Sunday, June 17, 2007

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Found Weekend

Miss M was off visiting family near Tucson last week, so S and I planned a short trip for ourselves so as to involve picking her up on the tail end of it. We drove down to Nogales, Mexico for some shopping, browsing and noshing on Saturday (Knit In Public Day), then crossed back and stayed the night at a nice place in Green Valley. We procured the childie the next day and headed homeward.

We (mostly I) took pictures! Aren't you glad????

(My Lizzie has great Knitting In Public Day photos on her blog. She's in England, the lucky sod. Go visit her blog and leaver her a nice comment. Then come back, 'k?)

This dude was trying really hard to find the beach.

We stopped at a nice little espresso stand in Nogales (first one I've seen in Mexico--and nary a Starbucks in sight-YAY!!). I liked the warbly look of the Coke bottle reflected on the cool blue tile table top. S and I both liked the real flavor provided by cane sugar in the drink rather than corn syrup. Yum.

Actual knitting content! And how's this for international: I am of Irish heritage, wearing a hat shilling a British lager, a shirt emblazoned with the Cyrillic alphabet, knitting with Turkish cotton yarn (Oh Lion Brand! Who knew?) on US size 7 needles, being photographed by my mixed-breed hubby using a Chinese camera whilst standing in Mexico. *whew!*

Here's the Nogales K-9 unit. Such sweeties to let me take their picture! Look at that baby!

Lunch at the Hacienda Caballo Rojo.

Coming back into the U.S., we drove up I-19, through pretty mountains,

past little ranches with LOTS of horses,

and a big outcropping that I think is known as Elephant's Head. I can't quite make an elephant out of it,

but maybe we were just driving too fast.

We arrived at our destination in Green Valley. The room was lovely, but this was the best part:

Later in the evening, after dinner, more knitting was done. (I was setting up the shot when my DH plunked down my empty beer glass and said, "You gotta get this in the shot!", so I did.)

This shop has everything you might have forgotten to get in Mexico.

The Longhorn. Very well-known restaurant/bar/landmark. When I'm a better photographer, I'll go back and get a photo that shows you that the eyes glow red at night. On second thought, Gale, you need to come to southern Arizona too, don't you?

Sunday morning, I awoke early and had coffee on the patio. There were lots of birds--here's a curve-billed thrasher. This one took off after a lizard and chased it all up and down the wall of the next cottage--didn't catch it, but it really tried. I didn't know they ate lizards!

Then we come to the bunnies. They're cute and cuddly, and...

WEIRD! After hopping about, nibbling choice morsels here and there (including a couple of Cheez-Its I grudgingly parted with as bait), these two scampered off and began some sort of bizarre rabbit ritual whereupon Rabbit the First stands still and stares down Rabbit the Second. Rabbit the Second then runs full-tilt at Rabbit the First, who jumps STRAIGHT UP. This is repeated many, many times. Then they stop and hippity-hop off into the creosote bushes. Ok, whatever makes you happy, guys.....

(click on photo for larger view of cwazy-wabbit-behaviow)

Nice shadows on the trunk of the mesquite (I think) next to our patio.

Seedpods of same.

On the way home, we pass Picacho Peak. Sorry about the poor photo.

There are pecan groves on either side of the freeway just before you get to Picacho. They're lovely, mature trees. I'd like to live in one when it isn't brain-frying temperatures outdoors.

And that's about it! Next time, I'll share some of the fun that Della sent me...whatta love.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

A plethora of pincushions

I want to share better photos of my recent mania with you, my blogfriends.
'Cause I know you'll understand.
And there's lots more to be oooh-ed and aaah-ed at over at the Flickr pincushion group. No, wait, look at MINE first, THEN go over there!

This one went to Jenny in the pincushion swap on Flickr. Making the bird was really fun, too.

This wee bottlecap one went to my friend Laura. We heart tequila.

This little starfish went to Lilla, also in the Flickr swap. Flickr is addicting, BTW.

Amy made this one for me in the swap. Cool that we both had starfish on the brain! And this is her FIRST pincushion! And it's mine!! There are waves on the sides, too. So sweet.

And Erica used all of my colors to make this polka-dotted beauty. I find myself just holding it on my lap, like a kitten. It's so squee!

Off to pack a quick case, then heading south of the border! No, the law isn't after us, but I'll tell you more later.

Happy Knit-in-Public Day, all!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

I love swaps and my goofy dog.

Here, just for fun, are photos of the two sweet pincushions I received in the Flick'r pincushion swap. The wee bottlecap one is from Amy, and the polka-dotty one is from Erica. Such fun! There are a couple of other shots on my Flickr page, too. I'll post the two I made after I'm certain they both arrived at their destinations. Spot thought they looked interesting.

I'm doing more softie/pincushion stuff of late; the knitting is still going, too, but not as quickly. Will likely do a fair amount this weekend as S and I run away for a gownup overnight trip this weekend to Nogales, Mexico.
Oh, and it IS Knit In Public Day on Saturday, so do it!

Speaking of Spot, here is my latest favorite shot of him:

He's come a long way from the kennel-bred dog who urped after first tasting bacon. Now, the kitchen floor is his banquet table. Thank you, Spot! Good Dog!

More posting this weekend seems likely. Happy Thursday, all!