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…