Friday, August 17, 2007

I Heart Habu! and all things Japanese....

So, I'm sure everybody's noticed a little bit of Habu love floating around the blogosphere these days. What's not to love? The yarn is gorgeous, knits up beautifully, is packaged in such simple and appealing fashion, and hey, it's from Japan. Is there anything from Japan that's not cool?
Which is why I made Veronique, who is still on a stash-busting yarn diet, come with me to Habu for a little enabling. I fully intended to get just one thing, a Kusha Kusha kit, which I had called about in advance so it would be ready when I got there:Black Stainless Steel and Terracotta Merino. I can't wait to get started on it!!!
But as usual, there were way too many things there that caught my eye. There was this lovely stuff:Now, I have used Habu's cashmere (2/26, I buy the single strand and hold it doubled, knit on size 1's) in the past, and it's one of those that doesn't feel soft at all till you wash it. And then, oh then, it is luscious. The perfect thing for soft little mittens and gloves....I'm thinking about this combo (the yellow-green is leftover from the Anemoi Mittens) for some very special fingerless gloves....
And then there was this!Bamboo (20/18) in Slate (color 4). Seriously, who could resist? Not I!
I got 5 skeins of it, which will hopefully be enough for a slim little cardi, we'll see. I had to cast on right away:and I am loving every minute of it.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Canning Day

So, today my kitchen saw more action than it has in the last three years, combined:
Veronique has proven herself to be quite the domestic wonder. She even makes pies! And today, her friends all came over to make preserves!
Virginia came too, and Jaime even brought her sweet baby, Daisy.
We sampled some tasty sweet pepper jelly from last year's batch:
This sounds totally bizarre, but it is DELICIOUS! She's promised to make me some more on the next canning day.
There were beautiful bowls full of tasty things everywhere:
Who knew cooking could be so fun? Well, OK, I wasn't cooking--more like sipping my champagne, knitting, and watching, but close enough. It was a lovely way to spend a Sunday! ;)