Monday, June 29, 2009

Seven Year Pouch

This past month, H and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary!

We always use the chalice we used in our wedding ceremony, a Japanese tablecloth from my grandfather, and a couple of brass candlesticks from my sister that go very well with our chalice. We always give each other "traditional" gifts - this year it was wool. H decided to form an association called PAW (people against wool). He has had one too many scratchy sweaters in his life, and generally despises winter. I'm slowly introducing him to this luscious blend of cashmere, silk and merino wool however...

Pattern: Soft Drawstring Pouch from Last Minute Knitted Gifts (smallest of the three sizes)

Yarn: Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK, leftover from these baby booties (I used every last inch of the leftover yarn!)

Needles: US 1 double pointed

He was terrified that his present was a pair of socks. Ha! This pouch was perfect - he doesn't have to wear it, and it will be useful for lots of things. In particular, as a travel pouch for his rolled up ties.

H gave me a beautiful creme wool beret which came in the mail a day or two after our celebration. In the meantime, he gave me the card you see in the second picture - incredibly sweet and meaningful to us. Soon I'll post pictures of my latest knitting project. Stay tuned...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Las Vegas

My sweetie and I just got back from fabulous Las Vegas - mostly a business trip, but we also squeezed in some fun!

These were the coolest freakin umbrellas I've ever seen. Look at those ruffles! Must figure out how to make these.

Serendipity 3 at Ceasars Palace - yummers!

Isn't this a beautiful awning? I love the white/gold/yellow and the fringe.

I would describe Las Vegas as more sumptuous than naughty. H and I figured that even if you win big, you are so surrounded by stuff to spend your money on that the house still wins.

This is the Fashion Show Mall, where I went to have my complimentary facial - there were a few perks to the conference we attended :)

Quite possibly my favorite part of the whole trip - the free lunch that came with my facial! It was fabulous except for the tea - I really didn't know what to make of it. It was some sort of herbal tea. I hate to admit it, but I'm not a tea connoisseur just yet. It is one of my foodie ambitions to appreciate good tea. As of now I like black tea with cream and sugar or plain green tea. Not too exciting...

Here is the Eiffel Tower's evil twin in Vegas. Thrilling to see it all lit up at night :)

This was one of the most spectacular things we saw - fantastic glass flowers on the ceiling of the Bellagio. Wow. That took a while.

These beauties are the crystal pillars in the lobby of Trump's Vegas hotel. Classy!

I can't wait to show you pictures of my latest knitting project - my anniversary gift to H. H and I just celebrated 7 years last night. Rather stunning - I still feel like a rather newly wed couple, very strange indeed. And fortunately I'm no itchier now than I was when we got married. Take THAT seven year itch!