September 19, 2010

Sampling

Look! A self-portrait! ("Sweeping Cobwebs" by Prairie Schooler on 45 count legacy, using NPI (my conversion), and planning some Kreinik embellishment).

It was a busy weekend. Yesterday we went to sample oysters at the 17th Street Market Shockoe on the Half Shell in Richmond, only there was a line for shucked oysters, so we crossed the street and had a crab omelet and oyster shooters at LuLus. (Bloody mary mix, vodka, extra horseradish, raw oysters.) Personally, I prefer my raw oysters plain with just a squeeze of lemon.

Then we viewed the James River from Oregon Hill. There were tons of people on the shore and wading in the water; it was hot in spite of the ever-so-slightly-turning-to-fall colors and haze.

I visited the Yarn Lounge where I have signed up for my fair isle hat class and purchased supplies. I really, really want to do this hat and bought the book ("New England Knits: Timeless Knitwear with a Modern Twist") The very nice and tactful sales woman at the yarn store talked me out of doing it for class because it's knit of fingering yarn on size 0 needles in four colors. Too time-consuming to be able to start and finish it in three weeks unless you can knit all day, so I'll do the two-color hat in a worsted weight yarn, get the technique of changing colors and then knit the more challenging "Whale Watch" hat here. Actually, wouldn't it be a great pattern on a throw or a scarf?

While I dithered over yarn, BF was across the street at Cancan Brasserie having a beer. When I joined him, I was thirsty, and the bartender wandered by with one of these for someone else. It looked so intriquing that I had to order one: It's called a Coco Noir: Ciroc coconut vodka, ginger syrup, blackberry puree, and a splash of champagne, served very cold. It has occurred to me that the entire summer has passed without my posting a picture of a homemade cocktail, and now I really am going to have to get a bottle of Ciroc and try some of the recipes on their website.

Off I go to bed while the bunnies snuggle their way into sleep. Good night and happy week ahead!

20 comments:

bunnygirl said...

I agree that the whale pattern would make a great scarf, throw, or something.

Rabbits' Guy said...

The whale pattern makes a great hat! My birthday is in December - plenty of time!

Good looking cocktails and the crab omelette mention gets me wanting one! Can't eat oysters even though we are surrounded by them here! Yuck...

Luv the bunns!

Annemarie said...

Love the self-portrait! Ooh, and you're knitting too! That hat is fabulous...wish I had the courage to wear hats so I would have an excuse to knit one as well :o)

You've been on quite a cocktail spree, haven't you? They look tasty!

Giovanna said...

What a pretty hat, I don't blame you for wanting to knit it! Love the witch. I had to get that chart too, there's so much to like about it: the cats chasing the witch, the moon, the owl, the scary house in the background...

Margaret said...

Love your WIP Prairie Schooler piece! And that hat -- nice! Hope you do some good learning so you can tackle it next. I think you're smart not to tackle it in class. Interesting cocktails!

Faye said...

LOVE that "self portrait"~~~ You made me laugh...and the drinks...Will have to try them~

Hef's Mom said...

Man! I want an oyster shooter! Sounds delicious and fun!

Alice said...

I think that whale pattern would be terrific on a throw! It sounds like you had a great weekend.

bunnygirl said...

Glenna, check in with DKM. She says if Audrey can make it out to SF by early next week, she can go on the Komen walk with her. What a treat for little Audrey!

The Fab Furs said...

Good weekend mix! Food, drink, company, sightseeing, shopping! The whale hat is almost as cute as the bunnies! Oh nooo....Halloween is just around the corner, and then Turkey Day and Xmas--where has the year gone?

Jules said...

Fantastic view of the James!

The Scarlett House said...

Yes, my friend, you have been very lax in the cocktail posts. I, for one, have missed them. Too funny about the self-portrait!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Good to see you. I like all the stitchy crafty things but the bunnies always take the cake!

bunnygirl said...

I know what you mean about Audrey. I always enjoy her company and I'm always sad to see her go. In Tucumcari, I spent about an hour on a porch swing with her, enjoying the quiet evening. She'll return, though, as soon as you've got a new adventure for her.

Nancy said...

I love the witch and can't wait to see how you embellish her!

I have had a crab omelette only once, and it was heavenly!

Berit said...

lol @ self portrait! Don't you go enabling me to start more Halloween PS designs, now! :P

Michelle said...

I need to get back to the cocktail postings too. Love Ciroc - I'll have to try this one. The fair isle hat is fabulous!

Siobhan said...

Yumm! Those cocktails look good! I'm not as adventurous with cocktails as I should be... I get one or two drinks that I like and stick with them. I am the same as Rabbits' Guy--can't eat oysters--yuck! There is an oyster festival in one of my favorite Irish towns about 45 minutes north of me. I'd LOVE to go but could never partake. I hope you'll post pics of your knitting.

MyLifesAStitch said...

That little witch is super cute! There's no way I'll believe that's a self portrait... well, I suppose just the sweeping cobwebs part, maybe?

Have you mastered the making of the Ciroc Noir? It looks delicious! I'll be right over! ;)

Have a great week!

Roni said...

They looks like a behave bunnies... I never let my bunnies out of their rabbit hutches at night. They sneak out and chew my things.