So yesterday was my fifth wedding anniversary and to celebrate a bit early we took advantage of the long Easter weekend last week and headed to New Orleans! We ate a lot and drank a lot and just had an all-around fabulous time! I hit two yarn shops and couldn’t walk out of either one without purchasing something!
The first shop was Quarter Stitch in the French Quarter. It was a very cute shop with some very nice women and the cutest shop dog ever! I wish I had gotten a picture of her! I bought two skeins of Malabrigo Aquarella in the colorway Palmar. They had a beautiful scarf in the shop that was knit with it and I fell in love with its softness and the unique coloring!
The next day we spent in the Garden District and I headed to Garden District Needlework Shop. The ladies there were SO NICE and I can’t wait to go back. They even entertained Geoff while I was looking around. I came out of there with five skeins of Lamb’s Pride Worsted in the colorway M-240 Prairie Goldenrod. It is destined to be a cardigan for me. I love the bright happy color! I think it will be perfect during the milder winters here in south Mississippi and the color will be nice during the blah, colorless winter.
I can’t wait to get back to New Orleans! I’m so glad it’s only a 90 minute drive away! I want to get back to the yarn shops and stuff my face with more beignets.
In more knitting news, I finished knitting the Ribbed Lace Bolero! Seriously – I’ve finished knitting it but I am still binding off. The pattern recommends a sewn bind-off and with 100+ stitches, it takes forever. After the bind-off it’s just a couple of short seams, tacking down the collar and praying for a good fit!
As for blog news, I have finally finished updating all of the archives. Apologies if you were overwhelmed by copious “updates” in your RSS feeds. I uploaded all of the photos to Flickr and updated/removed outdated links. I went through every post and it was both fun and weird reading all of it. I came across so many projects that I loved at the time and, well, don’t anymore. It was also funny to see what patterns I wanted to knit back in the day. I look at some of them now and think “why did I ever want to knit that?” I guess tastes change over the years! And oh the projects that I abandoned! I couldn’t believe it! But I know I’m not the only knitter who loses interest in projects as they progress. I’m learning it’s better to use the yarn for something else rather than finish something I know I’ll hate. Of course, it’s always painful for me to rip out abandoned projects! The more I do it, the easier it will get! Right?!