Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Gauge Knits, another great yarn shop in NW Austin

I've heard about a new yarn shop, Gauge Knits opening up in Austin a while back. I even looked it up but have not had a chance to check it out until today. It was well worth taking the time.

It's a serene, open and very friendly store. The first thing you see when you walk in is a comfortable sitting area. I didn't look at it close enough to get the details. My eyes immediately fixed on the neatly organized yarns along the walls. I was so happy that they carry so many natural yarns, especially cotton. I've been looking for cotton yarn for summer crochet and haven't had much luck, until now.

I had my arms full of yarns, much more than I can afford of course. I decided on a medium weight cool cotton in gray to make a summer scarf for my son, Jaimie, a beautiful lace weight red yarn for a light summer scarf, a white light gauzy tape yarn for a light drop stitch scarf and a variegated yarn in shades blue seafoam to make another wave scarf for my etsy shop. The other ones that I had to put back will just have to wait until next time. Hopefully that will be soon.

If you're in Austin and have not visited Gauge Knits, check them out. They're just a couple of blocks off of 2222 and MOPAC.

Gauge Knits
5406 Parkcrest Dr
Austin, TX 78731
(512) 371-9300

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Mother Day Special in my Etsy Shop - FREE SHIPPING! on all item.

I'm running a Mother's Day special in my Etsy shop this week. All item order from Sunday, April 26 through Sunday, May 3 will receive USPS First Class Mail free shipping.

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10, 2009. Give your mother special gift to show her how special and loved she is. All items in my shop are hand made with love by me.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Some cute stuffs at Breed & Company Hardware

Aren't these gnomes precious?

Cute little basket of little plants on a cute chair!

I love my card wallet but it's getting pretty ratty. So, I had to picked up a new one at Breed & Co. card wallet. Found lots of other cute stuffs too. Sigh...

Plant shopping at It's About Thymes with Renee

Big Rooster Metal Sculpture

Peggy Martin Antique Rose tag

Peggy Martin Antique Rose

Martha Gonzales Antique Rose

Renee's Knock Out Rose

I've been needing to get my garden started for this year but have not had a chance. Work has been horribly crazy (but I am thankful I have a job.) Finally got all of the hot jobs out for the moment. So, I went to It's About Thymes in south Austin near Manchaca with my BFF Renee.

It was a lot of fun. We spent hours there. Renee has never been there and was amazing with what they have in stock. She's looking for Knock Out Rose for her front yard and other plants for the garden. I was looking for Thai pepper, Siam Queen basil and Sacred (Holy) basil.

We saw some cool metal garden sculptures and many other garden ornaments. We saw Peggy Martin Antique Rose that survived a few days under 21' of salt water of hurricane Katrina. It's a climbing rose that I will keep that in mind when I want another pink climber.

Renee found a beautiful Knock Out rose. She also considered Martha Gonzales which the gentleman at the nursery highly recommended as a very easy growing, tough antique rose. She decided to stick with the Knock Out that Lucinda recommended. She also got a Sumac Jasmine, gardenia and some ivy.

I got 6 4" pot of Thai pepper, 6 4" pots of Thai Sacred Basil, a 4" pot of Thai eggplant, and a 4" pot of the hottest pepper in the world "Bhut Jolokia". I'm going to tag this one Wayne's Pepper. He he... All these plants are very hard to find but It's About Thymes almost never failed me.

All and all it was a very successful and fun outing. We went to the Knitting Nest on the way home. It's way south on Slaughter Lane. Tera told Renee about it. Renee's gone there before but trying to get some cool yarn for me for my birthday last Nov. 4 (yes! election day)they were closed.

I got some beautiful yarn from there. I also learned about Code Pink for Peace and the White House pink quilt cozy project. They going to hang on the White House fence on Mother's Day. The project is collecting 4" knitted and crocheted squares from women all over the country to make the quilt. The background will be pink and letters will be blue. I bought a pink Cascade220 yarn in Cotton Candy pink to make some. Have to get busy with that since they have to send it by the first of May.

The Knitting Nest is an awesome shop. It has a very good vibes when you walked in. I'll definitely make many more trips down there even though it's so far from Cedar Park.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Day trip to Llano to see the Bald Eagles

That was the plan any way. Supposedly there're 4 eagles living there.

It was a beautiful day for a ride. Lots of bikes on the road going the same way. Wayne said they're sport bike so they can go a lot faster than us. If I remember correctly, they're members of "StreetFX" from Houston. At least that's what their jacket said :-)

When we got to the eagles viewing area, there were a few cars and people waiting for the eagles but no eagles. We rode into Llano and ate a ton of Cooper's B-B-Que. That was worth the trip in itself, I think. There were a big group of dual sport bikes getting to the restaurant at the same time. They're from Junction, TX. Wayne was envious. We stop by to check out the eagles again on the way home, still not there. This time there was only 1 car waiting. Oh well, next time.