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Last night it snowed.  This statement might not seem like a big deal but around here, it is.  It rarely snows.  Rain, yes.  Snow, not really.  Snow shuts the city down for a couple of reasons.  The big reason is that we are second only to San Francisco as one of the hilly-est cities in the US.  If you’ve ever driven in SF when it sunny and dry out.  Now try and picture driving there when it’s rainy, freezing and snowing.  It’s not pretty.  When it snows it’s like we all get a snow day.  Unfortunately for those of us who were hoping for that, we found out that Seattle was prepared for the snow and the commute to work was easy going.  I was hoping to be able to make more cavatelli.  And speaking of cavatelli, I took some photos of Sunday’s cavatelli making.

First, here’s my cavatelli maker, set up and ready to go:

And here’s a quick shot of a dough before becoming cavatelli

This time I made semolina pasta dough.  I think I may try the ricotta dough and see if it goes thru the cavatelli maker or if it will stick.

And here’s the trays of finished cavatelli. They kinda look a little like worms…ewwwww.  Fortunately, they don’t taste like worms.  I ended up with about 2 pounds of cavatelli after all was said and done.

And since I’m talking about food at the moment here’s a shot of the Bella Donna olive mix I got at Big John’s PFI.  They’re amazing good.

And one more food shot and amazing tasting food.  Here’s the chicken shawarma sandwich and greek fries from Mawadda Cafe.

OK, that’s enough food talk.  Today when I got home there was a package for me from my “have a cuppa swap” partner.  This swap was all about yarn and coffee/tea/hot chocolate.  And my swap partner did not disappoint!

It was a great way to come home and unwind!

She sent me some coffee from a local coffee shop and a coffee cup that I have been lusting after for some time now.  The front of the cup says, “You must allow me to tell you,” and the back says…

It’s from Brookish and it’s Mr. Darcy’s botched proposal to Elizabeth Bennet!  I am so excited that she got it for me!  And to add to my excitement, there was candy, and lots of it!  There were 2 packages of licorice (my favorite) and some local artisan chocolates from Chocolate Madness.  I’ll admit that I broke into the chocolates well before I remembered to take a picture of everything.  It was worth it. The creme brulee was inspiring!

And finally, the yarn.  It’s bugga sock yarn by The Sanquine Gryphon.  It’s almost like a washed demin color.  I can’t wait to make some socks of out it!

And now that all that is taken care of, I’m off to do some knitting, drink some coffee and eat some candy!

That’s right, I signed up for yet another swap. This one I have been wanting to sign up for for a long time and have missed the sign up for. This time I watched the site and made sure I signed up as soon as I could. I’m now officially signed up for the Secret Pal 12! Since I’m officially apart of the swap, that means I’ve got me a questionaire to fill out. So away we go!

  1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely not like? I got turned on to Malabrigo yarn and now I’m hooked. I now know why there’s a Malabrigo group on ravelry! I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of acrylic yarns. Some aren’t that bad, but I have to say I’d rather knit with natural fibers.
  2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? Right now all my straight needles are stored in a really cool tiki tumbler. The circular needles are another story. They’re a mess. They’re hanging off the fabric handle of one of the fabric cubes that holding some yarn. Not the best solution but I don’t have any place to actually hang a circular needle holder.
  3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I’ve been knitting for a few years now. My grandma taught me how to crochet one year and then a couple years later she taught me the basics of knitting and then I took a class at So Much Yarn. I feel like it’s the one thing that I will happily teach my daughter (if I have one) and possibly my granddaughter. It’s something that I feel my grandmother and I share a special bond over. It makes me feel closer to my grandma, whom I love very much.
  4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? I have a wists list.
  5. What’s your favorite scent? That’s a tough one… in the morning it’s coffee. Flower wise, we have sweetpeas growing like a weed out front of our office and I love the smell of them as I walk into work. I think more floral smells I guess. Although a nice vanilla is just as good. Perhaps a just a good clean scent.
  6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? Oh dear god yes. anything with chocolate… chocolate – but not white chocolate. I can’t believe that I’m going to say this, but it’s way too sweet for me. Recently I’ve been craving licorice allsorts. Yeah.. I know, I’m a bit of a freak.
  7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I have this bad habit of looking at something and saying, ” I could totally make that.” My dad is pretty crafty, so I blame him for that 🙂 I used to make sterling silver jewelry, so I’m pretty handy with a torch. I would love to take a pottery class or a screenprinting class. I think I’d try just about anything crafty, at least once.
  8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I’m all over the board with my taste in music. I go from AC/DC to Chet Baker to Tribe Called Quest to Lilly Allen to Big Sandy and His Fly Right Boys. I’m a big fan of rockabilly and swing music and basically anything that can keep me motivated during my running workouts.
  9. What’s your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can’t stand? I not a huge fan of super bright colors. Neon colors are not at the top of my list, but I’m currently working on a blanket for a friend of mine and she picked some bright colors and it looks pretty darn good. So I guess I don’t really have a favorite color. If it resembles anything that came out of a baby’s dirty diaper or if it’s baby throw up color, chances are I’m not gonna like it.
  10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? Currently I’m single lady… holla back single, straight, got it going on, boys 🙂 Ok, I’ve got to admit, I do have a boyfriend… He’s my cat Jimbo. He’s got sister – Kinky Disco – aka The Kink

