Bon Appetit & Baby Feet
Bonjour, and let me apologize to my French, Cajun, and culinary friends because I cannot remember how to add accents to words that need them while I'm here on the laptop. SHHHHHH......don't tell the little lusciousgraciouschildren, as they are correcting my French pronunciation and punctuation on a regular basis already.
Anyway, it's better than the Saturday Night Live "Jeopardy" sketch. Ask Illanna, or Alex. At least I remembered that second "p".
This week promises to be an emotional and interesting one for many, many people. Brother Kent will be returning to New Orleans to help prepare his restaurant for business and help with general clean-up until he can return "home". His boss, and owner of Cuvee (again, no accent available), will be putting him up in the meantime. Lucky for Kent; a job and a place to stay. He has also heard from his landlord, and is hopeful that he may have a place to move into someday, and until then he has assured me that his "couch surfing" days aren't too far out of his memory. That is surely one of the positive aspects of being as social and caring as Kent is.....lots and lots of friends.
While we can't speak for every citizen of that great city, we know that Kent is glad to be going back. He knows that there are hard days ahead, but also knows that the work is worth the effort. I think he is excited to see the people he loves. Places, too. We wish him the best!
Have you seen the September issue of Bon Appetit magazine? It lists the top 5 US food cities. Yep.....New Orleans! And guess who gets to represent? Cuvee....complete with a picture of Chef Bob and his staff, including Kent (he's the guy with the red beard, not the guy with the dirty apron, on page 153. AND, Kent wanted you all to know that even though the young lady to the left of Bob is wearing an apron, it is just there to balance the photograph. No one with open-toed shoes is allowed in that kitchen. She's a hostess! I was more concerned with the dirty apron on picture day, but Kent seems to think that the Board of Health is checking magazine photos for imaginary violations....).
While our baby days are LOOOOOOOOONG behind us, we are suddenly awash in anxiously awaiting the parenthood of several friends. You know, people our age, just now deciding to start the family. Won't they be tired? I'll just be tired for them....
No, really, it all just makes us jealous, and a little bittersweet. Ummmmm, baby feet.
And what do baby feet need? Baby socks.
Good thing they are quick. And addictive. And, they use up the little tiny balls of leftover sock yarn. I have boxes of that.....
Both pair are quite boyish. Anyone having a girl? I can't resist hats, either. But they all end up too frilly for even modern parents to put on a boy.
This one is made up, using some little edging from Nicky Epstein's book and some of that ever-present Cascade "Fixation". I crocheted the flower in my own backward way.
This tiny hat-like item is Stephen's swatch for a bigger baby gift. Hey, it's felted!
Here's the real thing, in progress. Still a surprise.....
And Koigu curling. More to come.
Here's one for Group D. It's in the washer as I speak (both are Brown Sheep Bulky).
And what is Lulu up to while not knitting? Her newest love, the clarinet! I don't even have to make her shut the door anymore while she practices (WORST MOM EVER). Honestly, I was prepared for years of awful squeaks and gasps, but that shows how little I know about musical instruments. Or maybe she really is a prodigy. Better save her a place in the orchestra, Uncle David. Lucy, we are proud of you, and of your love of art, music, reading, and learning in general. Your enthusiasm for school and life are catching, as is your sweet smile.
Look at the sisters. They are so happy to be at the City Bakery. We always meet up with such great knitters and other artists. Lily loves to tell them the latest in scientific exploration and knock-knock jokes. She spent most of Saturday planning and scheming for future projects in her special version of the Big Red Book of Knitting (her's is the Little version). Oh, and let's not forget the wristbands. I am so proud! Lucy continued work on her second sock of the pink and green pair. It's always a crowd-pleaser, a young one busy with dpn's.
Know what that is in the glass? The BEST lime-aid in the world. Homemade. Just like the gorgeous centerpiece. It was a gift from our favorite waitress. When we arrived Saturday morning, we thought that the place had been rented out, and that our tables were reserved. They were, FOR US! K. had decorated our usual places with the flowers and be-ribboned flatware. Add the to-die-for almond croissants, and the place is heaven. Thanks to her and B., our Saturdays are extra-special.
So much more has been going on, but it will keep for a future post. In the meantime, enjoy the clues below, and try to divine the fibery-goodness coming your way. And, if anyone can properly identify the object to the left of the Coke can, there's a prize in it for you....
Have a fabulous Monday,
Kiki, who WILL have a better week this time around.