This year is a Leap Year and today is Leap Day! So, Happy Leap Day!
I had a crazy busy week. It was my Birthday last week and I got lots of goodies and had a fantastic week!
Darlene posted the greatest picture on my FB page:
Google even knew it was my special day:
My friend Suzi got me my favorite shortbread cookies form Panera (my friend Amy got me a scone and cinnamon roll for breakfast, but I ate them before I could snap a picture):
Yvette sent me well wishes with pictures of my Celesete and Cataleya at the rodeo!
Jaime got me beautiful orange roses and a bottle of wine!
Darlene got me a fancy nostepinne! She even had my name engraved on it. I wound one skein of the yarn for my Citadel on it. It is sooooo cute! It is not as easy as it seems...but it was fun!
My parents gave me a Spätzle maker. For Mother's Day last year, my sister brought one of these makers to my mom's house and we made Spätzle with it. It was delicious....Now I cannot wait to make it whenever I want just for me :)
They also gave me a Packet to help me make the mushroom Cream sauce to go with the Spätzle and some Schnitzel.
My parent's asked me what I wanted for my "Birthday Dinner" and I told them I wanted steak. Not just any steak, but a steak my parents call "Jerry Golden Steak". The steak is usually a flank steak but what makes it "Jerry Golden" is a certain sauce a friend of theirs (named Jerry Golden) made. The sauce has Butter, Worcestershire Sauce, and some Seasoning all mixed up (yea, all low fat stuff...LOL)! My dad also got a Kobe Steak Cut and some lobster tails.....it was delicious....here is what was left (right before I finished it off)!
Then...Jaime took me to Fredericksburg, TX for just a one night stay....there is a German restaurant there that serves Spätzle and we had made these plans before I knew I would be getting a Spätzle maker from my parents as a present....so here is my meal at Ausländer:
We walked the streets of Fredericksburg and got some homemade fudge and I got Antonio a long candy necklace (Long story why I only got him one...but I watched him on Friday evening and Saturday and I took him to my parents for the rest of Saturday and told him I would bring him something back and I was supposed to watch him on Sunday, but Bizzle ended up watching him), and I got myself a Pumpkin Spice Candle...this candle smells very cinnamon-y and I love it...I have already burnt it in my house and I love the smell! It will last 120-140 hours :)
I also stopped at a fabric shop that had some yarn....but not really yarn I was looking for....I did see this absolutely adorable fabric....but I did not buy any and now I kind of wish I would...but I would have to ask Darlene to sew a bag for me and she does enough for me already so it is good that I did not buy any :)
Oh, and on the way to Fredericksburg....Jaime stopped in Comfort so I could go to The Tinsmith's Wife....I was good, I only got some colorful stitch markers.
Oh, and last but not least....Precious got to go to the groomers for pampering on my Birthday (but she does not consider it pampering).....Yes, I swear this is the same dog...one pic taken in the morning and one in the afternoon...I feel so terrible for taking so long to take her!
Now, I bet you are wondering if I got to knit at all (since this is a knitting blog)...Well, I did!
I worked a little on my Citadel...When I watched Antonio over the weekend, he saw me try it on and of course he said "I wanna try!" so I put it on him too! He loved it...LOL!
I finished my February Socks....just in the knit of time (pun intended). This is my first pair of socks where I did a true afterthought heel and cut my knitting...
Tomorrow I get to start my March socks and I have my yarn ready:
The only other thing I worked on is new....yup, we all know I have nothing else to knit on....so Darlene really wants to make the 3 Color Cashmere Shawl by Joji Locatelli...so I stash dove....I am going to use some yarn that was part of a club kit last year along with some Wollmeise in Blend in Black that I had...I want to call it "What's Black and White and Pink All Over"...LOL!
Here is my start:
I have been doing really well with my Continental knitting....the above shawl is almost all continental. The beginning tab start was done throwing, and I find myself throwing on accident sometimes, but over 90% of it is all continental....Yeah Me!
I leave you with a couple of pics....one is a gorgeous wreath my sister got me from a church auction and one is my mom's orchid. On the LSSK thread, some of the ladies are always showing their gorgeous orchids...when I went my mom's house, hers was in bloom and so pretty, I had to take a picture.
Have great week everyone....I hope you get lots of knitting
Happy Happy Happy Knitting!