Jimbo’s the one on top:

Sleeping Kitties

Kink’s been trying to pick up knitting in her spare time.

Kink the knitter

  1. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? I wear scarves in the winter time, definitely hats and mittens, mostly fingerless/convertible gloves, as I work in a warehouse. I’m not so much a poncho person. I do really like some of the simple shawl patterns that I’m seeing on ravelry – of course Clapotis, Juno Regina Stole, Hanami stole, and I absolutely love Lady Eleanor. That’s the one I wish I had the time and patience to knit.
  2. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? So far I loved knitting the Fuzzy Mittens Lamb, Dashing, and the Little Monster from 101 One Skein Wonders. And as much of a pain in the rear it was to seam, I love my Cables and Chains wrap jacket.
  3. What are you knitting right now? Right now I’m working on two projects – one is the Asymmetrical Cabled Cardi and Interlaken – an entrelac style blanket for a friend of mine as a belated wedding present. Hey… I’ve got a year to get it to them 🙂
  4. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? I love it! It’s something that makes it a bit more special
  5. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I am all about bamboo. I love my circulars but I also use straight needles. I love the magic loop technique so I’m in need of some seriously long circular needles 🙂
  6. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? My dad made me a portable yarn swift from instructions we found on instructables.com
  7. How old is your oldest UFO? I think it’s at least a year or two.
  8. What is your favorite holiday? That’s tough… I think probably Christmas. I love giving people gifts.
  9. Is there anything that you collect? I collect vintage cameras and plastic toy cameras (Holgas and the like). And I also collect Floaty Pens. The ones that are when tip the pen, the car moves or something moves. I always ask my friends to bring them back for me when they go on vacation.
  10. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? That’s a loaded question isn’t it. I would love to have an entire wall of nothing but Malabrigo yarns. As far as books… I really want the 2 socks on circular needles book. I’m a huge fan of the Zephyr Style patterns and the French Girl Knits patterns. I really, really want the elusive Jess Hutchinson booklet that she no longer puts out. And I can always use a bunch of super long bamboo/wood circular needles and all sizes. I’ll be sure to add all my wants and needs to my wists list 🙂
  11. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn? I just learned the magic loop technique and I’m hooked. I love it. Now I just need to master it. I’d really love to take a finishing class as I’m not the best at seaming. Actually I hate it. I now know why people pay other people to finish their projects.
  12. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? I just started knitting socks. I tend to go for the dk weight yarn as it knits up a bit faster. I’ve got a tiny foot – I’m a size 5 shoe.
  13. When is your birthday? August 7th, 1973 – this year is the 35th bday!
  14. What’s your Ravelry ID? beccalou

Ok, so I’m finally recovered.  Actually, Monday I was tired, yesterday I was busy.  So now it’s Wednesday and I’m really to tell the whole story.

Let’s start with Thursday.   As per usual, I headed to Skillet for lunch.  I got the farro salad and the carrot cake.  And this time I took pictures so everyone could see the beauty of this food.

The Farro salad- it was amazing.

Farro Salad

And the Carrot Cake – the big blob of white stuff… that’s is the best cream cheese frosting I have ever had.

carrot cake

After that and the end of the work day, I headed over to say my goodbyes to the goats.  I figured that they would be gone when I got back from SF.

