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While we were in Austin, we ate well - an Italian restaurant the night before the race (Quattro Gatti - we walked to it from our hotel), Red Robin after the race, and on Monday morning before we came home, I wanted to go out for a real breakfast...I'd say about 90% of the time I eat the same thing for breakfast (Fage Greek yogurt, fresh fruit or Craisins, and homemade granola), but I was wanting an omelet. I used the "Around Me" app on my iPhone, and The Omelettry popped up. Off we went, and holy cow, was that a good decision. We each ordered a different omelet and split them...double the tastes! Plus, they came with a side of pancakes - buttermilk, whole wheat, or GINGERBREAD. You can guess what we chose, lol! It was a lot of food (plus many cups of their delicious fresh-ground coffee), and we didn't end up eating again until nearly 7:00 that night. We will definitely return next time we're in Austin!
The Omelettry - Jeff is pointing to a "mini Beyonce" that was on the roof of the restaurant...click here if you haven't read the story of Beyonce - it's hilarious!
Knitting update: The first launch of a knitting project was a resounding success. And yes, I'm talking trajectory...frustrations grew to an all-time high and my mystery shawl was sent flying across the room. I've lost count of how many times I've unknitted it - heck, my friend Cary even worked on it for at least 30 minutes, trying to fix one of my mistakes, before she unraveled six rows back to a lifeline. So you can imagine my ire when I picked it up the next day and, two rows in, discovered that I'd made another mistake. I tinked back to it but couldn't make it right. So I unraveled to the lifeline - but somehow I couldn't get all the frippinfrappin stitches back on the needle. Tried again, and again. Then the launch took place. I know Tom Hanks said there's no crying in baseball, but I'm telling you, there was some crying with knitting.
Eventually I picked everything up and stuffed it into the bag. This project is in time-out until it can be nice again.
Even though I am really frustrated with that project, I still love knitting and was really excited to go to a couple yarn stores in Austin. On Saturday afternoon we went to Gauge, which was located in a pretty part of town - they even have an outdoor courtyard where you could sit and knit, provided the weather is nice. Lots of gorgeous yarn there - if I had more confidence in my sweater-knitting abilities, I would have bought every skein of a particular yarn that I loved - Madeline Tosh Vintage, in Baltic color (a gorgeous blue). I hedged my bets and just bought one skein to make a cowl that they had on display - I love it when yarn stores have projects knitted up so you can see what they really look like, and how the yarn looks when it's knitted, too.
I noticed afterward that the pattern's skill level was "ambitious beginner" - I think that's a pretty good description of my knitting abilities at this point!
Here's the yarn:
Seriously, wouldn't a sweater made out of this color be gorgeous??? Some day...
The next day, after the race (and lunch), we went to Hill Country Weavers. This shop is located in an old house - imagine room after room of yarn! I wandered through for quite a while, touching everything, quizzing the patient woman who worked there on what would work for what I had in mind, and referring to my list of potential projects that I wanted yarn for. Plus, I finally bought the needles I need for a sweater that I've been wanting to make, so I can get started with that soon.
Yes, they are giant - size 17 US.
Here's the yarn I came home with...I have plans, big plans, for all of it!
Looks like I was loving the color blue! The green, blue and rainbow yarn in the top right picture is for a linen-stitch scarf - should be bright and cheery. Hats are for most of the rest, and I'm thinking a cowl for the pretty blue/gray yarn.
And now, I just have to decide which project to start first! Fun times ahead...and hopefully, no massive frustrations. Neither Paco nor I can take much more of that!
I haven't forgotten about the whole reason we went to Austin - THE RACE. It took me a while to write up the recap, and it's rather long (no surprise there), so I'll post it on Monday. In the meantime, I'm running 6 miles tomorrow (only 6 - it's a miracle!) while Jeff is off doing some rock climbing training with the Boy Scouts. Should be a quiet weekend, with plenty of time to, you guessed it, knit!
Have a great weekend!