Pie-cation! and things and stuff

So.  I had kind of forgotten just how awesome my weekend is going to be until I suggested to my husband that maybe I could go to a craft show this weekend, and he said, “No!  You’re getting kidnapped, remember?”

Oh, yes.  That’s right.  My incredibly awesome friend Christine is driving up from Southern California, dropping by to toss me in the back of her truck (or maybe the passenger seat if she’s feeling generous) and then it’s north to what is reported to be the best pie in the Golden State.  I repeat: the best pie in the Golden State.  Oh, yeah, and a gorgeous lake and really good Mexican food, and late nights ranting about the kids these days and the economy and oh, man, my back aches, and you have right there, the perfect weekend vacation for a curmudgeonly sort. Aw, yeah.

For all those who will claim that cake is the superior baked dessert, I say to you that you are unbelievers and that you are unclean in the sight of the pie, and anyway, you’re wrong.

So, that’s this weekend.  Pie-cation.

It’s been a pretty good week, too.  I’ve spent a lot of it tinking around with the Clothilde pattern, and my test knitters have been so incredibly wonderful and fast that I think it may well be released early.  I also started a third Clothilde, at the request of the tiny tyrant we call Eleanor.  Yes, I have more pressing knitting, but I’m finding that triangular shawls really fit this knitting sweet spot of easy to memorize without being boring, and I’m kind of addicted now.  I originally cast on a Juno Regina as my relaxing project, but though the pattern is Spectacular with a capital S, I made too many mistakes and had to rip. So another Clothilde it is.  To be knit by the lake, eating pie, with some rock throwing somewhere in there for good measure.

So very purple.

So very purple.

I got photos of the Thorpe I made for Mr. Kninja some time back.  The fact that he looks sort of unthrilled and uncomfortable in this picture?  My fault.  I told him not to smile and just to talk to me and act natural, and that resulted in a Very Serious Photo, sort of a hipster American Gothic thing that will confound our descendents.

I take my earflap hats very seriously.

I take my earflap hats very seriously.

Thorpe is a seriously awesome pattern, and if you haven’t knit one, or twelve, you need to get started right away.  I used a single skein of Cascade 220, doubled, but that cut it rather fine, so you’re probably better off with the recommended Malabrigo Chunky.

Oooh!  Speaking of Malabrigo, I will be knitting a sample for them from Malabrigo Book One, and I am so darned excited about this.  This is thanks to the amazing Malabrigo Junkies group at Ravelry, which also yielded up many of my wonderful test knitters, so if you love Malabrigo and are not yet a member of the Junkies, go join, because good things happen to you when you are a Junkie.  (But not when you’re a junkie.  Important distinction.  Don’t do drugs, kids.)

I don’t have pictures of any more of my knitting projects, so here are some garden pictures, because I’m in a stupid and bubbly mood and want to add more pictures.

The bitty ones are an Alpine variety, and the big one is one of the tenacious suckers leftover from last year.  Both are quite sweet.

The bitty ones are an Alpine variety, and the big one is one of the tenacious suckers leftover from last year. Both are quite sweet.

Weve eaten five artichokes so far this summer, and there are two more on the plant.  Artichokes are pretty much my favorite food ever.

We've eaten five artichokes so far this summer, and there are two more on the plant. Artichokes are pretty much my favorite food ever.

The celery is technically out of season, but seems unaware of this fact.

The celery is technically out of season, but seems unaware of this fact.

Have a marvelous weekend!  I hope yours is pie-filled as well.

2 Comments

  1. I used to live in the Bay Area and SO miss delicious Mexican food from California. Have a beautiful weekend! Love the photos (esp. “hipster American gothic”) and am glad to know about the Malabrigo Junkies group, since I am having a non-love affair with Malabrigo Sock (hush, don’t tell).

    BON VOYAGE!

  2. Have a fabulous pie-cation! You and I are in full dessert agreement, I’m happy to say. I will think of you eating pie with jealousy until I remember that there is rhubarb in the icebox, and also butter, and flour in the cabinets… and really I could make some myself tomorrow morning before it gets hot, especially since my Tour de France project is ahead of schedule… mmm, pie.

    American Gothic Thorpe is excellent. Looking forward to seeing Clothilde III!

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