Monday, March 23, 2009

Back from Spring Break

I really meant to blog while on vacation, but I didn't. I also didn't take a whole lot of pictures.

I went to San Antonio with my mom, brother, and 12-year-old niece for Spring Break. I got to see lots of old friends (knitting and not), go to some of my favorite places, eat some of my favorite food, and shop at a "new" yarn store. What could be better?

The first whole day we were there, I got to see "my knitters." I have to say that although I've met lots of nice knitters here in Iowa, I haven't met a group that matches this one!

San Antonio Knitters
Around the table from the left: Kim, Claude, Enid, Michelle, Debra, Mary, Amy, and Courtney.

Hiding behind Mary is Jody.
Jody and Mary

This is a nice segue, because another thing I did was spend some time with Jody's cat Gracie.


Isn't she cute? She's also a little devil. She's the first real "attack cat" I've ever met. Simon occasionally hisses at someone he doesn't know, but Gracie attacks. If I were a thief breaking into Jody's (very cute) house, Gracie would probably scare me off!

To return to knitting -- I visited the Yarn Barn's new location. It's very cute, and carries some nice yarn.

Yarn Barn haul

At the back is two skeins of Shibui sock yarn (colorway 1797 a.k.a. red), in front of that is a skein of J. Knits sock yarn in Palm Springs, and then in front of it all, a skein of Hand Maiden Camelspin in Rose Garden. And off to the side there, in that little striped bag, is a set of Lantern Moon size 1 ebony Sox Stix. (You can never have too many size 1 DPNs!)

I did non-yarn related stuff, too, although I didn't take pictures of it all. A lot of it seemed to involve food! Like -- eating lunch with former co-workers. One day, about 25 people got together at Thai Taste (best Thai food in San Antonio, and sometimes it seems like there's as many Thai restaurants as Tex-Mex in SA), and another day, there were just three of us at a Tex-Mex hole in the wall. Like -- visiting my friend Pat in her gorgeous new house. (I can't believe I didn't take pictures!). Like -- going to Gruene (say "Green"), eating at The Gristmill, and visiting Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas.

The whole family went to the King Ranch Museum in Kingsville, then on down to Corpus Christi and Port Aransas, where we ate at another favorite, Snoopy's, right on the water. Then we went on down to the beach, where it was chilly but it was the beach!

Port Aransas

Obviously, it was a busy week, but I had a great time. I also kept forgetting that I don't live there anymore!


Chris said...

Glad you had such a great break!

Michelle said...

It was great seeing you again!
I have some Camelspun that's burning a hole in my stash, but I'm waiting for the "right" project to present itself. I'm eager to see what you do with yours!

Steven said...

You're welcome back to Texas any time!

Amysatx said...

Really enjoyed seeing you and looks like you got some good yarn!! Glad you made it home safe and sound!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a great time. I had intentions of blogging on vacation-even took my Acer netbook. I did Plurk