Sweet Stuff

Oh.My.   If you haven’t been to a Maggie Moo’s, you don’t know what you’re missing.  The Knight has never really recovered from losing our 31 Flavors.  The spot became a Ben & Jerry’s, which delights me to no end, but the Knight… not so much.  He always orders their bananna milkshake, and then fusses that it’s too thin.  We do have a nice little soft serve stand a couple of miles from the shop, but that’s just not the same. 

I can’t do Maggie Moo’s justice.  Just follow the link above and imagine what you’d create.  Me?  I blended Better Batter and Cool Mint, and then added mixed nuts, M&Ms and maybe something else, but I don’t recall.  I’m so glad Ann introduced me to my new favorite, cool spot in town.  I’m also glad it’s about as far away from my home and work as it can get and still be in the same city.  It will remain a great treat, and I won’t need new clothes. 

Ann came bearing gifts.  First, there was the NEW YORK maple syrup.  I know most of you think Vermont (New England at large?) has the lock on REAL maple syrup, but I beg to differ.  My mother’s paternal side resides in upstate New York, and perhaps a great-uncle brainwashed me very early in life by feeding me straight from the bucket on the side of one of his trees, but Ann agrees that NY maple syrup is distinctly different and undeniably better.  I’m not familiar with Pete’s Sweets, but she calls it her favorite, and we chatted enough about the finer qualities of NY syrup that I’m sure that tomorrow’s pancakes are going to be coated with the best syrup I’ve had in a very long time. 

Pete’s has no web presence, but the NYS Maple Producers do.  If you think all “real” maple syrups are created equal, I challenge you to give the NY versions a try.  Thanks Ann!!

Ann is also the head of a great charity, Sublynnminal Healing.  That’s the Ravelry link, but if you aren’t a member of Ravelry and still want to contribute a toy, hat or anything else a cancer patient might need or like, follow the link above to Ann’s blog and she’ll gladly welcome your donation.  Back when she first started this still-growing venture, she simply wanted to collect a few caps for her cousin (Lynn), and perhaps have a few extras for Lynn to share with her fellow patients.  Ann was so moved by that first round of generosity that she gave every donor a skein of yarn!  Now, because she knows me and likes to encourage my hobbies, she went roving shopping for yours truly. 

You get a big ol’ photo, because the purple is almost accurate in the larger photos for some reason.  Yum!  It’s from Whimzy Pinzy Creations.  (Oops!  Sorry.  I got distracted by the Feet Sheet sock yarns they’re offering over there, or will be soon…)  Ann obviously can shop for me anytime!

Last, but not least, Ann brought some of her Scarlet Fleece Lapis Woodland to share.  Scarlet Fleece is a local dyer – local as in within driving distance – and I’ve put Lapis Woodland in my cart a few times at The Loopy Ewe, only to wonder about the SERIOUS differences in the dye lots.  Some are almost pink, and as you can see here, Ann’s batch is a very dusky rose at best.  The folks at TLE are great about noting which photos most accurately reflect the batch they have for sale at a given time, so after I knit up a little something with this, I’ll decide what to do about more of this.  (Because having two, maybe three other colorways in my stash of this very yarn isn’t enough…)

I was supposed to be teaching Ann to crochet, but because I need more Moos am still rather much a novice crocheter myself, we’re going to have to try again next week or soon thereafter.  Hooray!

While I’m babbling away and taking a break from the blankie, here is an up-to-date shot. 

It’s a lovely, soft lilac color, that the camera just can’t capture so well.  I’m really enjoying this pattern, but that’s only one ball and the start of the second into a six-ball project that needs to be finished by the 24th at the very latest.  There are a few other little things I’d like to whip out between now and then too, so I’m trying to make some serious progress on ‘Lac this weekend so I can indeed work in the other wee projects without going crazy!

Because of the insane amounts of rain we’ve gotten, this is also the first chance I have had to snap a shot of the Lace Ribbon Scarf.  The KAL has long since passed me by, but it’s a great little travel project, and I’ll finish it up in time to gift it, probably for Christmas.  Yes, it would seem that lace has become my new socks, but I assure you that I still enjoy socks and hope to work a few into my summer knitting schedule!

