Sunday, June 25, 2006

You Have Entered the Twilight Zone

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.

I think I have entered the Twilight Zone of knitting. Remember that I thought that I'd finish the blanket by Friday morning? Well, not only have I not finished it, it seems that no matter how many rows I knit, I still have three more inches to go. It's rather maddening.

Trek With Me Update
The Jaywalker continues to slowly grow. I actually got out and went for a 5-mile walk today on the W&OD Trail. And the Jaywalker came with me, but stayed in the car because it was decidedly moist. I think the Scots would call it a "soft" day. Between yesterday and today, we've gotten over four inches of rain, mostly in torrential downpours. It seems that over the last couple of years, we never seem to get nice long, slow rains. It's either no rain or buckets of the stuff.

But anyway, I'm making progress on the sock, but not a lot of progress on the hiking.

A Weekend with the "Grrlz"
So despite the rain and knitting in the Twilight Zone, it was a good weekend. I had dinner with Val and Gerry on Friday night. As always, we ate too much and talked a lot. At times, though, we were beginning to sound a bit...hmmm...middle-aged, shall we say? The talk turned often to the various medical things that we're facing, such as colonoscopies. Yikes! Definitely not what my grandmother would consider "polite" dinner conversation.

On Saturday, I drove up to Frederick to have lunch with another friend. We spent the afternoon visiting a lot of the little shops there, including Eleganza, the LYS there. She had some yarns, including Artyarn, that I haven't seen in other local shops. And her prices were lower than what I've seen in the shops here. Another trip is definitely in order.

Eating Local
The trip to the farmers market on Saturday yielded more yummy things. The tomatoes are beginning to come in. I also got some gorgeous red leaf lettuce from the organic stand, beef from the local cattleman, fresh mozzarella, some early peaches and late strawberries. And cherries. Yum!

Tonight's dessert was cherries served with a ricotta cardamom cream. I sweetened the ricotta with some local wildflower honey. It was good, but it was missing something. I'll have to play with that idea some more.

Okay, that's it for now. Maybe I'll have a finished blanket (well, the knitting part) the next time I post.


Sheepish Annie said...

(geek reveal here) Didja ever see the Star Trek TNG episode where Picard ends his round of captivity and torture by crying out, "There are five lights"? This after being told that there were six in order that he might just cave and give in to the madness...that's what your Twilight Zone Blanket reminds me of. (of course I may have the numbers reversed as I'm not so geeky that I can recall the episode verbatim) Did you happen to notice any Romulans in the vicinity?

Mia said...

Your mention of Eleganza reminds me that I need to go in there. It has been awhile since I have been in Kristine's shop. Did you make it into Keep-Me-In-Stitches?

The next time you plan to coome up to Frederick, please let me know. I will email you some contact infor offline.