Sunday, August 19, 2007

Chloe and Oysters in the Desert

My friend A recently gave birth to a precious 3 lb+ baby girl. Mom's life was endangered by a rare condition and as a result, the doctor performed an emergency C-section. A told me how she didn't feel like a mother for the first month after giving birth, since her daughter remained at the hospital in intensive care. But mom and baby (who finally came home) are doing well. In both of their honor, I knitted Chloe (Kai Cable Sweater from Natural Knits for Babies and Moms.)

I used Blue Sky Organic Cotton - although I LOVE the feel of this yarn, I had overwhelming amounts of cotton lint on my clothes after knitting with it. What's worse, the strands of my second skein kept breaking, especially when I was seaming. Was this just a case of a bad skein, or is this yarn apt to shred?

Smoking martinis at The Falls

I finished the sweater during K and my quick weekend getaway to Indian Wells/Palm Desert, where we lounged by the pool, ate, drank, slept, shopped, and golfed 18 holes in 110 degree heat. Call us crazy. Wine tasting in Temecula on Sunday in 100 degrees and later hitting San Diego in 90 degree heat was a breeze, in comparison to our time in the desert. But we had a great time, especially for only $99 a night at Miramonte Resort and Spa. At The Falls in La Quinta, we enjoyed some smoking martinis and ate my possibly new favorite raw oysters on half shell - the Totten Inlet Virginica, profiled in the NY Times as "the best oyster on the planet." Yum.


Anonymous said...

Crazy! ;) I'm glad you two had such a great time- a well deserved getaway for you both! Adorable sweater, too!

Krista said...

Scary. I'm glad both are doing fine now.

It's stories like that that make me realize how lucky we have been with pregnancy and labor.

The sweater is adorable. Looks like a mini version of a sweater in the first Stitch 'N Bitch book.

nicole said...

The sweater is too cute. The little one will be so warm and cuddly in it.

I've worked with Blue Sky cotton a few times and had problems with the fuzzing and breaking too. It doesn't stand up to frogging very well either.

Disentangled said...

Very cute! And I'm glad mom & baby are doing fine. As for the breaking, it wouldn't surprise me if it is magnified as a result of you being a left hand knitter. When I work left handed my yarn tends to unwind and pull apart especially with yarns with few plys or lightly spun.