saying it was one of the best books she has ever read. Coming from Elizabeth, that's a Serious Recommendation! I have cherished reading it and just this morning finished the last page which was surprisingly happy (despite all odds). A perfect way to start out this chilly, grey morning. So if you're looking for a really good book to curl up with and read under a warm binkie with a cup of tea, this is the one!