Last night’s scrap ‘n stamp was projectless, but I did figure out how to use the embossing tools my sister gave me for my birthday.  Note from a “retired” firefighter – if you smell something burning, your heat gun is too close to the paper.  I didn’t catch it on fire, but there was a distinctive yellow spot…   Did I mention we meet at the local firehouse?  The Knight was there having dinner with Neighbor Guy’s crew, so I would have NEVER heard the end of that one!

Gals, don’t you love men who can cook?  Sigh.  I snacked on my sister’s chili dip and incredible homemade Hershey Bar brownies, but I saved room for dinner with the crew too.  I was more than rewarded.  Neighbor Guy made the neatest little puffs (from canned croissants) with chicken inside, and the best baby in the world’s dad made his signature squash, which is plain ol’ yellow squash, kinda’ steamed in a heavy pan with some onions.  Incredible.  I love this time of year with the garden-fresh veggies showing up everywhere!

I’ll have to do a garden post later, maybe tomorrow…

16 comments on “Sweet Stuff

  1. Dawn says:

    Hmmm never heard of a Maggie Moo’s! Love syrup though…my dads family lives in NY…Greene and Rochester. I’ll have to try that sometime..usually just buy Hungry Jack!:) I’ve been wanting to do that Lace Ribbon Scarf…its in my projects to do cabinet!:) Need to do another forest canopy for a bd gift and two baby blankets. Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Bubblesknits says:

    I do love me a man who cooks. 🙂 Especially since I try to burn the house down every time I turn on the oven. SNOL

    The baby blanket looks beautiful! If, you uh, need some help… 😉 Hehehe

  3. gaylen says:

    Sounds like you had a simply delightful start to the weekend. Everything you photo’d and linked was wonderful. Hope the rest of the weekend is as delightful and relaxing 🙂 g

  4. AlisonH says:

    Nothing like real maple syrup. After we lived in NH, we could never buy anything less.
    The knitting is beautiful!

  5. Amanda says:

    Sounds like you’re having great fun with Ann! Nice yarn goodness.

  6. MrPuffy says:

    They’ve never improved on 31’s chocolate chip icecream IMHO. To this day, it’s my favorite icecream and I won’t even tell you how many decades that is. Embossing – once you’ve done that it’s hard to go back to regular stamping – LOL

  7. Mary says:

    Love Men that can cook, means I don’t have too…lol
    Love the fibers!! WOW! Pretty pretty…
    Always knew the New England states had syrup but not NY, now Oregon does also cause I got some of that 🙂

    Enjoy all your goodies. I should be mailing Monday to you 🙂

  8. Alana says:

    Oooh, that roving is beauteous…. can’t wait to see what you spin out of that!! And I LOVE the blankie pattern. I’d like to have an afghan for myself knit with that pattern!

  9. Robin in VA says:

    Love Maggie Moo’s!!! Better batter mixed with ANYTHING is the bomb!
    Love the Falkland wool, the colors are amazing!

  10. Dianne says:

    Sounds like you had a great weekend. I’ve never heard of Maggie Moos, but you better believe I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for one in New Jersey!

  11. Nancy says:

    ummm..yum? so many icecream possibilties it’s endless!
    Wow…what great gifties from Ann! your post made me hungry 🙂

  12. Anita says:

    Oh, that fiber is gorgeous! Now you need a wheel!!! 😛

    Your projects are lovely, the lace ribbon scarf especially.

  13. Nancy says:

    oh yeah…lace ribbon, i’m not much further along than you. I can never KAL…I KLAL. Yours looks great, I love solid color. Fun pattern!

  14. Nichole says:

    So… when I TRY to find a Maggie Moo’s, I get “MaggieMoo’s is coming soon to your state! Stay tuned to this website for more information” humpfr.

    Having never tried upstate NY maple syrup, I have to say I’m still stuck on New England varities… 🙂

  15. Miss Me says:

    Vermont, New York, New Hampshire… NONE of their maple syrup even comes close to comparing in loveliness to Canadian Maple Syrup! Although we didn’t have a good season this year… It got too warm too fast… : (

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