Sunday, October 16, 2011

This and That

It is a beautiful Sunday here in sunny Florida.  I am loving this weather, warm but not toooo humid.  This is Autumn for us.  You can take a long walk without breaking into a huge sweat.  
 I can not decorate for Halloween due to renovations for the kitchen/laundry.  I needed Autumn to be present in my house, so I went out and bought these beautiful pumpkins for my backyard area.  The green pumpkin is the most amazing color.  I also bought 5 beautiful white pumpkins, I have them around my outdoor kitchen area, sorry no pictures but they are lovely.  You see, I had 65 high school swimmers here last night for a progressive dinner.  We ordered the food as the kitchen is still not in working order.  I wanted it to look festive outside so the pumpkins did the trick.  I was able to put my whole family room back together before the kids arrived.  Man, what a lot of work, it almost feels like I am moving in all over again.
 On Friday a few of my knitting buddies and I had a road trip down to Sarasota to visit A Good Yarn.  They have moved to a new location, and boy was it worth the trip.  The store is simply amazing, and the owners and all the people who work there are some of the very nicest people you will ever meet.  When I walked in I was overwhelmed with yarn fumes.  I think I want to move right in.
 When I visit a yarn store that is not in my area, I always like to look for something unique to purchase, something I can't get near home.  There were so many options at A Good Yarn, I had a hard time deciding what to buy.  I finally decided on the new Knit Wear magazine, gorgeous projects and a delight to see.  I also bought this beautiful Merino silk yarn from Three Irish Girls.  It is soooo soft and yummy!
 And look at this!!!!!  Autumn,  an acrylic/cotton polyester blend with buttons and these little leaves sewn right into the yarn.  In the store they had this made up into a little caplet/shawl.  It was BEAUTIFUL!!!!!  I couldn't resist.
 So I bought two skeins to make the caplet for myself.  I think I deserve a bit of a treat after the way the last few months have been working out. 

I have been working on my second shawl for a Christmas present for my son's swim coach,  that is when I am not cleaning.  I will show you more soon.

Hope your weekend is wonderful, and that you are enjoying Autumn or Spring depending on where you are in the world.


9 comments:

Rizzi said...

HI MEREDITH,
LOVE YOUR PUMPKINS, YOU MUST BE TIRED TODAY AFTER YOUR PARTY YESTERDAY. OUR WEATHER HAS CHANGED FOR THE BETTER TOO. I ACTUALLY SHUT THE AC OFF.
YOUR YARN IS FANTASTIC, I NEVER SAW YARN WITH LEAVES AND BUTTONS ATTACHED BEFORE, I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOUR CAPLET/SHAWL YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE. I KNOW IT WILL BE LOVELY. HAVE A NICE WEEK. RIZZI

Grateful4Crochet said...

Those yarns look amazing!!
That shop sounds amazing too.
Nice work with that many people at your house!

Annaboo said...

LOVE your pumpkins! - must get one for my kids too.
And now I have major yarn-envy. That Autumn colour is fabulous.

Cannot imagine what 65 swimmers would eat!! I'm betting a lot!!!
Have a great week, you.
Xx

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi Meredith, Love your new yarns. I absolutely love to go to new yarn stores where ever I travel to. It is so much fun and of course only adds to my yarn and all things crafty and accessories addiction! It's really bad, but you know what it is what I love and I will continue to make myself happy! Right!!
Can't believe you had the whole swimmer team over, WOW, that WAS a lot of work. I think you deserve another treat!
Have a great week, xoRobin❤

minaandme said...

What pretty pumpkins! I positively love autumn ^_^ And those yarns look luscious! Going to explore new yarn stores always makes me feel like a kid at Christmas. Your choices, particularly the pink, were lovely. I look forward to seeing your caplet when it is complete!
~Lacey

Rose Red said...

Knitting road trips are the best! You picked up some gorgeous yarns, you definitely deserve a nice reward. Hope it is as lovely to knit with as it is to look at!

"Petunia Pill" said...

A road trip to look for yarn...how fun! And your purchase...hmmmmm delicious! But I'm fixated on 65 swimmers for dinner. Sixty-five? Are you kidding me? That's a big number of...uhm...anything...mice, children, parents, aunts, uncles...but young swimmers? Good Lord! That's a lot of reallllly hungry stomachs! But back to your plans for the yarn...you're right, you SOOOOOO deserve to make yourself a beautiful present. Can't wait to see it. Sending hugs, Annette

MaryMargaret said...

Love the green pumpkin, and how fabulous is that Autumn yarn? I can't wait to see what it turns into!

The Garden Bell said...

Thanks for the deads up about that yarn shop moving. I have plans to head down there this March. I'm also going to hit up that other one in TPA, which I still haven't gotten over too. Fab finds to build that yarn stash with. Love the cran color.

By the way, glad to have gotten to your state of Michigan. We are having a pretty color-less fall here in the Windy City this year.