Tuesday, October 26, 2010

mmmm... peanut butter

I'm back from another whirlwind trip to Minneapolis.  My dad turned 70 (!!!), and we had a lovely family party.  Sadly I forgot my camera, so no photos of the 2-layer devil's food cake that I frosted and decorated with candy corn and the like. There's something so festive about a fancy layer cake!
Most of the weekend was spent with family, but I did manage to meet some dear friends for Sunday brunch at Hell's Kitchen. Their peanut butter is just as amazing as everyone says. I bought a jar for my parents, and I'm planning to make it myself sometime soon (recipe here)! 

All that garter stitch for my Greenfield Cardigan is beginning to seem interminable:

I've divided for the arms, and am now chugging along on the increases after the waist.  It's going to be cozy, but that's one heck of a lot of K stitches.
Kylie tried out her new harness and leash recently!  When I first put it on her, she melted into a kitty-cat puddle on the floor and refused to move.  Once we got her out on the deck she was emboldened and did some exploring. Too cute. We haven't tried Capricha yet, as she's a bit faster and more curious.
I'm a notorious over-packer when traveling, and while my new-ish Kindle has helped me carry fewer weighty tomes, I still need to change my ways.  One thing that I thought might help was a smaller (cute!) carry-on bag that I'd feel motivated to use.  While this Orla Kiely number was calling out my name, its high price tag didn't work with the budget. I found this Le Sportsac Weekender at Marshall's last week, and it worked like a charm for my Minneapolis trip.
My first time traveling with just a carry-on since 9/11!
I try not to be too political here (hey, it's a knitting blog), but I can't resist pointing to this piece from James Fallows at the Atlantic in support of NPR.


Mia said...

Kitty puddles!!! Funny how that little ball of fluff can weigh a ton at times!

You love your sweater. Keep saying it. I am doing the same with my Featherweight Cardi. It is mindless.

Now you have me wanting peanut butter. Okay not really, I am on a pumpkin kick. I just roasted a 15 pound pumpkin last night. It tastes like pumpkin custard with just the pumpkin.

elizabeth said...

That was a great article - I'd missed the whole Fox News v. NPR thing. Of course it makes sense that they'd go after credible media! Grrrr....

Rose said...

Thanks for the NPR link! I'm going to post it on my blog as well (so the ten people who read me can see it) :)

marycatharine said...

Peanut butter is so good, sometimes I revert to childhood as eat it as much as possible. Keep chugging along at the sweater, it's going to be so warm once it's done.

Caffeine Girl said...

I'm with Mia -- just loved your kitty puddles!

Hang in there with the sweater. In the end, it's worth it.

I'm looking forward to traveling with my new Kindle. So many books at my fingertips!

Katie M. said...

Ha! Cats on a leash are always entertaining. I hope she's adjusting well ...

Good luck getting out of garter stitch purgatory! The finished sweater will be worth it!

Anita said...

Hi Jodi, This is my first visit to your blog and I'm loving your greenfield cardi that's coming along. Love to see the finished project. Kind regards, Anita.

Rue said...

I don't even want to think of what Nayyir would do if we put him in a harness. Compared with that, a kitty puddle sounds pretty good!

Your cardi is going to be lovely - that yarn is gorgeous! Just think of it as reading knitting and it will seem so much better.

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

I went to Hell's Kitchen for the first time a few weeks ago and yeah, the peanut butter was amazing!

Sharon said...

My interest is piqued. I'm anticipating the next installment on that sweater.

I hope you'll comment on your Kindle again. The jury is still out for me. One of the ladies in my book group is selling hers - says she misses turning pages and holding a book. A generational gap thing? Another friend says she only uses hers for trips.

A different Elizabeth said...

I, myself an overpacker, love Baggalini bags. They have lots of zipper pockets, and I can fit so much stuff in them. They can be a little pricey, but I've gotten several on sale.