I cannot possibly be expected to travel any sort of distance without at least one knitting project in hand. Last week I plane, trained and automobiled my way to Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, England and had some lovely yellow ochre yarn with me. I have challenged myself to not buy any yarn this year unless I need it for a specific project (this came after several episodes of Hoarders. God. I love that show. Read: please don’t let that be me.) and this lovely bit happened to be leftover from a feather and fan baby blanket I made for a friend.
It just so happens that this blanket is for the friend I was visiting! So it’s all very appropriate blahdy blah. Anyhoo.
- Cast on 42 stitches on a size 7 round needle and knit 10 rows
- K3, K2 tog 3 times, yo 6 times, K2 tog 6 times, yo 6 times, K2 tog 3 times, K3
- Knit the next 2 rows
- K3, Purl row, K3
- *Slip the first stitch of each row as if you were knitting
Oh look! Baby yarn factories!!
I made this pin years and years ago but have never had the perfect thing to do with it. Until now. I love how these pieces go together.
And just in case you aren’t into knitting your own scarf, or smithing your own pin, I have them both listed in my Etsy shop – just click on the respective links.
And what is the next project you ask? A grey scarf similar to this with yarn I bought in England. Why did I buy it? Because I had finished this beauty and could not possibly be expected to travel without something to knit! I think that’s a rule at US Customs or something….Really. Look it up.
Henrietta has been a very busy bird. She recently returned home from a trip to the city of brotherly love: Philadelphia, PA! She reports that she had a great time seeing all the sights, and the Morris family were great hosts (Philly Cheese Seed sandwich anyone?).
She even attempted the famous “Rocky” stairs. But it looks like Matt had to help her to the top.
Henrietta tells me she already misses hanging out with the Morris crew…but has already flown out on her next adventure! I hear she’s traveling around a place that looks like a mitten…Hmmm!
To date Henrietta has flown approximately 28,907 miles!
It seems it has been forever since I’ve updated (actually, it has. Really.) and part of that delay is that the husband and I were off gallivanting again. This time we went to Peru! A new continent and country for both of us and it most certainly did not disappoint. We switched things up a bit by meeting my parents down there and was a fun dynamic. Why the family reunion? As it happens my dad was in South America in 1969 and has always talked about going back. In addition to that, our family hosting an exchange student from Lima my freshman year in high school and we wanted to be sure to see my Peruvian hermana too. It was fab to see her and her amazing family, and bonus: built in tour guides!
My favorite of the fruits were the little orange fruits (aguaymanto) and I even broke my “no chain restaurants in a foreign country” rule to have a McD’s ice cream sundae with these fruits as the topping. Love it!
A cemetery I could have spent days in – mausoleum style with ‘shadow box’ style markers.
Dad’s first anticuchos in over 40 years (and he’s been talking about them for just as long). They did not disappoint! In fact, my husband declared that we have anticuchos again before leaving the country lest he “pull a Larry” and crave them for 4 decades. And the girl in the back? That’s Ale – my Peruvian sister. She’s going to kill me for posting this.
We were able to take this photo for 1 sole (about 30 cents). This woman comes here every day to pose for photos but I’m pretty sure I’m one of the only ones to totally lose my shit over the adorableness of the baby llama.
The altitude in Cuzco was no joke. Mom and Galen had blue lips, and neither my dad nor I were feeling all that awesome. Asking the hotel front desk for oxygen in Spanish was a first for me.
It’s still pretty surreal to say that I saw this…this view of a place we have all seen photos of our entire lives. The only thing to ruin it were people and their stupid selfie sticks. Ugh.
Tipon archaeological complex. This was an agricultural testing ground for the Incas and it was pretty amazeballs.
I have yet to offlaod the rest of the photos from my camera. I seem to have brought some sort of bug home that I can’t quite shake and I’m not firing on all cylinders. But I hope to A) process the photos soon and B) feel better. Because feeling better is good.
You can see the rest of the photos from the camera on the flickr page. I haven’t laughed this much in possibly ever. Well played Japan. And well played Tonino family.
It’s true. We are total foodie travelers and often plan parts of our trips around meals (because why not?!) and the food in Okinawa definitely did not disappoint. Not a single bad meal (or even convenience store snack) was had during our 9-10 day stay.
The sushi was of course amazeballs and super fresh. I stepped out of my comfort zone to try a quail egg and yam puree roll, which was pretty tasty, though I’m not sure I would go for it again (a texture thing…). We checked out a sushi-go-round where when you ordered off the menu a little race-car ran down the belt holding your order. Conclusion: so cool. We also did a pretty good job destroying a ton of plates.
The ramen was also something straight out of the self help section. And by that I mean it was pretty life affirming and life changing. None of this ‘just add hot water’ stuff…this is the real deal. We sampled more than a few bowls at different restaurants and I’m still hard pressed to choose my favorite. The broth is always thick and full of over the top meaty flavor (& you can add miso! Heavenly!!) and additions like bean sprouts, hard boiled eggs and even more green onions are totally encouraged. I kinda want some more. Right now.
We checked out a few local markets where you could get everything from the oink of the pig, to seaweed, to still moving shellfish. One of these markets on Kokusai Street in Naha was straight out of an Anthony Bourdain episode (…which is from real life, I know. I just want to BE him.) where you could take your freshly purchased, still moving food upstairs to one of the many little family run restaurants and have your fresh catch immediately turned into dinner or a snack.
I also ventured to try this funky ice cream in a balloon (someone needed to do it). Banana was the flavor of the day and despite some obviously dirty references (which totally made us laugh) it was pretty yummy. I felt a bit like a jerk walking through the market with this balloon thing hanging out of my mouth, but you only live once, right? (hashtag yolo!)
Japanese curry was also a winner despite my pretty severe dislike of anything curry related (I don’t like coconut and curry powder is icky). It’s a totally different taste and not what I expected at all. And don’t get me started on the gyoza! Even the worst of the batches we inhaled were better than what we can get around here. So yeah. Now I’m super hungry……pass the ramen please! And some gyoza. Don’t forget the gyoza…!
The husband and I just returned home from an amazing trip to Okinawa, Japan where we visited friends and got the best tour we could have asked for. Hotel Tonino totally gets 5 stars from us. The food was amazing, the company was great, and I don’t think I offended anyone too badly, in addition to laughing more in 9 days than I have in years.
We checked out a cherry blossom festival which was pretty amazing. Not only did I see the largest spider I’ve ever seen outside of a pet shop (and I’m told it was only a baby…) but we were able to sample some super delish food (meat pockets are omg good) and I saw a baby goat wearing a pink dress, diaper and diamond bling necklace. I would say that all of that made my life ultimately complete, but the fun didn’t stop there.
There was of course tons of amazing sushi at our finger tips and I am proud to say that I tried some new things….the raw quail egg with sweet potato puree was a step outside of the comfort zone for me (you know how much I love quail eggs, so it had to happen). We also checked out the funky sea grapes, ice cream from a balloon (yeah, I totally ate that in public) and sampled the famous habu sake. The sake contains dead habu snakes and venom and was actually pretty tasty despite destroying my insides for 2 days afterwards. We checked out a snake show with these snakes (alive of course) which was insane – the demonstrator slapped a cobra. Twice. Wow.
There are of course more updates to follow as I have yet to process the photos from the actual camera….brewery tours, beach combing, glass making, ramen eating…..the fun didn’t stop!!