"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman


It Was a Good Day

Yesterday was a good day. First I went to knitting group, which is very small. Usually just me and Judy show up at the Starbucks near Kohl's in the north end of Coeur d'Alene on Monday's from 10am to Noon (a plug for the 'group' here). We met through Ravelry, wanted a daytime knit group (they're all evening groups around here), and decided to just start one. But this week we had a guest. Marguerite, of the Stitches of Violet blog, was in town visiting her son, so she came to our knit in. It was fun getting to talk to Marguerite in person. I worked on my Pomatomus sock.

Judy and Marguerite

Me and Marguerite-two Bloggers.

From the meeting we went to Boucle's, which is a yarn shop that used to be in downtown Coeur d'Alene but just recently moved more toward the center of town, rather than closing as originally planned. The shop just reopened yesterday so we had to put in an appearance and check out the new digs. It's in a little house now, and quite cute. I bought a Fiberspace pattern for a felted Sea Horse.

Then Marguerite and I went to lunch. We went to the White House in Post Falls, which is a wonderful Greek restaurant with a decidedly HEAVY garlic hand. You can smell it 5 blocks before you get to it-even if your nose is stuffed up by a cold (which mine isn't, by the way).

We both had the special, a spicy lamb sausage sandwich in Pita bread and they're infamous extremely garlicky pasta salad. It was delicious.

You take your first bite of the salad and think to yourself "Wow, that's a lot of garlic! Cough...!".

You take a 2nd bite and think "Wow, I didn't mistake that. It's a LOT of garlic. (eye's water a bit)"

You take a 3rd bite and think "My God! I've never had that much garlic in a salad in my life. I don't know if I can eat all this." (contemplate if your stomach can handle it, or if it's gonna suddenly spontaneously combust in a fiery cloud of garlic.)

After the 4th bite you realize you can't stop eating it. It's just so darned delicious! But my pores will be oozing garlic odor for weeks.

I enjoyed my visit with Marguerite. Only a good friend will give you a goodbye hug after eating that much garlic! Thanks for lunch Marguerite.

When I got home from lunch there was a package waiting for me. Some books I ordered from Needle Arts Book Shop in Canada had arrived. They are all written completely in Japanese, but the charts are so good I will have very little trouble figuring them out. There's lots of info on knitting from Japanese patterns on the web too.

I got this book cos I love the cover sweater. The Title in English is Lets Knit Series #11. Turns out, I love all the ones inside too.

Here are my two favorites.

This one is Guernsey and Aran Sweaters.

I just love this green sweater.

This one is New Style of Heirloom Knitting. Marguerite knitted the cover sweater and wrote about it on her blog, which is how I learned about these books.

Besides the cover sweater, I love this one from the book too.

The designs in all three of these books are awesome. Now I want the rest of them.

After I got done taking the pictures of the books, Chenille announced she wanted me to take her picture too. She even posed for it.

Such a Diva!

Have a great day.


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  2. I linked over from Stitches of Violet. Your Pomatomus sock is looking gorgeous so far and I'm so impressed you could work on that and talk at the same time!

    Next time we pass through Coeur d'Alene I'll have to talk my husband into stopping at White House. He is a HUGE garlic fan. We go back and forth between Missoula and Seabeck, WA so we pass through on every few months.

  3. Marguerite sent me, too! Love your Diva! What fun it is to meet a cyber-friend in person.

  4. I found you via Marguerite, too!

    I love that picture of your cat. That is one cool looking kitty. I've never seen one with those markings before.

  5. That Marguerite... she's a persuasive blog-reader-sender!
    I *love* that first sweater in the Let's Knit book. Wow.
    I've seen others posting about these Japanese knitting boks, but I was afraid of the language difference. But you feel the charts are readable? Hmmm...
    I think I see Japanese kntting books in my future...