Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sowebo Fest

I forgot to update you on my activities on Sunday! I went to Sowebo art fest (sowebo = south west baltimore). It's a street festival with art, jewelry, music, and people watching :)

I had a great time with the people watching especially. There was some very interesting sights including these lovely swans :)


I went with my friends Larissa, Zeke and William and we also enjoyed sampling the array of tasty treats! Watermelon/strawberry slushies, sausage and peppers, pizza, and lemonade were all sampled.


The music was great too - every area had it's own genre - folk, heavy metal, hip hop and even a marching band!


I was also lucky enough to run into an old friend! My friend Tim and I hadn't seen each other in over 4 years! How awesome is that!

Tim and I at Sowebofest

I ended up buying a gorgeous handmade necklace (which I'm wearing in the above pic), and some homemade ginger hemp granola from Michele's Granola (yum!).

Monday, May 25, 2009

Stitch and Pitch!

I made my second annual trek down to the National stadium on Saturday to see the Stitch and Pitch game. This year the Nationals were playing the Orioles in the Battle of the Beltways! I didn't care who won - but in the end the O's beat the Nats 2-1.

Here is my plain sock in progress:
Stitch and Pitch!

I went with Coleen, Hollyanne, Theresa and Jen. I was an idiot and forgot my camera - so I am stealing Theresa's pics!

Me and Jen

Coleen, Hollyanne and Theresa

We had a ball - eating way too much good stuff including Bens' Chili bowl and the most amazing Gelati! Mmm - Mint Chip for me and Theresa and Lemon for the rest!

I also have some big news - I bought a new car on Saturday!!! I got a new 2009 Ford Escape to replace my old 2004 Ford Escape. Love it! It's Sangria Red and has a sunfood and leather seats and butt warmers and an Ipod hookup and cool lights inside - on my!

I'll have to take some pictures and show you!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sketch'n Part VII and VIII

Another double edition of Sketch'n!

The latest two rounds of the Sketchbook swap I participate in have caught me in an extremely busy time! I only had time for three drawings in each book. Here they are:

Sketchbook mosaic

I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend!! Be safe!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Wine in the Woods

I helped out at the Far Eastern Shore Winery at Wine in the Woods. My good friends Tien and Tara are the owners.

To quote from their website:
"Far Eastern Shore Winery is a family-owned, boutique micro-winery located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, in the historic town of Easton.

We produce less than 200 cases of each of our wines annually, so we hand-fill and label each and every bottle!

While we would enjoy your company in touring our facility, our zoning does not currently permit us to do this. Right now, you can only sample our wines at the Maryland Wine Festivals!

We are in the process of expanding both our production capacity as well as our wine selection, so be sure to visit our website frequently to check up on our progress!"

I highly recommend checking them out!

It was a very successful busy day!

This was the only picture I got to take before I dove in to start working. The crowds were out in force.

Wine in the Woods

Here's Tien looking at the day's tally...

Wine in the Woods

And here's Tara (in black) after the crowds were gone.

Wine in the Woods

It was a busy day and everyone loved the wine. I may have to go back today and actually walk around!

Friday, May 15, 2009

How does your garden grow?

Happy Spring everyone!!

It's gorgeous outside today and I'm so excited for tomorrow! I'll be heading to Wine in the Woods. If you live in Maryland - stop by the Far Eastern Shore booth. I'll be working there from 3-6 pouring their wines. The owners are good friends of mine - so come out and give them a taste!

All the rain leading up to the past few nice days have caused my flowers to pop!! I couldn't resist taking a few pictures.

Here's some Friday eye candy from my yard.


Peony bud







My front steps

Have a great weekend!

Monday, May 11, 2009

MD Sheep and Wool loot!

I finally got a chance to take some pictures of my Maryland Sheep and Wool loot!!

I got a sweater's worth of yarn from Peace Fleece!
Oh how I love this color...

Peace Fleece

I already did up a swatch.

Peace Fleece swatch

I'm thinking of doing this sweater: Forestry (Old Penny Cardigan) I never would have thought about this pattern based on the picture in the magazine - but there are some great ones on ravelry.

The only other yarn I got was this beautiful sock yarn from Three Irish Girls:

Three Irish Girls sock yarn

I'm knitting the Mad Color Weave socks with it and I love how it's coming out so far.

This was definitely a year for roving and fiber.
I got this gorgeous assortment of fiber and I can't wait to spin it up.

My MDSW loot

There is some Woolarina, Grafton Fibers and Cloverhill in there from the cloverhill booth, a giant ball of Spinner's Hill roving and some Barletyarns roving in there.

Here are some closeups:

Cloverhill roving

Grafton Fiber Corriedale

Giant roving ball from Spinner's Hill


Bartletyarns roving

I also got some goodies from Sarah! She not only made me that gorgeous skirt in yesterday's post - she also sewed this cute pin cushion!

Pin Cushion

AND she let me borrow her hand carders and combs to try!
Hand Carders and combs from Sarah

I can't wait to wash some fleece and give these a whirl.

In non fibery purchases - I bought Karida's new book and a lovely walnut niddy noddy:

Pints and Purls

And I also got this antique bobbin:

Giant Bobbin

I plan to make a lamp out of it.

Stay tuned for more in progres pics!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

John and his mom

We took out my mother in law for lunch today to King's Contrivance restaurant.

King's Contrivance Restaurant

We had a lovely meal - I had an eggplant and pine nut fritter for my appetizer and veal parmigiana for my meal. John and I shared the most decadent chocolate torte for desert.

It was also the perfect opportunity to wear the new skirt Sarah made for me!


It fits perfectly!!

Thanks Sarah!!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Modeled Sweater

Happy Wednesday everyone! My sister in law sent me some pics of Simon in his new sweater!

I think it fits him perfectly!

Have a great week!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Maryland Sheep and Wool!!!

What started out as a rainy icky day - turned into a great one!
The first day of Maryland Sheep Wool for me was actually yesterday - I helped Jolene setup the Cloverhill booth. We worked from 9-5 and man were we tired! But it was all worth it - just look at these crowds!!

Cloverhill Booth

Cloverhill Booth

Of course - the best part of MDSW is seeing all the friends!


It was a great day - I can't wait until tomorrow!
Sheep Shearing draws a crowd