Sunday, March 28, 2010

Miss Me?

I realize that you don't expect a post from me more than once every week or 10 days, but this time, I was really out of town!

With my mom, brother, and niece, I went to San Antonio to visit my sister and brother-in-law. I'm really lucky they still live there, because it gives me a good reason to visit the city I lived in for 23 years! Our visit, which was timed to take place during my niece's spring break, also coincided with my sister and BIL's move to the house they just bought. I'm sorry to say that I didn't take a single picture of their new-to-them house, which is adorable -- built in 1959, hardwood floors throughout, built-ins in every room, original tile (and not ugly colors!) in both bathrooms, big trees in the back yard -- you would love it!

I did get a chance to meet up with some of my knitter friends. We went someplace new to me - a great Chilean restaurant called Chile Lindo (that's a Yelp link - I thought they had a website, but can't find it). The empanadas were great and, of course, so was the company!

San Antonio knitters

The family also made our usual pilgrimage to Rudy's (the original one, in Leon Springs). There, I only managed to take pictures of the meat (turkey and brisket) and the remnants of the amazing creamed corn, although I also ran into some former co-workers. I also had lunch with some co-workers at Thai Taste, one of our favorite lunch places for years. (That link goes to CitySearch, where it seems to be one of those places reviewers either love or hate. I have to say that I love it - the food is great and the service is excellent. It's not fancy, but then again - it's also really cheap. It's also always busy at lunchtime, so it's fine with me if those people who don't like it stay away!)

I also had Tex-Mex at least four times (breakfast tacos twice, Taco Cabana for lunch, and Perico's for dinner). And when not eating, I was yarn-shopping! First I stopped by the Yarn Barn, where I bought Alisha Goes Around sock yarn (merino/bamboo/nylon) -- Alisha is from New Braunfels, just north of San Antonio --

Alisha Goes Around sock yarn

and a skein of the very decadent Hand Maiden Casbah (merino/cashmere/nylon) in Midnight, which will be a thank-you gift for my cat caretaker.

Hand Maiden Casbah in Midnight

And then, at the insistence of all those knitters up there, I made a trip up to Comfort to The Tinsmith's Wife. Wow! What a great place -- well worth the 90 mile round trip! There I met Bill, the owner's father who holds down the fort, and Laurel and Noro, who are extremely laid-back cats. The shop is very cute (as is, frankly, all of downtown Comfort) and they have a wonderful selection of yarn. I came out with three skeins of Mission Falls 1824 Cotton destined to become a baby hat,

Mission Falls 1824 Cotton

two skeins of Kollage Creamy (80% milk and 20% cotton!),

Kollage Creamy (Milk and Cotton blend)

and a skein of String Theory Caper sock yarn (merino/cashmere/nylon) in Bowmore, which will make a beautiful shawlette.

String Theory Caper Sock in Bowmore

And -- I finally finished the Bougainvillea socks! Love them! The yarn is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in cranberry.

Bougainvillea socks


Helen said...

somebody had an awful lot of fun....
color me jealous!

Bezzie said...

Mmmm..Taco Cabana and yarn, doesn't get better than that!

Chris said...

Sounds like a great time! Your socks turned out great.

*goes back to admiring the Casbah*

Mary Lou said...

Taco Cabana -- yum. I always try to go to the Sombrero Rosa when I am there because going in a giant pink concrete sombrero makes my day.

linda-the-sister said...

I'm so glad you love our house! I didn't want to go to work this morning; I would much rather have stayed at home, sliding pocket doors and opening and closing drawers in built-ins. :)

I actually also LOVE the built-in hampers - having the laundry bags in there works really well.

Tomorrow's recycling day and I'm inordinately excited and pleased with myself.

Simon says HI and he says next time you come down tell that doggie to STAY HOME.

Steven said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time. It's only 9:02am, but I already want lunch after reading about all the yummy S.A. eateries. And thanks for cluing me into The Tinsmith's Wife. I'd never heard of it, but will have to check it out.

Marguerite said...

Glad you had a good time. I got hungry reading all about it.

Anonymous said...

Welcome home! What lovely yarn.

mrspao said...

Sounds like a great trip. Love the Casbah yarn, too.

I like the kitty in the background.

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