You all know it wouldn't be me if I didn't break up my trip into several posts - hey, I have a lot to share and it can't be contained into one measly little recap! Here's the first one: Blogger Buddies.
Debby was kind enough to plan a trip to the bay area while I was in town, and she spent an entire day with me - thanks, Debby! She picked me up and we headed off to our first destination - a yarn shop...which happened to be conveniently located in a cute little shopping area near a deli/bakery and an outdoor courtyard. We perused the yarn selection - gorgeous and overwhelming - and then decided to check out the other yarn store in town, just in case. That one was overwhelming and chaotic, so we ended up going back to the original store - after lunch at the deli/bakery, of course.
Debby at the chaotic yarn shop
Lunch was a delicious apple/Gruyere/Gorgonzola panini, followed by French macaroons for dessert! My first time to try them - a caramel and a mocha flavor. Lemme just say, these lived up to their hype. Holy yum!
Oh, we also made a quick stop at Java Bob's, where we both bought some really good coffee, and I learned all about espresso grinds.
I've already brewed several cups of my Jazzland Dark roast, and boy is it good!
Then we spent a couple hours knitting together, which was pretty cool considering that Debby taught me how to knit six months ago. I had a sweater pattern that was giving me trouble, so she read it and helped me get started (for the third time, lol...I am quite proficient in unraveling my projects). I have high hopes that this time, I will actually be able to continue the process. Oh, and in talking with the expert knitter, I discovered that the sweater might be a bit small for me - my "fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants" style of knitting (gauge swatch? what gauge swatch??) apparently doesn't always work with fitted garments. No worries, though...I know a couple of people smaller than me who it will fit (or I can diet into it, depending on exactly how small it turns out).
Finally we went back into the original yarn shop. It was so interesting to watch Debby choose yarn - she has such a great sense of artistry with colors (her quilts are incredible) - while I have a harder time seeing the big picture, so to speak, when it comes to putting things together. I did, however, fall in love with the colors of this yarn - it's Malabrigo Rasta in Indiecita color. Wow. It knits up beautifully, and while it was expensive, I am so glad I bought it!
Long story short, I started making a scarf (on size 17 needles) but loved the colors and feel so much that I decided to buy more yarn and make a throw instead. Only the shop didn't have any more of this color, so I chose a similar color...now, I don't know what to make with this. Back to the scarf? Who knows...
After we finished buying our treasures at the yarn shop, we headed out for frozen yogurt. They are not as prolific in Santa Cruz as they are in my town, but luckily I remembered seeing one (my description to Debby: "it's in a green strip center on the right side of the street" - almost as good as having GPS, right?) and soon we were in froyo heaven.
This was our dinner - nothing wrong with that, right?
All in all, a great day spent with a wonderful friend.
A week later, I got to meet up with Janell for our "second annual once a year meeting" as she so eloquently put it. We met at a BBQ restaurant in Scott's Valley, with Barbara, Theresa and her little friend Emma along for the visit. I love that Janell is so easy to talk to - there's no shy, awkward pauses...we just get into things right away. Although the visit was missing her adorable dog, Bella (I tried to convince Janell to call her a service dog so she could bring her into the restaurant!), and it was short, we had a great time. Afterward, we posed for a few pictures, with Barbara using my camera and Theresa using Janell's:
Janell, come visit me in Texas and I'll show you so many animal heads mounted on walls that you'll burn up your camera battery if you try and take a picture of each one! Yep, it's crazy out here.
Janell drove off in her convertible VW Bug, which impressed Theresa and Emma so much ("ooh, she's putting the top down!") - it was too cute. Another great visit with a lovely, lovely woman.