Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Weekend Surprise

Friday was a retirement party for my Step Mother. She's the best Stepmother. Friends and family came out to celebrate her. I left work early to make sure I got there in time. (Commuter trains on a Friday in the Bay Area are kinda crowded)

I was whining at the next level to my husband who picked me up from the BART station that I used a commuter train and had no commuter knitting.

Who Am I?!?

I was "repacking" my bag and I think instead of putting my mini knitting bag in, I reached for a cardigan because all knuckle heads carry 2 cardigans for fun.

Being the bleeding heart that he is (which speaks to why my son favors him) he drove me to a A Verb For Keeping Warm and let me impulse shop. What a guy.


It's a treat to go there. Even though the husband works out there, I don't cross the bay that often if it isn't to see family. I stay out of his way at his work on Saturdays. It's horribly busy.


It's a pretty store. Everyone is very nice and super helpful whether you know exactly what you want or you're just beginning a craft.



They have super cute and fancy embroidery threads & pretty modern fabrics on one side of the room and yarn of course on the other side. Right now, I do not allow myself to purchase anything but sock yarn for stash. Everything else must be for a project that I will knit immediately. No waiting, no hoping, no taking up space, no dream changers. There is not space for that. (This tone is mainly for myself not for you people w/o the space and clutter problems I have created.)

Other weekend highlights:
Amazing Food Allergy - I had these weird congested feelings both coughing and my sinuses just totally stuffed up. Weird heartburn like sensation, but it couldn't be food poisoning because no one else was ill. Then my hands started itching. WEIRD. So I took a Benedryl, I think that helped a bit until there was some vomiting involved in the middle of the night. What the heck was that? I didn't eat anything "new". Something must've been mixed in a spice or something that I'm not familiar with or ... it was the dreaded later in life allergy development. Please no. Please no.

School picnic on Saturday. Yeah love recovering from a food allergy incident and then going to mingle at a Potluck. It was initially intimidating, but you know, you fake it like it's all good, and by the time I left I was actually feeling more human which is good because we had reservations later that night at this fancy Chinese Restaurant that's getting all these accolades as my gift to my husband for his birthday. It was delicious, I felt great.

Sunday I swam outside in the real life sunshine. It was magical. I'm instantly transferred back to my youth. I messed around in the kitchen working on a ravioli recipe modifying some ricotta filling I use in a lasagna. Ricotta, frozen spinach, an egg yolk, fresh basil, prosciutto, salt and pepper food processed and then slapped into the thinnest won ton wrappers. I did a huge batch. Tonight is the unveiling. Fingers crossed. Off the top of my head, I think I would add some parmesean to the mix. Meh. Worth a shot as is right guys?

Wishing you the best.

23 comments:

  1. That shop looks mah-velous! I think I would be tempted to buy some fabric even though I don't sew. It's just so pretty!

    Well, I DO sew ... I made some catnip pillows for the little prince. LOL

    Glad you weren't feeling awful for too long and I hope you can figure out what triggered the problem.

    Hugs from way over here on the EAST coast.

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    1. That's so funny Dee, I am always so tempted to buy some fabric and I don't sew! I literally have to talk myself back to reason.

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  2. I get panicky if I don't have a book/notebook in my bag when I go out so I completely understand the need to get to the yarn shop. And what an amazing shop. Sorry you weren't well, glad you're all better now. Have a good weekend Ellen. CJ xx

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    1. I think a lot of crafters and readers require some kind of "take away" or "to go" item with them at all times. I also noticed that many of us are listers. We like to list our projects, or books we plan to read. hehe.

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  3. I've heard of that shop, but never actually have "seen" it - looks amazing!

    Ugh - allergies. The worst. Take care!

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    1. It's a really nice shop. I love my local yarn shop, but I appreciate this one as well, especially the kindness of the staff.

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  4. What a delightful shop! So nice to stop for emergency yarn! lol

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  5. Nice save!!! That yarn shop is adorable. Too bad about the allergies. I live in fear of them after some cashews put me in the ER. Ugh that was a two week long bout of misery where even my hair itched. I never go anywhere without Benadryl and haven't touched a nut since.

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  6. The shop and its name are delightful. I hope that lovely blue yarn on the ball winder is yours.

    Glad the allergy episode passed quickly.

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    1. Yes! I purchased and wound some sock yarn while I was there. I got that, some extra needles and a pattern for a shawl I hope to knit in the winter.

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  7. happy retirement to your step mom and lucky you going to a yarn store. Bummer about the weird reaction. If you've never had that before I doubt it's an allergy I'd go with food poisoning....

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    1. Honestly I thought food poisoning too. Seafood and whatnot, but my husband ate the same thing that I did. So I do not know, but it was a buffet, ahh mysteries of life!

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  8. I love that your step mom is awesome.
    I LOVE that you got to shop. WHAT SOCK YARN did you purchase?The blues in the photos? Looks very much like my current blue yarn Koigu for my blue beaded bag.
    I think it is an itchy time of yer. Thats nurse talk. I woke up with my feet itching in the middle of the night. I had to get out of a warm bed on a chilly night and go put steroid creme on them. No bites, no sign of anything....weird. NO itching today.

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    1. Kathy is Madelinetosh I forgot the colorway. It will wait because I'm getting ready for Dee's knit along. I think have intermittent itchy times in my household. hehe.

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  9. You DH is definitely a keeper! Sounds like a great weekend minus the allergy part. Hope that was a one time only occasion. Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

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    1. He is a keeper. He is always making things easier and better for me when I don't even ask. I get frustrated with little things which I think is inevitable after a few decades in the same space, but I never stop being aware and grateful for his kindness and love.

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  10. Allergies, the worst!!! My next try out is Osso Buco. Had a relish version in NC that must be duplicated. And risotto, finally going to try my hand at that.

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    1. I LOVE Osso Buco Chris! We are going through a heatwave in SF and we are not equipped for it here. Cooking is pain right now.

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  11. Color me green. I love that store SO much, and I only get to go every few years. Very frustrating! But I'm glad you got to enjoy it -- especially with permission to indulge.

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    1. I'm glad you know it and go! Next visit if I can't meet you myself, I have to send you to a restaurant nearby. I know some people ;)

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  12. That store sounds wonderful, great hubby for taking you there. Well done by your MIL on her retirement. You sound very busy my friend.

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    1. It's busy but you know it best Mere, we do what we can while we can. Sometimes I can stay on top of it, and sometimes it's on top of me. I have a lot I get to smile about.

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  13. I wish I lived next door to you; then I could go over and eat. What a sweet hubby to take you AVFKW. I have to check that place out as I'm on the east bay side.

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