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WIP Wednesday…

We’re on a mini vacation at Lake Tahoe. Unfortunatly the weather is not cooperating! I had plan to sit on the beach and start my Maui tan (we go in September) while we are here. Monday was nice and I got a bit sun burnt after just two hours in the late afternoon.  Yesterday it was overcast, rained last night and today is pretty cool (mid 60″s maybe). So yesterday we took a ride to South Lake Tahoe where I would have been better off spending more money at The Wool Tree and less playing slot machines. I don’t usually buy novelty yarn but the Katia swatch on size 11 needles was cool and the Ironstone colors got me. I’m going to make a summer scarf with the Katia and a Fall scarf with the Ironstone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since the weather hasn’t been the best I also have had time to knit. I’m working on the 2nd  B & B Sock. I’m ready to start the heel flap.

Going to watch Giants Baseball this evening and hope I get as far as picking up the gusset.

The weather is suppose to improve on Thursday so I’m hoping to sit on the beach and read so might not get much knitting time until late in the day if all works out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windy…

and cold, but sunny here at Lake Tahoe. We used the day to drive to South Lake Tahoe and lose some $$ at the casinos. We hadn’t been to South Lake in I don’t know how many years! Lots of new resorts on the California side. The ride over was very nice. We drove through some of the residential area at Incline Village, stopped at a Scenic View turnout and checked out Sand Harbor Beach before going to SoLake. Of course when we got to SoLake I had a yarn shop visit lined up.

Sand Harbor Photo - 1

The gondola’s weren’t running because of the wind. We wouldn’t have gone up anyway at $38/pp.

I’m sorry I didn’t take a picture of The Wool Tree yarn shop. I thought I’d find one online. Very nice shop and lovely owner. I don’t usually buy novelty yarns but bought two because she hand samples knitted up. Both projects will just be scarves. sometimes you just need an instant gratification project.

David is on his way to  EL Soncho’sSancho's Taqueria, Tahoe Vista to pick up Mexican take out. I hope it clears up tomorrow so we can get some beach time, even though another day out of the sun would be best for the sunburn I got on Monday. Asked about staying through Friday but they are booked for the 4th of July weekend.

PS: Taco’s Al Pastor were yummy and david really liked his burrito al pastor

 

H is for……

Here: Cedar Glen Lodge in Tahoe Vista. CA. We are just across the road from Lake Tahoe. Arrived on Sunday afternoon after a 4 hour drive from San Jose. It is beautiful here.

View from room 28

After a leisurely walk around the area to get a lay of the land, we sat out and had a ‘real” Mexican Corona beer that we purchased from Soncho’s up the road. Here I am relaxing with my beer.

Relaxing!

Today we drove over to Truckee to see the “historic downtown” which now houses lots of retail shops. We had to go here because back in the day David hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Lake Tahoe to Yosemite: And had to have this:

Blue Moon beer with an orange wedge! YUM

We’re having a nice time on this mini vacation. Tomorrow more sight seeing, more beer, and more pictures. come back to see where we go from here.

 

Not a good……

day before vacation. This is the first “driving vacation”  we have taken. Oh, we’ve taken a 3 day weekend to Santa Barbara, which is actually the distance we have to drive for this vacation to Lake Tahoe, but this time it feels different. We’ll only be there Sunday through Friday but it seems like we’re planning for a  two-week vacation. I should mention that we usually fly wherever we go on vacation and are very organized and ready to go the day before we fly out.

We’ll have a kitchenette and I have a few supplies that can’t be put in the cooler til the morning. Then there’s the weather; cool mornings/evenings (around 49) and nice days (around 76-80), so what do I take?

Then, while making my lunch, peeling a carrot, I peeled the side of my thumb on my left hand. Ouch! It doesn’t really hurt but feels funny. I put a band-aid on it and it makes it awkward to knit. I’m working on a cabled sock on 1 1/2  9″ circ’s and it’s making it fiddley. I tried several other patterns and can’t get enthused about any of them.

Well, maybe once we’re on the road tomorrow my attitude will change. I plan to post pictures and journal about the trip. I’m sure everything will be fine once we’re on the road. Here’s where we’re going, Cedar Glen Lodge in Tahoe Vista CA on Lake Tahoe.

Red, Red Wine…..(FO Friday)

Ok, I’m stretching it a bit today!  Play the audio while you look at the FO’s for today. They are both red and reminded me of this song by one of my all time favorite recoding artist.

The first item is the Irish Hiking Scarf knit in Misti Alpaca worsted solid. I gifted it to my SIL in Tacoma for b’day last week. Hope she likes it (I haven’t heard from her yet). The second project was  cast on on Tuesday when it was too hot to work with the alpaca that I’m using for my socks (see WIP Wednesday in previous post). A Grey Loop done in Cascade Ultra Pima in color 3173 Wine reminded me of the song. When I saw that someone one Rav had run out of yarn when they cast on the original 210 stitches I decided to only cast on 180. I used almost every inch of yarn I had. Several people mentioned that the edges curled on them but with this drapey cotton I didn’t have that issue. A very fast and satisfying project.

ETA:Just back from my LYS and so please to have received lovely compliments on the Grey Loop Scarf done in red. Several people even asked for the pattern.

