I can't believe it's almost June. I'm not entirely sure what happened to May, but here I am getting in one post for the month, just under the wire. I was in the Yarn Barn the other day, and as I was putting my Addi Lace needle on the counter to pay for it, a woman I'd never seen before said "You haven't posted anything on your blog in a long time." At first I wasn't sure she was talking to me, but neither of the women working at the YB responded and I was the only other person there, so I figured she was referring to my blog. I told her that she sounded like my mother who also complains that I never put anything on my blog. Well here it is ladies, something on my blog.
I recently finished this scarf with yarn from a previous trip to the Yarn Barn. The yarn is Handmaiden Great Big Sea in Sangria and the pattern is a $1.99 download from WEBS called Falling Leaves. Have I mentioned that I love the fact that the new Yarn Barn carries Handmaiden yarns? They have a bunch of other nice stuff that the old Yarn Barn did not have and while I certainly did like the old Yarn Barn, the new YB is just a little bit more fabulous. I bought two skeins of this yarn back in December and I ended up using only one for this scarf. It looked a little small when I was finished knitting the first skein, but it grew a lot when I blocked it. I don't know what I'll do with the other skein. I will most likely trade it away. One of the reasons I've been absent from the blog is because I have been consumed with swapping yarn in the Completely Pointless and Arbitrary Swap Group on Ravelry.
As usual, I looked like a Muppet in all of the pictures which is why my head is cut off in the one above. For some reason, I can't resist posting at least one Muppet shot...
I've also finished a pair of socks that had been on the needles since February of 2008. I love these socks and I am sure that I will wear them a lot, but I found the semi-solid yarn a bit of a snore to knit. I am sure that is why it took me so long to finish this pair. My problem is that I like the look of solid or semi-solid finished objects, but I prefer to knit with wildly variegated yarns. This pattern is Cookie A.'s BFF Socks and the yarn is Dream in Color Smooshy in Dusky Aurora.
I have a bunch of other stuff on the needles and some yummy new springy yarns, but I need to save something for June. The Symphony season ended last night. We made it to the end of the season and it looks like we'll all still be employed when things start up again in September. Hooray for that. I have 10 days before I leave for the dreaded chamber music camp and I hope to get another post in before I go. Right now, I've got some chicken to grill and a pasta salad to make. I will leave you with my favorite grilled chicken marinade...
1/4 cup EVOO
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
4 cloves minced garlic
basil, oregano, and parsley
Marinate bone-in chicken (Bob likes Pick of the Chick from HEB) overnight and then grill for maximum deliciousness. This goes well with grilled vegetables and The Best Pasta Salad from Jamie Oliver. It's all very summery.