Just so you all know, I am starstruck. What little girl didn't dream, even for a fleeting second, about being famous? Or being on local tv on a regular basis? Ok, how about a 10 second soundbyte on the local news?
My girlfriends and I went to a local wine & chocolate weekend shindig on Saturday. Being the
lushes wine fanatics wine connoisseurs that we are, we started early. As in, we got to our 1st winery at 10:45 Saturday morning, glass in hand. Nothing says "Breakfast!" like a glass of red wine. Say cheese!
And wouldn't you know the local news station was there with the weekend anchor (who, by the way, is much tinier in person and I told her so). And wouldn't you know both B and J walked quietly away into the shadows when Miss Tiny News Anchor asked if one of us wanted to answer a few questions on camera? "Um yah sure, I'll do it (since I'm the only one still standing here)" So on goes the wireless mike and out comes the former pageant queen personality.
"Yes, the wine tour has been fabulous... I hope this event brings us closer to world peace." (Sorry for perpetuating the stereotype of pageant queens but, hey, if you can't make fun of yourself, you shouldn't talk.)
But darn it all if I didn't blush when I watched myself on the 6:00 news last night... and again this morning when they showed that piece again. (And no, I didn't tape it but not for lack of trying... I couldn't get my VCR hooked up fast enough, nor could I find a blank tape.)
The endangered species foundation was at our 1st winery. B had a chat with one of the owls. And if I didn't know any better I'd say he'd had previous conversations with her, as he refused to look at her when she tried to talk to him (which we all know is a futile activity, trying to talk to an owl, but it makes for good photos).
Didja see that? B is famous for her Shoulder Shrugs, Nose Taps and Eye Rolls. This little mister did both the Shoulder Shrug (complete with Turn Away) and an Eye Roll.
It turned out the 1st winery was the best winery we visited. Although the Q winery was fun too. Because of our regional climate, most wines produced here in our valley are of the port variety. Which I'm not particularly fond of, except when truffles are involved. Mmmm, truffles and port -- yum. And I did pick up a deliciously light rose wine, which again, I'm not particularly fond of roses but this one was great.
And unfortunately, an ex-boyfriend worked at the 1st winery, an ex I hadn't seen in 5 years since he dumped me the day before my 23rd birthday. I made sure to give him the Shoulder Shrug and a big Turn Away.
In other news, I started and completed my first Odessa! I used Peruvian Highland Silk yarn with 80% wool / 20% silk in Celadon. I love knitting with beads! Leave it to Kathy to design yet another fabulous pattern.
I say "first" because it's kind of too small. I could have done one more repeat. BUT I'm going to block it and see what happens. If it's still too small, I'll gift it to someone with a much smaller head. Or less hair.
I've started my first ever pair of Jaywalkers (thanks again Kathy!) I love this pattern. It's everything I've ever heard about these socks. I'm using Lorna's Laces in Desert Rose. I originally bought this yarn for my mom (her birthday's in March) but now it's not saying "Mom" to me. I think I'll have to find another color for her.
are a pair of size 35 wooden needles that used to be my stepdad's mother's. She passed away just before Christmas in 2005. I decided that I need to make a project of sorts to knit up on these needles and then have it all shadowboxed and enclosed. The project will be unfinished (a 6" x 6" square in a beautiful yarn). I think that's the best way to display these needles. I can't use them, they are way too heavy but I would like to show them.