And here’s a few pictures of the goats and the dog that was there to herd them along.  He was such a sweet dog.

the Goat Finale

That’s a lot of goats!

That's a lot of goats!

The real boss of the operation

The big boss

A couple of close ups

I'm ready for my close up

This is my best side

Just taking a rest before heading back up the hill to grab an afternoon snack

taking it easy

The long shot of the hill.

The hill

I don’t know when their last work day was, but when I got back this is what I saw:

Goat Hill... it's all clean!

This was the before:

First day on the job

But enough about the goats….  I headed down to SF on Friday.  When I got there I think the temperature was just above boiling.  I had lunch with my first boss after college.  It was great to catch up with here and I can’t wait to see her again.  I also got to see a few people that I haven’t in a long time.  And that was great.  I also got to spend some time with my aunt who I haven’t seen in a bit.  All in all it was great trip.

Saturday morning we went to Imagiknits.  They were having a sale.  And I love a sale.  It’s a beautiful store and the people who worked there were so nice.  I wish I had a day to spend in there just to touch all the yarn and look at the all beautiful colors and samples they have knit up.

On Saturday night we got to see the Giants play the White Sox.  I have to admit, it wasn’t the Giant’s best day.  But it was sunny at the park and I was there with my aunt and my friends.

The ball park

By the end of the 4th inning the fog was waiting outside the ballpark and it was starting to get back to that SF weather I know and love.

inside ball park

After the game, we headed back home and to bed… I had to get a good nights sleep to be well rested for the race.

As for the race…. well it was a blast.  It was a lot of hard work but it’s always fun.  From the throwing of the tortillas at the beginning of the race, to the naked people (and there were way too many naked people), to the costumes, to the kegs on wheels being pushed or pulled by other runners.  I was hold a solid 11 minute mile pace until the dreaded Hayes Street hill at the 2.5 mile mark.  I vow to take that hill down next year.  I ended up having to run one block then walk the next of the next .5 miles.  That was the hill.  At an 11% grade, I felt the run/walk idea was the best way to go.  By the time I got to the panhandle, the fog had rolled in and it was refreshing.  At some point in the park we passed a band called the Meshugga Beach Party – they do traditional Jewish songs as instrumental surf tunes.  If I were to have a bat mitzvah I would beg my parents to have them play at it.  I crossed the finish line roughly and hour and thirty three minutes after starting the race.  Next year, I’ll be one of the first 10,000 people to cross the finishline.

So I think I found the world’s best swap – it involves my favorite things…. coffee, yarn and knitting.  And registration is open until the 24th of this month, so get on it.  It’s all swapping over the holidays.  What’s better than getting your favorite things over the holidays (and not having to return that awful sequined out track suit that your great aunt Rhoda gave you to get the stuff you love)?  Check it out.  And sign up.  I know I’ll be there as soon as I finish this post.

Finally after several days, I’ve gotten around to taking pictures of the stuff I received from the Destash your stash swap I did. I got some really cool yarn from Beth Anne – I haven’t figured out what I’m going to do with it, but I’m pretty sure the yarn will end up as a Christmas present or a present for me.

Yummy Yarns

While mom and dad were here I got another package from Vicki. Holy cow! I got spoiled. There is one thing missing from this photo – that’s the a Green & Black’s Espresso chocolate bar. That poor chocolate bar barely made it out of the box before it was devoured. Again, I’m not sure what I’m going to do with all this yarn, but I’m almost certain that most of it will end up as something for me.

Yummy Yarns too

Now that I’ve got my Fantine pattern questions answered, I’m rocking on it.  Ok, well, not really rocking, but I’m almost done with the sleeve increases.  And I’m feeling pretty good.  So good about it, that I took a picture of the progress.

Fantine off and running

And because I was feeling pretty darn good about my Fantine progress, I made some Zucchini bread.  Ok, I wasn’t inspired by my Fantine progress.  One of the women that I work with is growning, what I think is a crop of zuchini that might be trying to take over the world.  This last zucchini was cut in 3 pieces for 3 of us to take home.  I still have enough left over from my piece to make two more loaves of bread!

Zucchini Bread

That’s all for now… I’ve got some Ikea furniture to put together.

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