Today was a GOOD day! I got to go shopping, have brunch, and go to the yarn shop. It was FABULOUS! First up, we ate brunch at a little shop called Coca Cafe right outside of Pittsburgh. I had the Pecan Chicken Salad. OMG - it was SO nummy!! It's grilled chicken breast, toasted pecans, dried cranberries, golden raisins, goat cheese, and maple balsamic vinaigrette served with sesame seed crackers. It was such a treat to eat lunch, in a restaurant, with adult people. Plus the food was pretty terrific!
Here are my little finds from Natural Stitches in Pittsburgh today:
Pearl (20% Yak / 80% Bamboo) in Silver colorway
245 yds, 100g
Lace Wt (2 Ply)
Purchased: 2 Skeins
Bamboo Silk (70% Bamboo Viscose / 30% Silk) in Chino colorway
99 yds, 50g
Worsted Wt (10 Ply)
Purchased: 3 Skeins
I didn't buy A LOT from the yarn store, but I did buy those little gems. I also REALLY, REALLY wanted some MadelineTosh sock yarn, but I resisted and tried to show some measure of restraint.
Meanwhile.. my awesomely talented friend, Celeste, knit this gorgeous doily for me as a house-warming present!! It's Peacock's Tail (PÅFUGLEHAL) knit out of DMC Cebelia Crochet Thread No. 30 in Coffee Cream colorway. She purposely knit it in the same crochet thread and color I am knitting Frosted Ferns in so that my doilies will match!! It's just stunning! I'm not shocked it turned out so well - She's extremely talented. But I am TICKLED to display it in my home. I tried placing it on my coffee table (bottom pic), but I think my wooden bowl (Do you see my Frosted Ferns in the bowl?!) covers it up too much. So I am going to place it around the house and find the best place to show it off! Also, Celeste suggests I use some starch or sizing to stiffen it up a bit so the ends don't curl. So once I figure out the best way to do it without hurting the lace, I will do that as well!
I cannot tell you how rejuvenating it was to just get out of the house for a couple of hours and do something "normal." Oh, it was heaven!!