Ah, the dog days of August are upon us. Today is my birthday —
We had the obligatory family gathering on Sunday. My mother made peach cobbler and coconut cream pie. Very tasty — some neat little gifties. I was the recipient of some lovely birthstone earrings and a necklace — peridots from Bolivia. A Zippi fan — the cutest little thing you ever saw — which will travel with me to band practice — it is always hot hot hot on the platform!
Isn’t it just the cutest little thing you ever saw? Mine is not black, though — mine is the limited platinum edition!
I have been getting my items gathered up for the state fair. I procrastinated last year and didn’t get anything entered in time, so this year I was determined not to miss the deadline. So below are photos of two of my entries (I don’t have a photo of the socks I am entering)
Item 1 is the Diamond Seed Stitch Baby Jacket from Interweave Knits — can’t recall the specific issue at the moment. I used Brown Sheep Cotton Fine in the Teddy Bear colorway.
Item 2 is the Branching Out scarf — a free Knitty pattern. I used Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in the Denim colorway. I really like this scarf. I currently have another on the needles in a mossy green. And I also love this Silky Wool yarn.
I am also submitting a pair of embossed leaves socks, but didn’t manage to get a photo of those.
Last night my DD made dinner — yummy fish tacos and some rice. We had eaten fish tacos at On the Border and I really liked them. I found a recipe at the Whole Foods website and so she used that recipe and they were very good.
Over the weekend I did a bit of cooking — I made a Lebanese beef and green bean stew in my crockpot which we ate over brown rice. Another meal I made was chicken thighs marinated in olive oil and za’atar and then roasted in the oven. I served those with baba ghanoush, pita and a salad of spinach, mandarin oranges, diced red pepper, pine nuts, and gorgonzola cheese with an olive oil and vinegar dressing. Happy tummies this weekend —