Tuesday, May 14, 2013

New yarn and a sweet surprise

I wanted to share something with you that made me feel all warm a fuzzy.  I purchased some yarn online with a birthday coupon from Knit Purl, a LYS in Portland, Oregon and this is what I received: 


Yep beautiful Shibui sock yarn in graphite.  You know how much I now love this yarn.  But in addition to the yarn I also received a personalized card:



Isn't that so sweet?!  I patron the shop every time I visit Portland and now they have an online customer for life.  :)   So if you visit Portland, or you are lucky enough to live near there, go shop at Knit Purl!  

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Still knitting!

I think I'm finally over my fear of knitting in public.  I think....  Maybe it depends on where I am and if I feel comfortable enough to take out my knitting.  

One place I feel comfy knitting is on public transportation - and that's a good thing as I take the Metro or bus to work every day.  The Metro is much quicker (~15 minutes) which saves on my sanity, but I'm starting to feel that the quicker commute cuts into my knitting time because when I take the bus it's a much longer commute (~45min to 1 hr, depending on traffic).  This morning I took the bus and as you might imagine, I was able to get a lot of knitting done!  



Getting closer to completing the project.  More updates soon!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

It's Spring!

A couple weeks back the cherry blossoms were in full bloom and I was reminded of why I would love to stay in this area.  Of course we took full advantage and walked and hiked at local parks each weekend (that we could) in March and April.  

One place that we love to visit is the National Arboretum.  It's a little ways away from downtown so it's not as crowded - especially during cherry blossom season when everyone is at the Tidal Basin.  Plus, the hubs volunteers as a research assistant at the arboretum so we can typically time out when full bloom will likely happen.  Here are some of my favorite shots from that day in the park: 










In addition to blossom peeping at the NA we also have another (not so) secret spot to enjoy spring.  Last year a dear co-worker introduced me to a neighborhood in Bethesda called Kenwood.  This neighborhood has multi-million dollar homes and streets lined with cherry blossoms!  I read somewhere online that there are over 1,200 trees in this little neighborhood.

I had the hubs pick me up during my lunch break and we drove over for a lunch-time walk through the neighborhood.  Oh my it was BEAUTIFUL!  The trees canopy over the street and you feel like you are walking through a movie set.  We went one day too early so not quiet at full bloom, but that was the only day I could run off-campus during lunch so it had to be.  But it was still gorgeous!