Monday, March 3, 2008

Birthday weekend and yarn galore

Saturday was my birthday, and I must say, I had a really happy weekend all due to my wonderful bf. First, we headed down to downtown La Jolla where we got Belgian crepes from my favorite crepe restaurant. I haven't been there in 2 years! Back at UCSD, the lady who owns the restaurant would come every Tuesday to the UCSD Farmer's Market on Library Walk and I would always buy a lunch crepe with turkey and avocado, or a strawberry nutella crepe. Or a lemon crepe when I was feeling health-conscious and/or economical. It was every bit as delicious as I remembered.

Afterwards, we went to over to the La Jolla library to pick up a crochet book that I requested. The book doesn't look too impressive, but I always enjoy going to that branch. The furniture there is so awesome compared to other branches!

Then came the highlight of the day! Maybe even highlight of the month for me. Knitting in La Jolla! The magical LYS that I've been reading such good reviews about. It is a little shop located next to Hard Rock Cafe, but I couldn't believe how many beautiful, designer yarns were stacked inside. And not just yarns, but needles, hooks, books, buttons, and other notions. I was drooling and foaming at the mouth. Surprisingly, the prices weren't too bad. I mean, prices are always higher in LYS than online because they need to understandably make a profit. But, I discovered there were some yarns that weren't too much higher than they usually sell for online.

So happy was I that we spent 2 hours in the store. Yes, and they flew by. Bf was so good to put up with me and didn't even complain once. Later, he had to buy a Rubik's Revenge cube from Geppetto's down the street to cheer himself up from being cooped up for so long. Hehe.

After much consideration (I am rather slow at making decisions), I decided to purchase 5 skeins of Tahki Cotton Classic in a royal purple color for my next Short 'N Sweet. I couldn't decide between purple or light orange. Bf thought light orange would be good for spring, but I literally don't own any orange apparel. According to him, "orange is in for Spring". And sadly, after looking at the many clothing retailer ads in my email, I think he may be right! Oh well. Maybe I'll go back one day to get the orange. ;-) My best find in the store was the Tahki Stacy Charles Crochet 2nd Edition pattern booklet. I was lusting over that last week, and was about to purchase it online for $18, not including shipping. But I found it in the store for only $10! Score! So happy! And the owner told me that they didn't have the book until I spotted it wedged in between the crochet books in a corner. :-)

The rest of the day went by smoothly, and we had dinner at Spice & Rice. Another restaurant that I have not been to for 2 years. It was yummy. Then we finished the night by catching Definitely, Maybe on a whim and later, Ratatouille. All in all, a very full and happy birthday!

And now onto the pictures!

Beautiful Debbie Bliss alpaca silk in Aran weight that my bf gifted upon me, among other delightful birthday gifts. Not exactly sure what I will do with it. It comes out to about 210 yards. Perhaps a hat or scarf?

My lovely, Tahki Cotton Classic with the gorgeous Tahki Crochet pattern booklet!!!

And finally my long-awaited, new bookshelf! I was beginning to run out of room on my smaller bookshelf due to my rapidly growing collection of DVDs and toy figures. Picked this up from Wal-mart yesterday for a really good price and bf helped me put it together in an hour. I think I will save my top shelf for my WIPs and the crochet/knitting books that will surely fill it in the future!

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