if I have enough yarn to bind off the baby bolero from One Skein.
I'm using Blue Sky Alpacas organic cotton in "nut." This cotton is actually quite easy on my hands and wrists; too bad it's a bit expensive. This is one of the natural, undyed colors. I ordered it off the internets, and the color seemed OK at first. As time went on, the color began to remind of the following:
- my couch
- paper grocery bags
- my Chevy Malibu
- the Ski Queen Gjetost (Norwegian goat cheese) that I grew up eating. Note its lovely tan color:
Sigh... I'll pick a prettier color next time.
My trip to the forest preserve went well. We had a fabulous picnic, complete with homemade olive tapenade, goat cheese, Bake Sale Brownies from the Test Kitchen cookbook (not so great -- go with the Land O Lakes recipe instead), and a delicious Sauvignon Blanc. We ran into a coyote by our picnic site, then went on a lovely 8-mile hike that was occasionally interrupted by mountain bikers. The trails were pretty narrow, so we did a lot of hopping into the bushes.
Apparently the buzz is beginning for the film adaptation of The Golden Compass. I enjoyed the first book in the series, probably in large part due to the classical references. The other two turned me off as they became increasingly religious. When I was a kid I really liked one of Pullman's earlier books -- The Ruby in the Smoke. Did anybody else read that one? Pullman has a very distinctive style.