Irish Hiking Scarf

Red Loop Scarf/Cowl

WIP Wednesday…

Starting this Tuesday night so all I have to do Wednesday morning is photograph one of the WIP’s. This is the same sock from last week’s WIP Wednesday but it’s now done. Counts as a WIP because I still have to do the second sock

Here is the finished sock: Pattern  B and B Sock.  Yarn is Drops Alpaca that I got at a warehouse sale last year. Yeah for using stash yarn!!  It was so hot here tonight that I couldn’t cast on the second sock because my hands were sweating and the yarn felt like it was felting in my hands. I decided to start A Grey Loop in red in Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton. I bought the yarn at Yellow House Yarns in Puyallup, WA in March. The photo doesn’t even capture the stunning deep red color of this yarn. Not sure how to make my camera get the right color.

G is for………..

ABC Blogging

Gift Cards.  I am writing this late Saturday afternoon (won’t post on the forum until Monday morning). I started early because today I tried to spend my Gift cards but couldn’t make up my mind at the yarn shop what I should buy. The sales person said spending Gift cards is almost harder than spending money!  Imagine that! I’m also the gal who can’t go into a shoe store with too many shoes (think Nordstrom, Macy’s, DSW, Off Broadway) or I leave without anything. Too many choices. I like things simple, don’t give me too many choices. Even a restaurant with too many choices (Cheesecake factory) won’t get me back because there are too many things on the menu to choose from. OR, I always buy the same shoes or order the same item off the menu. But I digress….

Here is how I got the Gift cards. Last December, Bobbins Nest in Santa Clara, CA was having a promotion. Purchase a $25.00 Gift card and take 20% off your yarn purchase the day you bought the card (I think it was 20%). Being one who likes to spend money to save money  I went down to the shop, bought some yarn, got my Gift card and was about to leave the shop. My friend Carrie comes into the shop and says “I was just coming to buy your christmas gift, what do you want? So I pick out more yarn and away we go. Fast forward to my birthday in April, Carrie gives me the $25.00 Giftt card she bought in order to get her discount that day on the yarn she bought me and now gives me the $25.00 Gift card! On June 5th my church was having Appreciation Sunday to recognize folks who had been active in service to the church (our church closed June 12th after 47 years but that’s another story). Lo and behold, the woman in charge of the gifts knew I liked to knit, lives in Santa Clara and went to Bobbins nest to purchase me a $50.00 Gift card. I now have more than $75.00 in Gift cards. But wait there’s more!! Bobbins Nest is ending their current rewards program on June 30th (starting new program July 1st). On the old program, when you spend $200.00 you get a Gift card for $20.00. I only need to spend $45.00 of the Gift cards I have to get another Gift card for $20.00.

So, today I went to the shop to spend $45.00’s in Gift card money so I could get another $20.00 Gift card and ran into TOO MANY CHOICES!!!!!! I wound up sitting down and knitting for forty-five minutes to collect myself so I could think about what I want. I came home and found a few patterns I need (read, “want”) yarn for and check needles I need and tomorrow will hopefully be more successful. I’ll add to the post tomorrow (in case someone is reading this today and wants to come back and see what happened.)

OK, PART II of the Gift card dilemma. DONE!! After checking my queue and paper patterns I decided I only need yarn for one project, Echo Reversible Drop-Stitch Mobius , needles for Ali’s Cap and of course more sock yarn. I bought Vintage Chunky by Berroco for the Echo, Chiaogoo needles for Ali’s Cap and Hazel Knits sock yarn. After applying some of my Gift card money to my purchase, earning $20.00 for reaching 200 points, I now still have $48.00 on my card!!! 

OMGosh, what should I buy next?

This weeks recipe is from (again)  The Pioneer Woman

Grilled Chicken & Pineapple Quesadilla

Added on May 17, 2010 in Main CoursesPoultry

Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 25 Minutes
Servings 6 Difficulty Easy

Ingredients

  • 8 whole Flour Tortillas
  • Butter Or Margarine
  • 2 cups Grilled Pineapple, Sliced
  • 3 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups Monterey Jack Cheese, Grated
  • 1 whole Jalapeno, Sliced
  • Cilantro
  • 3 Tablespoons Barbecue Sauce

Preparation Instructions

(To grill pineapple: cut wedges, stick on skewers, and grill over low heat. Cut into slices.)

(To pound chicken, place inside a Ziploc bag and pound with a mallet or large can to flatten to uniform thickness.)

Sprinkle with salt and pepper and Cajun spice (or cumin/cayenne, etc.) Drizzle olive oil on a grill pan and grill on both sides until done, brushing with barbecue sauce. Set aside and slice into very thin slices.

Warm griddle over medium heat and put sizzling butter or margarine in the pan. Slightly warm and toast tortillas on both sides, then remove from griddle and set aside.

To assemble, sprinkle four browned tortillas with grated Monterey Jack. Arrange chicken slices evenly over the surface. Add pineapple slices and jalapeno slices. Sprinkle on cilantro. If desired, drizzle extra barbecue sauce over the top. Add second browned tortilla on top of each one. (You’ll have four complete quesadillas at this point.)

Add to oven to warm, or back to skillet to warm, until cheese is melted. Cut each quesadilla into six wedges. Serve with sour cream, pico de gallo, and lime wedges.

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