Phew! Holidays are over until next year….

January 6, 2009 at 5:58 pm 3 comments

Well, the silly season has once again come to an end.  Whether you celebrate it for the “real” reason or other reasons, it can really wear on you!   What has done me in is having 5 days off two days on twice!  It makes it really hard to get back into the swing of things at work.

DB and I don’t have children.  We celebrate the holidays in our own way: by running away.  We took a trip to San Diego, CA to find the home DB lived in until he was two.  (It’s now a home that is quite possibly unaffordable by our standards.)  The weather there was the coldest it’s been in two decades!  What luck….  As a result, surfing lessons for DB was out of the question.  The 70-yr. old head with the 20-yr. old body freaked me out the most.  There was much wealth and everything was well-manicured.  The seafood and sushi was particularly good.  (We do like our sushi!)  As fate would have it, I spotted the yarn shop, Knitting in La Jolla, in an alcove on Prospect St.  My luck held, as DB pulled over immediately and let me indulge for a few minutes.  My luck was good.  The sock yarn was RIGHT INSIDE THE FRONT DOOR!  I grabbed one skein of indie hand-dyed yarn from CO (I bought the Aspen Sock in Pedro’s Journey), a couple of skeins of Misti Alpaca Sock yarn, and some buttons (for my dear friend/neighbor/dogsitter) for a 3-button shawl.  I was so quick, that when I left the shop, DB was not there!  He assumed I would take longer, and had ducked into a gallery nearby.  I wandered around aimlessly on the street, but didn’t dare go back into the yarn shop, for fear that I would buy more yarn.

We left for San Diego Christmas day, and came back Sunday afternoon.  It was a long trip, but restful, and as usual, as with all trips with DB, it was FUN.  We went to the San Diego Zoo (World famous), walked the boardwalk several times in Pacific Beach, had seafood, steak, FISH TACOS, sushi, and in our search for a restroom, ended up seeing the Lodge at Torrey Pines.  Yes, in our search for a restroom, DB pulled into Torrey Pines Golf Course.  The name seemed slightly familiar, but didn’t hit home until I saw the huge banner that read “Home of the US Open.”  Against my protestations, we went through the Lodge door, held open by a dude in a kilt.  The Arts & Crafts woodwork was BEAUTIFUL.  The restrooms were IMMACULATE!  I was so glad he dragged me in there (for more reasons than one).  Now I want an Arts & Crafts home in the country, instead of a French Country home. 

Before I forget, we went to the Hotel del Coronado and MEXICO.  We went so deep into Mexico, they didn’t speak English.  I can safely say we went all the way to Rosarito.  The change, at the border, was amazing….we went from a clean, organized, thriving community in San Diego to depressed, lean-to looking habitation.  It was really sad.  That border really makes all the difference in the world.  I’ll stop now.  I’m not going to figure it out here and now.

I’ve finally got the “Lasso Me Baby” pattern printed.  (See entry below in December)  It’s available for a cool $5, plus postage.  Please remember it only comes in a 36″ bust.  I’ll be posting it on etsy.  My shop is “Papatya.”

Oh, and before I forget.  Remember when I left the yarn shop and couldn’t find DB?  He had wondered into a sculpture gallery called “Device.”  The metal sculptures blew me away!  Here are photos of some of the works:

Eris by Greg Brotherton

Eris by Greg Brotherton


Mercury by Greg Brotherton

Mercury by Greg Brotherton


Minitron by Greg Brotherton

Minitron by Greg Brotherton

In website news, I’ve added a new Cocoknits pattern, “Katje.”  She’s really cute.

Cocoknits Katje cardigan

Cocoknits Katje cardigan

That’s all folks!


Entry filed under: Blogroll, New Patterns.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dixie Ryall  |  January 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Wow! Sounds like you guys had a wonderful time in San Diego. My twenty year old daughter, Susan, left for San Diego just after Christmas. As a matter of fact she just got back last night. She stayed in two different hostels, one downtown, and one more near Pacific Beach. She is such an adventurer. She went alone just to explore. She was there for New Years, and had a great time.

    Glad you had such a good Christmas! DR

  • 2. Christy  |  January 7, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I could not find the pattern for lasso me baby on your etsy site. Also, is the pattern listed on Ravelry by any chance?


    p.s. very jealous you got to go to San Diego. I hope you had a maragarita or 2! also those metal sculpture pictures are the coolest, thanks for sharing!

  • 3. knitch  |  January 7, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    San Diego was super cool. I urge all to take that trip!

    Lasso Me Baby isn’t up yet. I hope to add that thang tonight. It’s not on ravelry yet, either. As a matter of fact, I don’t know if any of my patterns are on ravelry! I’d better check that….

    I didn’t have a margarita ’cause DB had read an article in the New Yorker about microbrews and was going through a beer drinking weekend. Someone had to remain sober!


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