Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day from ChocolateLand

Happy Valentines Day to you ALL!
For three months every year, we see a great deal of our favorite chocolate shop proprietress.

There's the traditional Christmas chocolate, Paul's birthday, our anniversary, and then Valentines day.

We both visit for all of these holidays (except Paul's BD), and she always knows exactly what we want. Usually, she has boxes set aside for us, full of our favorites. Paul particularly likes truffles and I like dark chocolate covered cherries.

She remembers the year of the Christmas chocolate disaster.

Yummy candy appears in our Christmas stockings. One year I actually purchased Paul's chocolate more than a day or two before the holiday. Then the problem was - where should I hide it?

The stockings were already hung over the fireplace. His stocking is a quilted stocking, fairly puffy looking. It was easy to hide the box of chocolates in the bottom of the stocking! Who looks in their stocking before Christmas morning? Certainly not grown adults!

However, in the weeks before Christmas, we had several fires in the fireplace. I never thought to check the chocolates.

You can see this coming, can't you?

Christmas morning, the last gift out of the stocking was what should have been a delicious box of chocolates. Paul opened the box thinking tasty thoughts, only to find a melted mass of really disgusting looking inedible chocoate melted into one corner of the box.

Now she always reminds me to be careful with my chocolates.

Anyway, we've got a lot of yummy treats for the next week or so. (And no Christmas stockings to hide them in...)

I've been working on applying the button bands on the Lopi Sweater. One side is finished. Now I need to plot out where I need the buttonholes on the other side, and I'll get that side done too.

I've fallen in love with the Kauni Effekt yarn.

So I added a few more balls to my stash. These are a teal/turquoise and a black/white colorway.

Maybe something for the Girl of the House?

This week I got some spinning and the plying completed. This is some fiber I dyed back in November, I think?

It's navajo plied to preserve the color changes. It ended up a heavy worsted weight.

Apparently I've been stuck in a blue/green colorway this long cold winter.

To the right is last weeks dyed merino, on the left is the new yarn.

Stuck in the colorway, as I said...

Today I've got BFL in the crockpot. I'm trying a new colorway. Absolutely NO blue or green. Shocking.


Rani said...

Mmmmmmmmm. Chocolate. So . . . melted chocolate . . . was it really not edible? (i have a very hard time believing that! wink)

Can't wait to see that finished lopi!!

Tonyia said...

Rani- trust me - I'll eat lots of chocolate, but this was a really nasty mess!